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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.

Other opportunities

American Indian Endowed Scholarship - Washington State Achievement Council

American Indian Endowed Scholarship (AIES) applications for the 2018-19 academic year awards are available now on the ReadySetGrad website. To open the application and instructions, click the links just below the "How do I apply?" caption (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader software version 1 1.0 or newer).

Scholarship guidelines and application details are available online here.

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Washington State Fair Foundation Scholarships

The Washington State Fair Foundation is pleased to present over $100,000 in scholarship opportunities to students residing in Washington State this year. The Blue Ribbon Scholarship Program is made possible through the generosity of the Foundation’s donors. Since the inception of the program in 1991, over $1,200,000 in awards have been distributed and have provided a "fair chance" at a college education. As support of the program has grown, so have the opportunities for students. We are now pleased to offer scholarships to students statewide.

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Washington State Fair Foundation scholarship website.

Deadline: February 19, 2018

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) was created in 2011 to address unfilled seats in the high-demand sectors that drive our economy like aerospace, engineering, technology and health care as well as rising tuition costs at Washington colleges and universities. Businesses and the Washington State Legislature joined forces to fulfill the promise of better education and career opportunities for Washington students. 

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Washington State Opportunity scholarship website.

Deadline: February 28, 2018

University of Washington Tacoma - Next Steps Scholarship

The Next Step Scholarship recognizes and rewards exceptional scholarly achievement at the community college level. The fund was specifically created to motivate top students at seven South Puget Sound community colleges to enroll at UW Tacoma. There is a strong expectation that the student will have completed the necessary credits and other requirements to be admitted to UW Tacoma for autumn quarter.

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the UW Tacoma Next Steps Scholarship Website.

Deadline: All application matierals must be submitted to the TCC Financial Aid office by 5pm on Monday, April 2, 2018.


2018 Pierce County School Retirees Association Scholarship.

PCSRA will award two $1500 scholarships to Pierce County residents who complete his/her second year of college by in Pierce County by the summer of 2017 and will attend a four-year college or university as a full time student the fall of 2017. Running Start and other Community College graduates are eligible to apply if they have earned their AA. The recipient must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and plan to pursue a career in teaching or education. Careers like Teacher, School Counselor, School Psychologist, and Principal.

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit their scholarship posting on WashBoard.

Deadline: April 21, 2018

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

Chairish is committed to helping college students achieve their dreams. If you are overcoming obstacles to earn a college degree, we want to hear from you! Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to applicants pursuing design and engineering-related fields.

This scholarship is open to students from all underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds. Examples of ideal applicants include, but are not limited to, students from racial minorities typically underrepresented in higher education, first generation college students, women pursuing a degree in a STEM or typically male-dominated industries, students with disabilities, and or similar situations.

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Chairish Scholarship Website.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Indy Display Graphic Arts Scholarship

The team at Indy Displays is proud to help further the education of tomorrow’s professionals in graphic design and visual arts. The work of great designers is crucial to the production of each outstanding display we deliver to our clients. Indy Displays believes in supporting talented artists and is offering a $1,000 scholarship for students pursuing a degree in Graphic Design or Applied Arts.

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Indy Design Scholarship Website.

Deadline: July 1, 2018

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Grant for Women

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, established in 1973, is a need-based grant program providing one-time financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that will improved their marketable skills for employment to support themselves and/or their families. This Money is intended as a gran-in-aid for education related expenses such as tuition, books, supplies, transportation, childcare while in class, required uniforms, testing fees and equipment/tools. The grant is not to be sued for living expenses or to repay educational loans or personal debt. Grants will not be awarded to those needing prerequisite courses or choosing immediate continuation of their education beyond the current program for which the grant is requested. The maximum grant i s $3,000. Lesser amounts may be awarded based on funds available in the current year's grant budget and applicants' individual needs. Recipients are eligible to receive only one P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) grant.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled in a technical or degree program; not a doctoral degree program
  • Citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.A. or Canada
  • Living and studying in the U.S.A. or Canada for the entire course of study
  • Had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in her adult life
  • Within 24 consecutive months of completing her degree
  • Enrolled in an educational program which, at the conclusion will lead to employment or job advancement

This program has a rolling deadline and is open all year round.
Please contact Amanda Cichanski with questions or to apply.

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

2016 Undocumented Scholarship Guide for College is a compilation of scholarships that were available in 2016. 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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