Currently enrolled SPSCC students can apply for scholarships and grants to help pay for your education. Scholarships and grants are money that do not need to be paid back.
Scholarships are typically offered based on financial need, academic or community achievements, or other criteria established by the organization awarding the scholarship (often called the “grantor”).
The SPSCC Foundation awarded more than $700,000 in scholarships and grants in 2021. Awards range from $500 to $4,000. All scholarships and grants are awarded contingent upon availability of funds. Unfortuately, Running Start students are not eligible for Foundation scholarships at this time.
Steps to Apply for Foundation Scholarships
Students apply for all available scholarships through one application.
- Log in toSPSCC AcademicWorksusing your ClipperID and password.
- Required - complete the General Application
- Required - upload your Personal Essay to the application as a PDF file. In your essay please include information about your educational journey, your field of study, your long-term career goals and your current financial need. Learning Support Services offers in-person and virtual tutoring appointments if you would like feedback on your essay.
- Optional - upload up to two letters of recommendation from current or former teachers, employers or community members (not family members).
- Optional - upload transcripts.
- Once you submit your application, check your SPSCC email account for information regarding award offer emails and other deadlines.
- All applicants will receive an email regarding the status of their application once the evaluation process is complete.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at 360-596-5541
Steps to Accept Foundation Scholarships
If you've received a scholarship offer, students must complete the steps listed on the Scholarship Orientation page.
Scholarship Application Dates & Deadlines
Fall Scholarships Cycle
April 2 - June 30, 2022
The Fall Scholarships application cycle is open to all applicants on April 1. Offer emails will begin July 28, 2022. All applicants who do not receive a scholarship offer will be alerted by email once the awarding period has ended. Scholarships awarded from this application cycle will be made available forFall Quarter 2022, provided the student completes the acceptance process by the deadlines outlined in the award offer email.
Award offers will be communicated to applicants through campus email accounts only.
Winter Scholarships Cycle
September 15 - November 5, 2022
The Winter application cycle is open to all applicants on September 15. Offer emails will begin November 21, 2022. All applicants who do not receive a scholarship offer will be alerted by email once the awarding period has ended. Scholarships awarded from this application cycle will be made available forWinter and Spring Quarter 2023, provided the student completes the acceptance process by the deadlines outlined in the award offer email.
Award offers will be communicated to applicants through campus email accounts only.
Students apply for all available scholarships through one general application online. To be eligible for a Foundation scholarship, apply online during one of the application cycles, seeabove.
Applicants are matched with scholarship criteria and are reviewed and scored by a group of volunteers, faculty and staff. Once applications are reviewed and awards are offered, applicants are required to complete a post-acceptance questionnaire.
For questions on aid eligibility, please contactFinancial Aidat360-596-5232. Contactscholarships@spscc.edufor general SPSCC Foundation scholarship questions.For information on external scholarships awarded outside of the college Foundation, please seeScholarship Opportunities. Unfortunately, Running Start students are not eligible for Foundation scholarships.
Award offers will be communicated to applicants through SPSCC email accounts only.
How to Apply
There is one online application for all Foundation grant funding. Students must carefully review the types of grant funds listed below and select the specific fund to match their appropriate need. After an application is submitted, students should check their SPSCC email for next steps.
All Foundation grant applications are reviewed by Financial Aid, and all offers are contingent upon Financial Aid's assessment of a student's current eligibility for additional aid. Financial Aid requires two weeks to review and determine eligibility once an application is received. Students must be enrolled in the current quarter at SPSCC to apply for a Foundation Grant.A student can only apply for each type of Foundation Grant once per academic year. For questions on aid eligibility, please contactFinancial Aidat 360-596-5241.
Foundation grants are also subject to funds availability at the time the application is received. Grants offered may be less than the maximum amount listed for each category of grant.
Available Grant Funds
Tuition & Books Fund
Please fill out a FAFSA if you haven't already done so.
The Tuition Fund & Books Fund are for full or part-time certificate or degree-seeking students who are experiencing an unexpected financial hardship and need help paying fortextbooks or tuition. You must be registered for classes in the quarter you're applying for funds in. Your Financial Aid review for the current quarter must also be complete before we can determine your eligibility for a Foundation Tuition grant.
- Tuition Fund grants are applied to tuition due on a student's account.
- Book Fund grants are administered as textbook loans through the SPSCC Library. If a student receives a Book Fund grant, the Foundation will purchase the textbooks for the student to borrow for the duration of the quarter in which they've applied for the grant.
You can apply for funds one time each academic year.
Maximum award: $500
Having difficulty making ends meet?
The Emergency Fund grant is available to all eligible students experiencing an immediate financial hardship. Grants are available forpast due rent, power or utility bills, car repair, medical or child care bills. Applicants are required to upload one bill they wish to be considered with their application. Please note that car payments, insurance, TV, traffic tickets and violations, court fees, phone and credit card bills are not eligible expenses for emergency fund grants.
You can apply for funds one time each academic year.
Maximum award: $500
Tools & Supplies Fund
Struggling with the cost of tools, supplies, or uniforms required for your program of study?
The Tools & Supplies Fund grant is for students in programs that require uniforms, equipment, and supplies as part of their course work. Applicants are required to upload a quote for tools from the bookstore, or other local vendor, to be considered with their application.
You can apply for funds one time each academic year.
Maximum award: $500
Do you need assistance for non-GED® related testing fees?
Thetestingfund is available to students who are seeking funds to help cover various college testing fees. Please contact the Transition Studies department if you have questions about GED® test waivers.
Maximum award: $500
Click here to apply for one of the Foundation Grants listed above. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions about applying for a Foundation Grant.
Outside of SPSCC, many local, regional, and national organizations offer a wide variety of scholarships. Criteria, application process, deadlines, and amounts vary greatly among external scholarships. The links below offer some resources to help you find the right opportunities for you.
Live Your Dream Awards - Soroptimist
Soroptimist'sLive Your DreamAwardsprogram is a unique education grant for women who provide the primary financial support for their families.Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects. How to Apply >
WA State Opportunity Grant - Career & Technical Scholarship
The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) supports Washington students on their path to high-demand trade, STEM and health care occupations. To be eligible, Scholars must enroll in an approved program, such as welding, manufacturing or IT, at one of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. How to Apply >
iGrad Scholarship Search
SPSCC has partnered with the iGrad Financial Wellness platform to help you achieve a better financial life, which includes a quick sign-up, regional and national scholarship searches, a 15 minute mini-course, and an e-book to guide you through the scholarship application process. Search andApply >
iGrad External Scholarship Search
Additionally, students who are working towards their transfer degree at SPSCC and plan to transfer to a 4-year university should connect with their transfer school about eligibility for Four-Year University Transfer Scholarships.
Note: when reviewing external scholarship opportunities, SPSCC does not endorse any given organization.
Four-Year University Transfer Scholarships
SPSCC students who are plan to attend a 4-year university after completing their transfer degree may be eligible for Transfer Scholarships. Check with your intended transfer school to learn about all transfer scholarship opportunities.
|Scholarship Name||Deadline||Eligibility & Information|
|Eastern Washington University Honors Scholarships||Check Website||$3,000 renewable scholarship for those who have 3.7 GPA & AA or two years of course work at university|
|University of Washington Transfer Scholarships||Check Website||Undergraduates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement & financial need, admitted to UW for autumn quarter of the academic year|
|University of Washington Do It Scholarships||Check Website||Students with disabilities. DO IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology|
|UW Tacoma Next Step Scholarship||Check website||One scholarship is available for a student from each of the local area community colleges, in the amount of, $4,000 for one academic year.|
|Western Governors University Scholarships||Check Website||WGU scholarship for new WGU students starting a degree program|
Scholarship Search Websites
|Website||Resources & Information|
|Affordable Colleges Online||Helps students and parents identify colleges, degree programs, and scholarship opportunities to fit financial wants and needs.|
|College Board||Connects students to college success and opportunity, and prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services.|
|College Success Foundation||An integrated system of supports and scholarships to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate from college and succeed.|
|ComputerScience.org||Scholarship opportunities for computer science majors, includes resources specific to women in computer science and STEM related industries.|
|Fastweb||Resources for paying and preparing for college, scholarships for every student’s educational goals, activities and interests.|
|International Scholarships||Locates scholarships, grants and fellowships in the U.S. for international students.|
|Scholarship America||Information educating students and parents about scholarships.|
|ShopSleuth||Ultimate scholarship resource guide of sites established with resources to help pay for school.|
|Student Scholarships||Large collection of scholarships on the web.|
|Teacher.org||Scholarships and grants for educators and those thinking of becoming educators.|
|TheWashBoard.org||Central access to scholarships and financial aid for Washington students.|
How do I get local grants and scholarships? ›
- the financial aid office at a college or career school.
- a high school or TRIO counselor.
- the U.S. Department of Labor's FREE scholarship search tool.
- federal agencies.
- your state grant agency.
- your library's reference section.
- Certificates of your previous education (first degree, school leaving exams etc.)
- Letters of recommendation (work/academic)
- Language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)
- Motivation letter.
- Curriculum Vitae (resume)
- Create an accomplishments resume. ...
- Don't miss deadlines. ...
- Complete the scholarship matching profile thoroughly. ...
- Apply to as many scholarships as possible. ...
- Look for scholarship listing books. ...
- Find local scholarships on bulletin boards. ...
- Tap into family connections.
- $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship.
- $2,000 Nitro College Scholarship – No Essay.
- $2,500 Christian Connector Scholarship.
- $5,000 Graduate School Scholarship.
- $2,000 College Repayment Grant.
- Annual Protestant Faith Based College Scholarship.
- Annual Catholic College Scholarship.
- Monash University 2023 Sir John Monash Scholarships for Excellence for International Students. ...
- Kansas State University 2023 Future student scholarships. ...
- Meta 2023 Elevate Coursera Scholarship for International Students.
One of the most common grade point average requirements is a 3.0 average. (Again, every scholarship provider is different and it's up to them to set their eligibility criteria, not us.) While some scholarships are based on a student's GPA, most scholarship aren't only about a student's GPA.How hard is it to get a full scholarship? ›
How hard is it to get a full ride scholarship? Less than 1 percent of students get full ride scholarships, showing just how difficult it is to earn one. However, with the right background, proper planning and by knowing where to look, your chances of landing a full ride scholarship can increase.How many scholarships can you apply for? ›
There's no limit to the number of scholarships a student can apply for or receive.What documents are needed for scholarship application? ›
- The scholarship application form. ...
- CV. ...
- Academic transcript. ...
- Personal statement/statement of purpose. ...
- Recommendation letters. ...
- Standardised test scores. ...
- Valid passport or ID.
Family Income should not be less than Rs. 8 lakh per annum.
Does Walmart give scholarships? ›
The Walmart Dependent Scholarship is a $13,000 scholarship paid out over four years. Applicants must be dependents of Walmart and Sam's Club associates, have at least a 2.5 GPA, a minimum ACT score of 22 or SAT score of 1030 (combined Math & Critical Reading) , and are able to demonstrate financial need.Why are scholarships so hard to find? ›
It's very hard to get college scholarship because a student has to go through various levels to get selected. The criteria or the process may vary from college to college. Some of the criteria college follow are academic qualifications, scholarship test, interview etc.How do you know if a scholarship is legit? ›
- Charges a fee. ...
- Requests unusual information. ...
- Asks for your bank account number. ...
- Tells you that you won a scholarship, but you never applied. ...
- Falsely claims to be a foundation or tax-exempt charity. ...
- Sends you a scholarship check.
- Apply to late-deadline scholarships.
- Consider asking for family support.
- Learn how to budget.
- Try crowdfunding or a side hustle.
- Look for a job to help pay for college.
- Ask about college payment plans.
- Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
- Submit an appeal to the financial aid office.
|Name of Scholarship||Maximum Award||Deadline Month|
|Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship Program||$20,000||October|
|Burger King Scholars Program||$25,000||January|
|AXA Achievement Scholarships||$25,000||December|
|Gates Millennium Scholars Program||COA - Other Aid||January|
A full-ride scholarship is an all-expense ride to college, and it's the most coveted among all the different types of scholarships. Most full-ride scholarships are specific to a school, but there are a few organizations that don't restrict the use of funds to any specific school.
Scholarships have been a source of free money for students to pay the cost of college attendance without building student debt. Unlike federal student loans and other loans, scholarships do not have to be paid back, so they are oftentimes a much more feasible option for graduate and undergraduate students.Is there any scholarship in 2022? ›
Every year the Government of India starts a program named National Scholarship 2022 to provide scholarships to those children who are not in the condition to continue their education due to financial reasons. The union government launched a portal named National Scholarship Portal for the year 2022 scholarship program.Are scholarships free? ›
A scholarship is free money that does not have to be paid back. Whether you are in high school or enrolled in college, we can help you research and find college scholarships.What is the highest GPA you can get? ›
3) for a plus grade, where 4.0 is considered the highest GPA. Though the calculation of average GPA is quite simple on a 4.0 scale, you can always contact your school's counselor's office for better estimation and results.
Which university gives free scholarships in USA? ›
Stanford University Scholarships
Stanford University Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship for international students. This scholarship is offered for Masters and Ph. D studies. This scholarship is offering full tuition fees, traveling allowance, Living allowance and academic expenses.
|School||Location||Percent of students receiving non-need based aid|
|Fairfield University||Fairfield, CT||57%|
|Samford University||Birmingham, AL||57%|
|Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering||Needham, MA||56%|
|Trinity University||San Antonio, TX||55%|
Scholarship Winner Application Averages
For those that want solid numbers, on average, many of the students I work with are applying for anywhere between 3-7+ scholarships, each, per week. Some weeks those numbers are much higher, and other weeks students are preparing or taking the week off to recharge mentally.
How to Study for Free in the USA?
- Prepare an Excellent Application.
- Attend Tuition-Free Universities.
- Apply for Scholarships.
- Look for Part-Time Job Opportunities.
Full-ride scholarships cover all university expenses aside from tuition fees, such as accommodation, meals, and transportation. A good example is the USDA 1890 National Scholars' Program, a four-year, full-ride scholarship designed to cover the recipient's full tuition, room and board, study materials, and other fees.Do scholarships go directly to the school? ›
Generally, grants for college are associated with free money from the government based on financial need. These awards are paid directly to your account at your school. Any leftover grant money is then given to you for other expenses.What happens to your scholarships if you don't go to college? ›
The scholarship will expire, and you will have to find another program once you decide to return to your studies.How long do scholarships last? ›
They are often considered “use it or lose it” and must be used during that particular award year. Many times if the student has not enrolled in classes during those 12 months, it expires. In almost all cases, scholarships are put directly towards your college's tuition and expenses, rather than a check sent to you.How long do scholarships take to process? ›
How long does it take to find out if I receive a scholarship? Scholarship results are typically announced one month after the scholarship deadline. Deadlines can be found in your To-Do items on your Dashboard and on the Scholarship page.Can I apply for two scholarship? ›
Dear aspirant, If you are applying for NSP scholarships then you cannot apply for two scholarships at a time as this is one of criteria for the nsp that you can avail any other scholrship if you are taking one of the scholarship.
Why do I deserve a scholarship? ›
Explain how the scholarship money would contribute to your long-term goals. You're asking the scholarship committee to invest in your future. They want to ensure their investment goes to a worthy cause. Explain how your education will play a role in your career and overall goals after graduation.What is the minimum percentage for scholarship? ›
List of Scholarships in India for Class 12 Passed Students. Class 12 in Science with a minimum of 65% marks, Family income must be less than 2 lakh p.a.How do I apply for national scholarship? ›
Fresh: Step 1: Go to the home page of website www.scholarships.gov.in and click on Student Login-> Register-> select 'Domicile State'-> Select 'Fresh' to access the application form.What is scholarship scheme for students? ›
The objective of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to the meritorious students having family income of less than Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum, to meet a part of their day-to-day expenses while pursuing higher studies.Does Amazon offer college scholarships? ›
Amazon Scholarship: The merit-based scholarship rewards 50 full-time undergraduate students with $5,000 toward tuition and $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon.com.Does Costco offer scholarships? ›
The Costco Employee Scholarship covers first-time, undergraduate degrees for up to 4 years or until you obtain your degree or certificate, which ever come first.Does Wendy's offer scholarships? ›
The Wendy's® High School Heisman® Scholarship was created by Wendy's founder Dave Thomas in 1994.When should you start applying for scholarships? ›
Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you're in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years.What's the hardest part of finding scholarships? ›
According to most of my students, one of the hardest parts of applying for scholarships is finding appropriate scholarships to apply to. It's easy to become overwhelmed with all the scholarships and scams out there.Can you get a scholarship without good grades? ›
Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be a straight-A student to win a college scholarship. While the number of financial awards you're eligible for certainly expands if you have a 4.0 GPA, there's no hard and fast rule that limits scholarships to valedictorians.
Does grant me cost money? ›
What is the price of the call? While most consultations cost $100-200/hour, the call with GrantMe does not cost money, and it is designed to give you a clear plan and an idea of the opportunities available to you at GrantMe.Is Grant me worth it? ›
GrantMe is a great way to take accountability for your scholarships and they give you good ressources in order to get the best version of your essays, resumes and any other form of post-secondary entrance writing.How do scholarships work? ›
To be eligible to receive a scholarship award, the student must be enrolled in tertiary study in New Zealand for the years in which they receive monetary awards. For awards with second or subsequent year payments, recipients must maintain a 'B' grade average each year of their tertiary study in New Zealand.› ... › Scholarship Search Insider ›
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Federal Student Aid Scholarship Search
To search or apply for grants, use the free, official website, Grants.gov. Commercial sites may charge a fee for grant information or application forms. Grants.gov centralizes information from more than 1,000 government grant programs. It's designed to help states and organizations find and apply for grants.How do I find my local grants? ›
Check Your State/ County/ and City Websites
States and municipalities will also post funding opportunities. Typically, a state government website will list both statewide opportunities and may even provide links to other local or regional possibilities.
A Universal Credit Contingency Fund short-term living expenses grant can help with the cost of living (for example, to buy food, toiletries or cleaning materials or to top up your fuel meter) if you are in financial difficulty while you are waiting for your first full Universal Credit award to be paid.What money can I get from the government? ›
If you get benefits based on your income
- Universal Credit.
- Pension Credit.
- Working Tax Credit.
- Child Tax Credit.
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance.
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
- Income Support.
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- Emergency Rental Assistance.
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance.
- The Lifeline Program.
- Child Care and Development Fund.
- Down Payment Assistance.
- Pell Grant.
- Join a Focus Group.
- Start Some Freelance Work. ...
- Review a Mock Trial. ...
- Earn While You Shop. ...
- Sign Up for Surveys. ...
- Watch Videos. ...
- Listen to Music. ...
- Play Games.
What is the most common grant? ›
This is the most common type of grant. Program/project grants specify that funding may only be used to support the program or project referenced in your proposal.
Grants.gov is a great free resource to find government funding opportunities. For grants that may be closer to home, check the websites for your local municipality, county, or state.Do you have to pay grants back? ›
Grants are an amazing way to fund your college fees because a grant is money that you won't have to pay back. Unlike a federal student loan, a grant is a source of free money—and grants are generally offered on a financial need basis. They can also be awarded by course, school, background, or subject.Who qualifies for a hardship payment? ›
- You must be 18 or over (16 if your payment is reduced because of fraud).
- You must be struggling to meet your basic needs or the basic needs of a child or young person you're responsible for. ...
- You must have made every effort to stop spending money on non-essential things.
You may be able to get £650 if you get: Universal Credit. income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)Who is eligible for the 500 pound one-off payment? ›
If you're part of a working household that receives tax credits, you may be eligible for a new one-off payment of £500. The new payment is being introduced to provide extra support when the temporary increase in Working Tax Credit ends as planned on 5 April 2021.What to do if you have no money? ›
- Enroll in a hardship program. ...
- Make a budget and prioritize your expenses. ...
- Cut your spending. ...
- Manage credit cards wisely while unemployed. ...
- Apply for government assistance. ...
- Think before withdrawing money from your 401(k) ...
- Take out a home equity loan to pay off debt.
- Sell spare electronics. ...
- Sell your gift cards. ...
- Pawn something. ...
- Work today for pay today. ...
- Seek community loans and assistance. ...
- Ask for forbearance on bills. ...
- Request a payroll advance. ...
- Take a loan from your retirement account.
How to ask for money in 5 steps
- Be honest and vulnerable in your fundraiser story. ...
- Make your goal clear. ...
- Offer up your time. ...
- Ask for financial counseling. ...
- Express gratitude.