The PCC Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships every year to students who may not otherwise be able to afford an education. Foundation scholarships pay for tuition, fees, and books. Learn more about how you can establish a scholarship. If you're interested in volunteering with the Foundation to read scholarship applications, please contact Jennifer McBratney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers cannot be a currently enrolled students.
Scholarship application dates
The next PCC Foundation scholarship application opens December 1, 2019. Funding will become available starting fall term next year.
How to apply
Applying is easy! Any student who plans to attend PCC can apply. Applicants will be automatically considered for hundreds of scholarships. We have scholarships for students of all ages, backgrounds, and majors!
Get a MyPCC account
If you're not already a PCC student, your first step is to apply for admission. The application is free and does not commit you to coming to PCC. You'll need a MyPCC account to complete the scholarship application, and also to check your student email, which is how we'll be communicating with you.
Complete the scholarship application
The scholarship application opens December 1, 2019. Applications are due March 2020. The application button will be on this page, so check back in December. Want to get started early? Start working on your essays - see the "How to prepare" tab for more.
Complete the FAFSA
Complete the FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible. If you are an international student or not eligible to complete the FAFSA, complete the Financial Need Worksheet and upload it in the application.
How to prepare
Start working on these pieces right away - especially your essays. When you complete your scholarship application you'll have everything you need!
Write your essays
Each essay can be up to 350 words. (Some scholarships will ask for additional essays on the application.)
- Essay 1: What is your career goal and educational plan to meet this goal? What inspired you to choose this field of study and career?
- Essay 2: Describe a significant challenge or change that has occurred in your life in the last ten year. How did you respond and what did you learn about yourself?
- Essay 3: What have you done for your family or community that you care about the most and why?
Find a reference
References can be teachers, faculty, staff, mentors, coaches, employers, etc. The application will send an automated email to your reference, but you may want to let them know beforehand to expect a request.
Get a copy of your unofficial transcript (new students only)
New students must submit an unofficial transcript from their most recent high school or college. If you've completed at least two terms at PCC by the end of winter term (March), you don't need to submit transcripts.
Where to get help
Attend a scholarship workshop
These free, 2-hour workshops are offered every November and December and will help you create a competitive scholarship application.
Get help online: Scholarship Application Guide
A step-by-step website that helps with essay writing, asking for references, and more.
Take a College Success class
Scholarships: $$ for College is offered almost every term and it will take you through the entire process of searching for scholarships.
How to use your scholarship
We let applicants know the results in early June. We send notification to your MyPCC email. Scholarship money will be available to use any time between Summer 2019-Spring 2020 terms (although it's not required to take Summer classes).
See more information on paying with a scholarship.