Scholarships & Grants

You 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”). 

SPSCC Foundation Scholarships

2021-22 Scholarships

Last year, the SPSCC Foundation awarded more scholarships and grants than ever, totaling over $618,000! 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. 

  1. Log in to SPSCC AcademicWorks using your SPSCC log-in credentials.
  2. Required - complete the General Application
  3. Required - upload your Personal Essay to the application as a PDF file.
  4. Optional - upload up to two letters of recommendation from current or former teachers, employers or community members (not family members).
  5. Optional - upload transcripts.
  6. Once you submit your application, check your college email account for information regarding award offer emails and other deadlines.
  7. All applicants will receive an email regarding the status of their application once the evaluation process is complete.
  8. For Spring Cycle applicants:  if your last quarter is summer and you will no longer be an SPSCC in the Fall, please see the Foundation Grants application for tuition assistance rather than this scholarship application.

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

Spring Application Cycle
April 1, 2021 - June 30, 2021

The Spring application cycle is open to all applicants on April 1.  Offer emails will begin July 23, 2021.  All applicants who do not receive a scholarship offer will be alerted by email once the awarding period has ended.  Scholarships awarded from the Spring application cycle will be made available for Fall Quarter 2021, 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.

Application Process

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, see Scholarship Application Dates & Deadlines above.

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 contact Financial Aid at 360-596-5232. For information on external scholarships awarded outside of the college Foundation, please see Scholarship Opportunities.  Unfortunately, Running Start students are not eligible for Foundation scholarships.

SPSCC Foundation Grants

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 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.  

Available Grant Funds

Tuition & Books Fund

Finding it difficult to pay tuition or buy textbooks this quarter?

The Tuition & Books Fund is for full or part-time certificate or degree-seeking students who are experiencing an unexpected financial hardship and need help paying for textbooks or tuition.

Tuition Fund grants are applied to tuition due on a student's account.  Book Fund grants are administered as textbook loans throught he College 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.   

In order for your application to be considered, you must be registered for the quarter in which you are applying for a Tuition & Books Fund grant.

Tuition & Book Fund grants may be applied for once per academic year.

Maximum award: $1,000  Grant Application

Emergency Fund

Having difficulty making ends meet?

The Emergency Fund grant is available to all eligible students experiencing an immediate financial hardship. Grants are available for past 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, traffice tickets and violations, court fees, phone and credit card bills are not eilgible expenses for emergency fund grants.  

Emergency Fund grants may be applied for once per academic year.

Maximum award: $500  Grant Application

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.

Tools & Supplies Fund grants may be applied for once per academic year.

Maximum award: $500  Grant Application

Completion Fund

Close to graduation but out of funding?

The Completion Fund grant is for tuition only for certificate and degree-seeking students in their last quarter at SPSCC before graduation.  Please note, Completion Fund grants are applied to tuition due on a student's account and not made payable directly to students.  

In order for your application to be considered, you must be registered for your final quarter before graduation. 

Maximum award: $1,000  Grant Application

Testing Fund

Working toward improving math, reading, or writing skills, completing the High School Equivalency (GED®) or High School Completion?

The testing fund is available to students taking or preparing to take GED® tests for high school equivalency and to assess college readiness. Testing funds may be requested multiple times in an academic year.

Award amount varies.  Grant Application

External Scholarships

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'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 >

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 and Apply >

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 March 30, 2018 Check Website
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. 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. Scholarships and grants for educators and those thinking of becoming educators. Central access to scholarships and financial aid for Washington students.