main photo

Scholarship Process

Scholarship recipients must plan on attending TCC and continue to meet the scholarship requirements for fall, winter and spring quarters of the specified award year.

All students are encouraged to complete a financial aid application in addition to this application.
An application for a TCC Foundation scholarship does not take the place of a TCC Financial Aid application. For information about financial aid, speak with the TCC Financial Aid Office (on the Tacoma campus in Bldg. 14, phone: 253.566.5080).

Select a Topic

I Want to Apply!

  • The TCC Foundation uses AcademicWorks for scholarship applications.
  • A letter of recommendation and your most recent unofficial transcript (whether it's college or high school) are required documents. A transcript must be uploaded to your online application. Letters of recommendation are requested using a link on your Academic Works profile.

Scholarship Requirements

  • The 2015-2016 scholarships are for students who will be attending TCC the entire academic school year which includes quarters fall 2015-spring 2016.
  • Scholarship criteria vary. Scholarships are available for both full-time and part-time students. At this time, there are few scholarships available for International students. Most scholarships require WA state residency. Some scholarships are for specific areas of study or for individuals with specific backgrounds or needs. Applicants will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible, assuming all pertinent and required materials are included.
  • Undocumented students (1079) are eligible for TCC Foundation Special Award Scholarships.
  • Scholarship recipients are required to have a cumulative GPA that varies by scholarship.
  • If these requirements are not satisfied, the Foundation reserves the right to revoke scholarship funds for future quarters.

Available Scholarships

A complete list of available scholarships are available by clicking here.

Scholarship Notification

  • An email notification will be sent to the students who are offered scholarships.
  • An email will be sent to all applicants who successfully completed the process, but were not selected.
  • If you were awarded, you are required to accept the award and submit a thank you letter electronically in your AcademicWorks profile by the date listed in the award letter.
  • Awardees are also required to attend the Scholarship Recognition Event held in the fall. Details will be sent to your TCC email in late .

I was awarded! Now what?

  • You should have received an email detailing your scholarship amount(s). The acceptance agreement and a thank you letter to your donor must be submitted in AcademicWorks by the date specified in order to receive the scholarship funds.
  • Make sure you review the credit and GPA requirements for your scholarship so you register for the appropriate number of credits.
  • If your award totals more than $750, your funds will be disbursed over 3 quarters (fall, winter and spring only). If it is less than $750, you will receive the funds in the fall.
  • Enroll for classes! Classes fill up quickly, so register early. If you need additional assistance with the registration process please contact Enrollment Services at 253.566.5001.
  • Attend the Scholarship Recognition Event held in the fall. Details to come!

TCC Foundation Location

Tacoma Community College Foundation is located on the Tacoma campus at 6501 So. 19th Street, in Bldg. 6.

The Foundation office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Questions You May Have

First, check to see if your question is answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's). If you can't find your answer there, contact the TCC Foundation Office by phone (253.566.5003) or email.

Other Scholarships and Information

Athletic Scholarships
Athletic scholarships are available to students who demonstrate athletic talent. For more information, contact Jason Prenovost, Athletics Director, at 253.460.4462.

Supplemental Assistance
Visit the Financial Aid office in building 14 for an Emergency Fund Assistance application or the Children's Center in building 2 for a Child Care Assistance application. Complete the application and return it to the designated office, as indicated on the application.

External Scholarships
Scholarships from outside sources are another resource that can help you pay for your education. Scholarship criteria can be based on academic achievement, athletic or artistic talent, financial need, particular Fields of study or involvement in the community. See the links below for external scholarship opportunities.

Veterans Services
Tacoma Community College is approved for the education of active duty military, National Guard and selected reserve veterans and their eligible dependents. Veterans Affairs educational benefits are available. For further information, contact the Veterans Services Coordinator located in Bldg. 14.

Tacoma Community College Emergency Book Loan
The Emergency Book Loan program provides students with short-term loans for textbook purchases. These 30-day loans are given on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as funds are available. Students must apply through the MECA (Multi-Ethnic/Cultural Affairs) program coordinator. Loans are set at a maximum of $100 per quarter. To apply, students must complete a loan application through the MECA office and sign a promissary note to repay the loan within 30 days. For more information, call 253.566.5335.

Discretionary Tuition and Fee Waivers
TCC offers some tuition and fee waivers for individuals registered for credit classes at TCC. All waivers have been approved for Washington state. To determine your eligibility for waivers, please contact the Admissions office or Financial Aid Services.

Scholarship Search Websites

    Accesses extensive scholarship information.
    Contains many useful sites, including free online scholarship services.
    Features an overview of colleges, financial aid, admission requirements, education policy and planning of the High Education Coordinating Board (HECB).
    The College Success Foundation provides economically disadvantaged and underrepresented students the educational and financial incentives necessary to succeed in college.
    Create a profile and let them do the rest. They will match you with scholarships you are most likely to qualify for and applying online is easy.


Please consider rating the content on this page:
Poor Outstanding
Your comments about the content on this page:

If you would like us to get back with you, please share your email address (optional):