Scholarships & Grants (2023)

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

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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 toSPSCC AcademicWorksusing 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 scholarships@spscc.eduor 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.

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, 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.

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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.

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 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

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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 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

Testing Fund

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 scholarships@spscc.edu if you have any questions about applying for a Foundation Grant.

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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'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 NameDeadlineEligibility & Information
Eastern Washington University Honors ScholarshipsCheck 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 ScholarshipsCheck WebsiteUndergraduates who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement & financial need, admitted to UW for autumn quarter of the academic year
University of Washington Do It ScholarshipsCheck WebsiteStudents with disabilities. DO IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology
UW Tacoma Next Step ScholarshipCheck websiteOne 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 ScholarshipsCheck WebsiteWGU scholarship for new WGU students starting a degree program

Scholarship Search Websites

WebsiteResources & Information
Affordable Colleges OnlineHelps students and parents identify colleges, degree programs, and scholarship opportunities to fit financial wants and needs.
College BoardConnects students to college success and opportunity, and prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services.
College Success FoundationAn integrated system of supports and scholarships to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate from college and succeed.
ComputerScience.orgScholarship opportunities for computer science majors, includes resources specific to women in computer science and STEM related industries.
FastwebResources for paying and preparing for college, scholarships for every student’s educational goals, activities and interests.
International ScholarshipsLocates scholarships, grants and fellowships in the U.S. for international students.
Scholarship AmericaInformation educating students and parents about scholarships.
ShopSleuthUltimate scholarship resource guide of sites established with resources to help pay for school.
Student ScholarshipsLarge collection of scholarships on the web.
Teacher.orgScholarships and grants for educators and those thinking of becoming educators.
TheWashBoard.orgCentral access to scholarships and financial aid for Washington students.
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FAQs

How do you answer why should you receive this scholarship? ›

Tips for writing a “Why do you deserve this scholarship?” essay
  1. Explain how the scholarship money would contribute to your long-term goals. ...
  2. Focus on the purpose of the scholarship. ...
  3. Don't be afraid to promote yourself. ...
  4. Use a thesis statement, just like you would with any other essay.
3 Aug 2022

Why I deserve this scholarship essay examples? ›

I believe I deserve to be selected for one of your program's scholarships because I am a hard-working student and I will commit myself to effectively take advantage of the opportunity that the scholarships will provide me. Besides this, I constantly try to improve my community by doing volunteer work.

Why do I deserve the scholarship? ›

You Deserve This Scholarship Because You Have Passion and Persistence. Letting your passion show through in your answer allows the committee to see your dedication. You deserve this scholarship based on your love of learning, your enjoyment of your field, or your passion for growth.

How would you describe yourself for a scholarship example? ›

These may include:
  • Your current degree, as it applies to your overall career goals. ...
  • Your short-term and long-term professional goals. ...
  • Past experiences that sparked your passions. ...
  • Something about you that relates to their organization. ...
  • Something unique that sets you apart from other applicants.
28 Sept 2022

How will this scholarship help you achieve your goals? ›

This scholarship will help by lowering the costs of college and the amount of hours I'll need to work throughout my studies. This way, I'll be able to continue with my academic achievements. It will also give me time to find an internship.

What should you not say in a scholarship interview? ›

Tell Us About Yourself

They're not asking for your life story. Don't waste time talking about what's on your resume or scholarship application – they already know that information. This is your opportunity to tell them something about you that sets you apart from other applicants.

How do you write a 500 word scholarship essay? ›

How to Write a 500 Word Essay
  1. Start with an outline.
  2. Applying the outline to an example.
  3. Deciding on how many examples to use.
  4. Don't worry about the word count in your first draft.
  5. Don't forget to proofread!
26 Apr 2022

How do you write a good scholarship essay? ›

Scholarship Application Essay Tips
  1. Plan ahead. Don't procrastinate! ...
  2. Talk about your accomplishments. Be clear and to the point. ...
  3. State your need. What is your financial situation? ...
  4. Keep it simple. Don't use unnecessary words (i.e., don't use three words when one will do) ...
  5. Make it easy on your reader.

How do you write a scholarship essay about yourself? ›

5 Tips to Writing a Convincing Scholarship Essay
  1. Introduce Yourself. Be sure to mention your name and for which scholarship you are writing your essay. ...
  2. Provide a Brief Background. Let me highlight the word “brief” one more time. ...
  3. Highlight Accomplishments. ...
  4. Express Need. ...
  5. Conclude Your Story.
16 Dec 2013

How a scholarship will impact your life? ›

A scholarship allows students to focus on academics, increasing their chances of staying in school and graduating on time. Students who receive scholarships have fewer financial concerns, more time to study, and a greater chance of success.

What should I write in a scholarship application? ›

How to write a scholarship application letter
  1. Review the organization's requirements. ...
  2. Include your contact information. ...
  3. Introduce yourself and why you're applying. ...
  4. Discuss your major accomplishments. ...
  5. List your unique skills or qualities. ...
  6. Express your interest in your education or career. ...
  7. Conclude and thank the reader.
6 May 2022

How do I write a motivational letter for a scholarship? ›

If your motivation letter is for a scholarship, then here, emphasise why you're interested and indicate why you've chosen this specific course or programme. If it's for a job, underscore your hopes for a job interview. Lastly, say thanks and add a formal closing, such as "Yours sincerely," and your full name.

How do I pass a scholarship interview? ›

Acing Scholarship Interviews
  1. Have Someone Interview You. Practice interviews are a good way to hone your skills before you face the scholarship review board itself. ...
  2. Be On Time. This can not be stressed enough. ...
  3. Be Conscious of Your Behavior. ...
  4. Dress Appropriately. ...
  5. Know Yourself. ...
  6. Ask a Few Questions.

How should I introduce myself in a scholarship interview? ›

SCHOLARSHIP Interview Questions And Answers! (How to prepare for a ...

How did the scholarship help you? ›

It helps in empowering your academic and career goals by removing the financial barrier. Getting a scholarship takes away all your financial concerns.

What impact would a scholarship have on your education? ›

Many students use financial assistance to help them pursue higher-level education. School can be costly, and earning a scholarship can help offset the payments of both in-class requirements and living expenses. Overall, getting a scholarship can make education more accessible to more people.

What is the best way to answer a scholarship question? ›

Highlight your personality traits that are relevant to the scholarship. If you know what they're looking for, then mention those skills! This is great for students who might not have extracurricular activities related to the scholarship but instead have qualities that would make them an asset to the organization.

What is a good scholarship question? ›

Common Scholarship Questions:

Please write a short autobiography including information about your family, work experience, community involvement, hobbies, spare time activities, and what you hope to do in the future. Please include a short summary or personal statement describing your accomplishments and goals.

What do scholarship interviewers look for? ›

Interviewers want to grant scholarships to students they believe will succeed in college. Many will look for past high academic performance and extracurricular and leadership activities. Sometimes, certain young adults haven't been able to achieve what others have.

Do I put my name on a scholarship essay? ›

Include your name, scholarship title and essay title on top of page. Sign your essay at the bottom.

Do I need to put my name on a scholarship essay? ›

Insert your last name and page number (for longer essays) on the top left. You may also choose to sign your name at the end of your scholarship essay. Titles are optional. But, a catchy title can make a difference and engage your reader.

How should I end a scholarship essay? ›

How to End a Scholarship Essay in Five Steps
  1. Recall your introduction.
  2. Build on past points, don't repeat them.
  3. Discuss your plans for the future.
  4. Thank your reader for their time.
  5. Remember to proofread!
23 Feb 2022

What kind of essays do scholarships want? ›

A typical scholarship essay topic will likely ask students about their career goals and their plan to achieve those goals, Matthews says. Other essay prompts might ask students what they've done to make their community a better place or to describe a personal achievement and how they overcame challenges to reach it.

How long should scholarship essays be? ›

In general, scholarship essays are meant to be about 500 words or one page in length. Many scholarship essays will provide some kind of minimum requirement for the word or page count of your essay. But if you can't find one then you are generally fine to stick to 500 words or one page.

How do you win scholarships? ›

Top Tips for Winning Scholarships for College
  1. Create an accomplishments resume. ...
  2. Don't miss deadlines. ...
  3. Complete the scholarship matching profile thoroughly. ...
  4. Apply to as many scholarships as possible. ...
  5. Look for scholarship listing books. ...
  6. Find local scholarships on bulletin boards. ...
  7. Tap into family connections.

What would this scholarship mean to you? ›

This scholarship means more to me than just obtaining money; it also means that I am viewed as having potential for the future of our society. I will continuously have individuals to thank for my accomplishments, and I greatly appreciate the generous financial support I have been given to pursue my education.

How do you end a scholarship letter? ›

To finish your letter, end with a closing statement such as “thank you for your consideration”. Then sign your name! It is also recommended to type your name below your signature. Here's an image of what a basic scholarship letter should look like!

How long should my motivation letter be? ›

The ideal length for a motivation letter is around 500-700 words (or whatever length is recommended by your dream institution). Worry about this after you finish writing the draft though, and only keep this in mind when you are trimming your draft down to a presentable length.

Are scholarship exams hard? ›

Preparing for a scholarship exam can be quite tiresome. You not only have to study for the scholarship exam but also for school. If you manage your time effectively, you will be able to create a perfect balance between the two. With a structured approach, you will get the maximum out of the time that you have.

How do you answer tell us about yourself? ›

8 more tips for answering “Tell me about yourself”
  1. Remember this is often your first impression, and it matters. ...
  2. Tailor your answer to the role and company. ...
  3. Know your audience. ...
  4. Keep it professional. ...
  5. But speak with passion. ...
  6. Don't ramble. ...
  7. Practice, practice, practice—but stop short of memorizing. ...
  8. Keep it positive.
20 Jul 2022

What do you consider to be your best strength? ›

30+ Greatest strengths examples you can use (for different jobs)
...
You can say that your greatest strength is:
  • Creativity.
  • Originality.
  • Open-mindedness.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Curiosity.
  • Flexibility.
  • Versatility.

What are 10 most common interview questions and answers? ›

10 most common interview questions and answers
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What attracted you to our company?
  • Tell me about your strengths.
  • Tell me about your strengths.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Tell me about a time where you encountered a business challenge?

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Why should you receive a scholarship essay? ›

A great scholarship essay can help you showcase your abilities. It can also help the scholarship committee members to understand the real person behind the application. Scholarship essays are a great chance for you to convince the scholarship committee members that you indeed deserve financial aid.

How do you write a 500 word scholarship essay? ›

How to Write a 500 Word Essay
  1. Start with an outline.
  2. Applying the outline to an example.
  3. Deciding on how many examples to use.
  4. Don't worry about the word count in your first draft.
  5. Don't forget to proofread!
26 Apr 2022

Why do you deserve this scholarship Quora? ›

I deserve this scholarship not because I deserve anything but because I represent a potentially good return on your investment . I am self motivated, a hard worker, I have realistic goals and aspirations, and I wish to make a contribution to the betterment of society as a whole.

What achievements and qualities make you an outstanding candidate for the scholarship? ›

Here are 7 qualities that scholarship providers are drawn to.
  • Passion. We bet you saw this one coming. ...
  • Confidence. ...
  • Composure. ...
  • Enthusiasm. ...
  • Ability to be a Team Player. ...
  • Analytical Skills. ...
  • Foresight.

How do I write a motivational letter for a scholarship? ›

If your motivation letter is for a scholarship, then here, emphasise why you're interested and indicate why you've chosen this specific course or programme. If it's for a job, underscore your hopes for a job interview. Lastly, say thanks and add a formal closing, such as "Yours sincerely," and your full name.

How do you start a scholarship essay? ›

The best choice is to write an attention-grabbing sentence. It should be something persuading or intriguing that will make a person continue reading your essay with great interest. Avoid long explanations or introductions. Instead, this sentence should be short and clear.

Do I put my name on a scholarship essay? ›

Include your name, scholarship title and essay title on top of page. Sign your essay at the bottom.

What should I say on a scholarship application? ›

WRITING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION ESSAY
  • Plan ahead. Don't procrastinate! ...
  • Talk about your accomplishments. Be clear and to the point. ...
  • State your need. What is your financial situation? ...
  • Keep it simple. Don't use unnecessary words (i.e., don't use three words when one will do) ...
  • Make it easy on your reader.

How do I prepare for a scholarship interview? ›

Acing Scholarship Interviews
  1. Have Someone Interview You. Practice interviews are a good way to hone your skills before you face the scholarship review board itself. ...
  2. Be On Time. This can not be stressed enough. ...
  3. Be Conscious of Your Behavior. ...
  4. Dress Appropriately. ...
  5. Know Yourself. ...
  6. Ask a Few Questions.

How can I increase my chances of getting a scholarship? ›

  1. Raise Your GPA for More Scholarships. Many scholarships have requirements surrounding GPA levels. ...
  2. Raise Your ACT / SAT Score. ...
  3. Raise Your Class Rank. ...
  4. File the FAFSA. ...
  5. Participate in Community Service. ...
  6. Brush Up on Your Essay Skills.
10 Dec 2021

What makes you stand out from every other scholarship applicant? ›

Financial need is the primary factor, but most providers also consider applicants' high school transcripts and test scores. Merit scholarships are awarded based on, well, merit accrued through academic excellence, community involvement, leadership, extracurricular activities, other factors, or a mix of these.

How can I impress a scholarship judge? ›

There are six ways to ensure your application impresses the scholarship committee judging your entry and how to win college scholarships:
  1. First Impression is KEY.
  2. Follow Directions.
  3. Essay Scholarships Must Address the Essay Topic.
  4. Showcase your uniqueness.
  5. Judges really like these qualities in applicants.

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