Scholarships are a special type of financial support awarded to a student for the purpose of supporting their education. 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”).
Last year, the SPSCC Foundation awarded more scholarships and grants than ever, totaling over $525,000! 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 to SPSCC AcademicWorks using your SPSCC log-in credentials.
- Complete the General Application and include your Application Essay and two Letters of Recommendation. All three files should be in PDF format.
- Once you submit your application, check your college @spscc.edu email account for information regarding award offer emails and other deadlines.
- All applicants will receive a notice on whether they've received a scholarship or not beginning on the date noted in the section below.
Steps to Accept Foundation Scholarships
If you've received a scholarship offer, students must complete the following acceptance process in order to receive the scholarship.
- Accept the scholarship by logging in at SPSCC AcademicWorks.
- Write a thank you letter in the area provided in your AcademicWorks account.
- Review the online Scholarship Orientation and complete the Scholarship Orientation Survey.
- Attend the Scholarship Reception. You will be contacted by email with further details.
- Acknowledge any special requirements for the scholarship, such as:
- Minimum grade point average (GPA)
- Academic and leadership achievement
- Registration in a minimum number of credits
- Educational purpose - program or degree
- Attend service group meeting or special event related to the donor of the scholarship
Funds Available to Support Student Success
The SPSCC Foundation recognizes that students can face unexpected financial barriers during their time at SPSCC. To help meet the needs of students, a variety of Foundation grants are available to currently enrolled SPSCC students who are eligible and apply. (Unfortunately, Running Start students are not eligible.)
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 campus email @spscc.edu 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. For questions on aid eligibility, please contact Financial Aid at 360-596-5232.
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.
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.
Soroptimist's Live Your Dream Awards program 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 >
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.
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 Transfer Scholarships.
Note that when reviewing external scholarship opportunities, SPSCC does not endorse any given organization.
Four-Year 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||March 30, 2018||Check Website|
|Western Governors University Scholarships||Check Website||WGU scholarship for new WGU students starting a degree program|
|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.|