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External Scholarships

These are the current External Scholarships available to all TCC Students. Please refer to the respective scholarship sites for additional information and application materials.

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Washington State Home and Community Educators Scholarship

The Washington State Home and Community Educators is sponsoring four $1,000 scholarships for four woman, 25 years or older, who have a defined plan to continue their education to improve the possibilities for advancement or train for a new career. Special consideration will be given to women entering family-related fields.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must have a definate plan to use the desired training to enter or re-enter the job market, to improve chances for advancement or to train for a new career field
  • Must demonstrate a need for financial assistance to upgrade skills or complete their education for career advancement
  • Must be a Washington State resident and attending school in Washington State

For more information and to apply visit the Washington State Home and Community Educators scholarship page.

Deadline: All application mateirals be postmarked by May 16, 2017

The 2017-2018 Anita Bell Scholarship

The Neighborhood Clinic annually provides the Anita Bell Scholarship, in the award amount of a $500 scholarship to a second year student in the Tacoma Community College Nursing Program. The scholarship recipient must have an interest in caring for under-served communities and have a financial need.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a second year student in the TCC Nursing Program
  • Must have an interest in caring for the under-served communities
  • Must have financial need

To apply complete the paper application located here.

Completed applications must be returned to Emily Roska, Scholarship Coordinator, TCC Financial Aid Office, Building 14, by 3:00 p.m. June 1, 2017

Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants Scholarship

Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. Students must write a 500-1000 word essay explaining their career and life goals and their plan for reaching these goals.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students be currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Abbott and Fenner Scholarship page.

Deadline: June 12, 2017

The Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club Scholarship for TCC Students

The Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club is awarding up to two $3,000 scholarships to returning TCC students for the 2017-18 academic year. These funds are available for tuition, fees, and books on a quarter-by-quarter basis for three quarters. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement and community service.

Tacoma Narrows Rotary principally serves the communities of Fircrest and University Place. As one of its goals, the club recognizes the achievements of local junior high, high school, and community college students by honoring them at special events or by awarding them scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Must have completed at least 36 credits, 25 of which are college level.
  • Must average 12 college-level credits per quarter while receiving the scholarship.

To Apply:

  • Complete the TCC scholarship application located here.
  • Write a description of your academic and career goals and addressing your financial need.
  • Write an essay of at least 350 words about Rotary International. It can be about Rotary International’s contribution on the global level or about Rotary Club’s involvement and/or contribution on the local level. More information can be found at our website.
  • Provide a copy of your current grade transcript, including Spring Quarter 2017.

Completed applications must be returned to Emily Roska, Scholarship Coordinator, TCC Financial Aid Office, Building 14, by 4:00 p.m. July 5, 2017.

Counter Culturist Awakening Young Minds Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any program of study but is inteneded to primarily interest students who are studying Poetry, Law, Philosophy, English, Psychology or other Liberal Arts. You must have a passion for the written word. Students must create an essay of at least 1,000 words on the topic of how your favorite author or book changed your life.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in an Undergraduate or Postgraduate institution
  • Must be in good educational standing
  • Applicants under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian
  • Must submit the essay as a PDF, along with name, address, and proof of current enrollment.

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Counter Culturist Scholarship Page.

Deadline: August 10, 2017

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:

  • Have completed high school or plan to complete high school by Spring 2016 with plans to enroll at a non-profit post-secondary institution by fall 2016
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be involved in community service activities
  • Be younger than 30 years old
  • Be a United States citizen

For application materials, visit the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Scholarship page.

Deadline: Application will be open with a rolling deadline until all awards have been given out. Applications will be reviewed monthly.

Pleneurethics Scholarship

The Pleneurethics Society currently supports a scholarship program to assist students in achieving their educational goals. The society has established a program that supports student in the United States and Internationally. The goal of Pleneurethics is to improve the quality of living through better management of neurological resources to promote better overall health and living.

Successful applicants must complete a scholarship paper over the course of the academic year. Outstanding papers may be eligible for publication in the Journal of Pleneurethics and an additional award.

Please visit Pleneurethics for more information and to apply.

Undocumented Student (1079)
Scholarship List for Research

2014 Undocumented Scholarship Guide for College is a compilation of scholarships that were available in 2014. They are organized in chronological order.

The My (Un)Documented Life Scholarship Page has a list of current scholarships that are open to Undocumented Students and is being continually expanded with various deadlines.


Additional scholarship search sites:

Some helpful hints when applying for a scholarship:

  • Read the application carefully and follow all instructions.
  • Type all application forms, letters, essays, questionnaires, or any other information. Proofread all materials and make sure they are picture-perfect: no misspellings, no errors. It is always a good idea to have someone else look over the application and attached statements one more time.
  • Be sure your contact information is up to date. If need be, create a clean email address such as
  • Letters of recommendation (also known as a letter of reference) should come from teachers, counselors, coaches and supervisors. Letters of recommendation should never come from friends or family
  • Think of your essay as your interview. Your essay is what sets you apart from the other applicants
  • Make a copy of your completed application to keep for your records
  • Never pay for scholarship searches

A scholarship information bulletin board with current outside scholarship listings is located next to the financial aid office in Building 14. Stop by and take a look at what is available. 


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