Scholarships & Grants

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”). 

Foundation Scholarships

2022-23 Scholarships

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. 

  1. Log in to SPSCC AcademicWorks using your ClipperID and password.
  2. Required - complete the General Application
  3. 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. 
  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 SPSCC 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.

Questions? Contact or 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

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 29, 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 for Winter 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.

Fall Scholarships Cycle

April 2 - June 30, 2023

The Fall Scholarships application cycle is open to all applicants on April 2. Offer emails will begin July 28, 2023. 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 for Fall 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.

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. Contact for general SPSCC Foundation scholarship questions. 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.

Award offers will be communicated to applicants through SPSCC email accounts only.

Foundation Grants

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 contact Financial Aid at 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

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, 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  

Testing Fund

Do you need assistance for non-GED® related testing fees?

The testing fund 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  

Textbook Library Loan Fund

The Textbook Library Loan Fund is available to eligible students that need to borrow textbooks for the current quarter. If approved, the SPSCC Library will order required textbooks based on availability.  

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  

Tuition Fund

The Tuition Fund is for full or part-time certificate or degree-seeking students who are experiencing an unexpected financial hardship and need help paying for tuition. You must be registered for classes in the quarter you're applying for. 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 directly applied to tuition due on a student's account.  

Please fill out a FAFSA or WASFA if you haven't already done so. These applications can help determine if you are eligible for other forms of aid besides student loans. 

You can apply for funds one time each academic year.

Maximum award: $500  

We will begin accepting Foundation Grant Applications for Winter Quarter 2023 on 12/12/22. 

Click here to apply for one of the Foundation Grants listed above. Contact if you have any questions about applying for a Foundation Grant. 

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 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. 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.