Student Scholarship News
The 2018-2019 Scholarship Application Opens
December 1, 2017
For information see below
TCC Scholarship Fair
Thursday, February 1, 2017
5:30 - 7:00pm
Fine & Performing Arts Center - TCC Main Campus
Applying for Scholarships
Each year, the TCC Foundation supports hundreds of students by providing scholarships to incoming as well as current students. Over $500,000 is awarded annually to over 400 recipients with awards ranging from $500 up to $4,000.
The TCC Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for students, whether seeking an AA or AS degree or completing a certificate program, scholarships are available for many of the programs of study at Tallahassee Community College. Generous donors to the TCC Foundation have established scholarships for areas of Healthcare, Science & Math, Dental, Theater, Military, Technology, Building & Construction, Disability, First Generation, International students and many more. Foundation scholarships are awarded based on specific criteria as set by a donor with the intent to help fulfill areas of student need.
Scholarships are awarded three times during the academic year for the fall, spring and summer semesters.By submitting the online application you will be applying for all of the scholarships currently being offered by the TCC Foundation as well as TCC. Your application will be matched by the system to the scholarships in which you are eligible to receive. Once you have applied your application will be reviewed during each awarding cycle.
On December 1st, the online scholarship application will open and will remain open for the 2018-19 academic year for students to apply for scholarships being offered by TCC and the TCC Foundation. There is no need to apply more than once after you have successfully submitted your 2018-19 application. Your application will be reviewed during each of the three awarding cycles according to the calendar below.
When completing the TCC online scholarship application it is suggested to use either Internet Explore or Firefox. If using Chrome as your web browser there is a possibility that your entered application information may not save.
2018 - 19 Awarding Dates
CYCLE 1 Awarding - FALL 2018 Scholarships
April 1, 2018 - CYCLE 1 SELECTED RECIPIENT AWARD NOTIFICATION (for applications submitted between 12/1/17 - 2/16/18)
April 13, 2018 - Thank you letter submission deadline. If not received awards will be canceled.
CYCLE 2 Awarding - FALL 2018 Scholarships
June 8, 2018 - CYCLE 2 SELECTED RECIPIENT AWARD NOTIFICATION (for applications submitted between 12/1/17 - 5/4/18)
June 22, 2018 - Thank you letter submission deadline. If not received awards will be canceled.
CYCLE 3 Awarding - SPRING/SUMMER 2019 Scholarships
October 5, 2018 - CYCLE 3 SELECTED RECIPIENT AWARD NOTIFICATION (for applications submitted between 12/1/17 - 8/31/18)
October 13, 2018 - Thank you letter submission deadline. If not received awards will be canceled.
Select Foundation Scholarships
GADSDEN LEARN SCHOLARSHIP
The Gadsden Learn Scholarship is awarded exclusively to current seniors graduating from a Gadsden County high school.
Class of 2018 - Gadsden County High School Seniors
Graduating seniors, if you are planning to attend TCC for the Fall 2018 semester and would like to be considered for the Gadsden Learn Scholarship, please complete and submit the TCC online scholarship application (opening December 1st) on or before March 31, 2018.
Click here for the Gadsden Learn Criteria
NEW START SCHOLARSHIP
The New Start Scholarship in Memory of David & Nancy Lawrence was established to assist young individuals who want to make a new start on their life path. This scholarship is specific to individuals with previous involvement in the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and who are planning on attending Tallahassee Community College.
Learn more about the scholarship here New Start Scholarship Overview
To apply, please click here New Start Application
What types of scholarships are available?
Scholarships available to students come from two different sources, TCC and the TCC Foundation. TCC provides scholarships for programs at the College such as Honors, Peer Leadership, Student Ambassadors, Model UN and S.T.E.M. The TCC Foundation offers a variety of scholarships all established by private donors or organizations and are awarded based on specific criteria as set by the donors. Foundation scholarships are available for First Generation, Military, Science & Math, Theater, Workforce Development, Disabilities, Education, Criminal Justice, Building & Construction, etc. To learn more about the many types of Foundation scholarships offered visit the scholarship details & criteria link on this page.
What can scholarship awards be used for?
Scholarship awards are posted directly to the recipient's TCC student account and are applied towards the recipient's tuition cost, fees and in some cases textbooks for the semester the award is given. The TCC Foundation has a limited number of housing scholarships as well. Housing scholarship awards are paid directly to the assigned apartment complex the recipient will be living at and are paid on behalf of the student. Scholarship awards are not applicable for payments to third parties outside of Tallahassee Community College.
Who is eligible to receive a scholarship?
Students who are currently enrolled or who plan to attend Tallahassee Community College during the upcoming semester are eligible to receive a scholarship. The TCC Foundation offers both financial need and non-need based scholarships, so it is important to complete and submit the FAFSA in order to determine your financial eligibility when applying.
Will I know if I am being considered for a scholarship once I submit my application?
Once your application is submitted a matching process occurs, this process determines which of the available scholarships you meet the required criteria to be considered for awarding. It is best to periodically login into your scholarship account for updated information regarding your application status and individual scholarship eligibility.
How are scholarship recipients selected?
Applications are reviewed by a variety of Tallahassee Community College scholarship committees. These committees are made up of faculty, staff, administrators and TCC Foundation board members. During the review process committee members are assigned groups of applications with which they read, evaluate and individually rank based on several factors such as the specific criteria of the individual scholarships, student GPA, required essays, letters of recommendation and overall completion of the application questions. When applying for scholarships it is best to submit an application that is thorough with good detail for the best opportunity of being selected to receive an award.
How often do I need to apply?
Beginning December 1, 2017 students need to submit only one application for the 2018-19 academic year. All applications will be kept on file and reviewed during each of the three awarding cycles that will occur, which include two for Fall 2018 scholarships and one for Spring/Summer 2019 scholarships. You can submit your application at any time during the 2018-19 academic year. If you will be returning to TCC for the 2019-20 academic year you will need to submit a new application in December 2019 when it becomes available.
How do I apply for scholarships?
To apply for scholarships students must complete and submit the TCC online scholarship application at www.tcc.fl.edu/scholarships If you are a first time user you will be required to set-up a scholarship account. If you have a TCC email address it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you use this email address when establishing your scholarship account. If you are a current high school student or have not yet received a TCC email address, be sure to use the email address that you tend to most often. If you have applied for scholarships in the past simply login to your existing account.
I already have a TCC scholarship account but I can't remember my login information?
If you do not remember your scholarship account username and/or password please contact Angie Isaac, TCC Scholarship Coordinator at email@example.com Mrs. Isaac will work with you to update your account information to ensure that you can access your account.
I have set-up multiple TCC scholarship accounts by using several different email addresses, what should I do?
Student's should set-up and manage only one TCC scholarship account. If you have created multiple accounts by using several different email addresses please contact Angie Isaac, TCC Scholarship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs. Isaac will work with you to establish one primary email address for your scholarship account.
How do I complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
The FAFSA application, general information, dates and deadline is available online at www.fasfa.ed.gov Be sure to set aside uninterrupted time to complete the required application information. You can save your progress as you go in the event you need to temporarily stop the application process.
Can I receive a scholarship and other types of financial aid at the same time?
Yes, it is possible to receive a scholarship along with other sources of financial aid assistance. The TCC Financial Aid Office will verify any scholarships that you have been selected for so as not jeopardize your current financial aid package. The TCC Foundation takes the following scholarships and financial information into consideration when determining award eligibility for students who pertain to the following: receiving Florida Bright Futures, Take Stock In Children, TCC Peer Leadership and TCC Student Ambassadors scholarships as well as verification of the applicant's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) for PELL eligibility.
What happens if I apply and I am not selected to receive a scholarship in CYCLE 1?
If you submitted an application and do not receive notification of being selected during a particular awarding cycle there is still a chance that you could be selected at a later date or selected during the next awarding cycle. Be sure that you did include at least one letter of recommendation with your application, not submitting a letter can be a reason for not receiving an award.
If I am awarded a scholarship in CYCLE 1 is it possible to be awarded again in the same year?
Yes. Annual awarding is determined in part by the applications received and the funding that is available. At times there may be circumstances when students who have applied are selected for more than one scholarship in an awarding cycle and possibly awarded again in another cycle during the same academic year. It is important that you manage the email address associated with your TCC scholarship account for any award notifications and/or reminders that may be sent to you.
Am I required to submit letters of recommendation?
Letters of recommendation (LOR's) are not needed to successfully submit the online scholarship application. LOR's can be added to your application at any time. It is advised to take note of the LOR cycle deadline dates according to the awarding calendar above. If you LOR's are submitted after a particular LOR deadline date, they will be taken into consideration with your application during the next awarding cycle.
How do I submit letters of recommendation?
LOR's are submitted online by providing an email address in a designated area on the scholarship application for each recommender that you choose. The scholarship system will send an email to the recommender's address you provide along with a questionnaire for the individual to complete. Once the recommender has submitted a response you will receive an email notification that it is complete. Only scholarship committee members will have access to view the questionnaire and comments submitted by the recommender. Applicants can change/update a recommender's email address at any time, even after an application has been submitted, as long as it occurs before a particular LOR cycle deadline date. Applicants also have the option to instead attach hard copies of LOR's as documents to the scholarship application. Hard copies must have the recommender's name, position, contact information and be written on letterhead.
What if I do not submit letters of recommendation?
Applicants who submit LOR's with their application before the LOR deadline date will be considered for scholarships over applicants who do not submit any LOR's, so be sure to complete this important step in the applying process.
How will I know if I have been selected to receive a scholarship?
If you are a selected recipient you will receive an email notification. This notification will be sent to the email address you used to submit your application thus why it is important that the email address your notification is sent to is associated with your scholarship account.
I am Gadsden County high school senior and have submitted the TCC online scholarship application. When will I know if I qualified to receive the Gadsden Learn Scholarship and how much I will be awarded?
The Gadsden Learn Scholarship is awarded only for the Fall semester of each academic year with an award amount of up to $1,000 per recipient as determined by financial need. Applications submitted by students who are eligible to receive this scholarship are also part of the committee review process. If you meet all of the criteria for this select TCC Foundation scholarship you will be considered awarded. However, your award amount will not be determined until financial aid verification has occurred. The Gadsden Learn Scholarship provides tuition assistance when there is a gap between the cost of your fall semester tuition and what your financial aid package will cover. If your financial aid package determines there is no gap to fulfill your tuition costs, you will be notified that you are not eligible to receive the scholarship. If it is determined that you are eligible to receive funds, and have met the academic and residential criteria, you will be notified of your award amount in August. To learn more about the Gadsden Learn Scholarship click on the Gadsden Learn criteria link on this page.
What am I required to do if I am selected for a scholarship?
The email notification you will receive will provide an "Award Information" link for you to click on to officially accept your scholarship and upload a donor thank you letter. Thank you letters must be submitted before the thank you letter submission deadline date. Thank you letters not submitted on time may result in your scholarship award being canceled.
When will I receive my scholarship award?
Your award will post to your student account once you have officially accepted the scholarship. Your award amount will be applied towards the cost of your semester tuition. Awards do not disburse until the drop add period for the semester you have been awarded for has ended. If your award and/or other financial aid does not cover the full cost of your semester tuition you are responsible for paying the difference before the tuition deadline date in order to not have the classes you are registered for dropped.
What happens if I am awarded a scholarship and decide not to attend TCC?
If you are selected and accept a scholarship but do not attend TCC your award will not disburse and will be canceled.
I can't remember the name of the scholarship that I received?
To view scholarships that you have been awarded login in to your TCC student account and click on the Financial Aid Awards tab.
If I receive a TCC Foundation scholarship will the donor of the scholarship contact me?
When you submit your online application you will agree to several consent statements as part of the application process. One of these statements is acknowledging that the scholarship donor will be provided your contact information. Some donors like to meet or correspond with the recipients of their scholarship just to learn more about their educational goals. At times Foundation scholarship recipients may be invited to luncheons or events sponsored by donors or by the Foundation itself. These opportunities are a great time for everyone involved and having the opportunity to connect with the individuals who take an active role is helping TCC students is truly meaningful.
As a recipient of a TCC Foundation scholarship, are there opportunities to participate in events held by the Foundation?
Yes! The TCC Foundation implements many events on campus throughout the year and very often engages scholarship recipients as part of them. If you receive a Foundation scholarship and would like to be contacted to take part please email the Foundation Scholarship Officer, Sarah Stout at email@example.com
Letters to Donors
Recipients who are selected to receive a TCC Foundation scholarship are required to write a thank you letter to the donor of the scholarship they receive.
Click the link below for tips on what to include in your letter when writing to thank a donor.
Still have questions or need additional assistance?
For Foundation scholarship information:
Foundation Scholarship Officer
Phone: (850) 201-6203
For Honors, STEM, Student Ambassador, Peer Leadership, Bright Futures, Florida Prepaid and outside scholarships or Financial Aid information:
TCC Scholarship Coordinator
Phone: (850) 201-8411