TCC Foundation Scholarships
Thank you for your interest in creating an opportunity for students who attend Tallahassee Community College. The TCC Foundation awards scholarships to more than 500 students per year who have financial need and academic promise.
Scholarships are a meaningful way to help someone reach their educational goals and career aspirations. With your support, even more students can receive the assistance needed to become a graduate of Tallahassee Community College.
As a scholarship donor, you will work with TCC Foundation staff to create the parameters for the scholarship you are establishing. Donors have two options for the type of scholarship they would like to establish or have the option of giving to our unrestricted general scholarship fund:
Scholarship Fund Types
Named Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship is an enduring gift that will last in perpetuity. An endowment may be established with a minimum gift contribution of $10,000. The donor will work with the TCC Foundation staff to name the scholarship and develop appropriate awarding criteria. The TCC Foundation is proud of the manner in which our Board stewards our endowments. Endowed funds are invested by a consultant and are reviewed by the Finance and Investment Committee of the Board on a regular basis.
Estimated annual award amounts for endowed scholarships:
- $10,000 endowment - $400 annual award
- $25,000 endowment - $1,000 annual award
- $50,000 endowment - $2,000 annual award
- $100,000 endowment - $4,000 annual award
Named Non-Endowed Scholarship
A non-endowed scholarship can be established with a gift contribution minimum of $1,000 per year for a three year period of time. The scholarship funds will be awarded the year following the final contribution gift. Sustaining a non-endowed scholarship requires continued giving or over time.
General Scholarship Giving
If you would like to make contributions for student scholarships but prefer not to establish a named scholarship, you can do so by giving to the Foundation Opportunity Scholarship. This fund is a unrestricted general scholarship which allows the criteria for awarding to be determined annually based on current student need at the time awarding occurs.
Utilizing Your Scholarship
Naming, Criteria & Awarding Guidelines
Once you have decided to establish either a non-endowed or endowed scholarship at the TCC Foundation the next step will be to work with the Scholarship Officer on naming and establishing eligibility criteria and awarding guidelines.
With both non-endowed and endowed scholarships donors will work with the TCC Foundation staff to name their scholarship and establish appropriate awarding criteria. In order to take part in establishing recipient awarding criteria, donors must meet the minimum non-endowed contribution amount of $1,000 annually for 3 years. Scholarship contributions less than this will be applied to the Foundation Opportunity Scholarship and awarded by the TCC Foundation Scholarship Committee as deemed appropriate.
Awarding Time Frame
Award amounts and number of recipients to award are determined in several ways. Both non-endowed and endowed scholarships can be established with criteria that states a specific award amount and/or a specific number of recipients to award. Scholarship agreements with this type of stated criteria will be awarded as such as long as the funds are available. At the on-set of each academic year the Foundation staff meets to evaluates current student need and academic progressions for which the basis of scholarship awarding goals are set and award amounts are determined for the year.
Non-endowed scholarship funds will be awarded the year following the final gift contribution. Individual non-endowed scholarship award amounts are determined based on the fund balance of the account as well as taking into consideration the contribution activity to the scholarship so as not to deplete the funds if being actively awarded.
Endowed earnings will be awarded for the fall semester of the calendar after the year the scholarship was established. Depending on the size of the endowment and the earnings it generates awarding of these earning may be delayed in order to allow the endowment to grow. Individual endowed scholarship award amounts are determined based on only awarding the earnings of the endowment available for the academic year. The earnings amount is calculated by awarding 4% of the 5 year moving average of the value of the fund during the fiscal year.
If the fund does not reach full endowment by the date and amount stated on the signed agreement, the TCC Foundation will have the right to elect to award the principal balance and any accumulated growth earnings for the intended purpose of the scholarship until the funds are fully spent. The TCC Foundation will make best efforts to contact the donor/party who established the scholarship before this process occurs.
Contributions to your scholarship can be made online at the TCC Foundation Donation page of the website or by mail. Please contact the TCC Foundation Donor Stewardship Officer, Kendrah Richards at richardK@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201-6066 for more information or if you have any questions.
Contributions for scholarships that are endowed will be applied to the fund corpus balance which will assist to increase earnings and annual scholarship award amounts over time. Contributions for scholarships that are not endowed, will be applied directly to the fund balance available for immediate awarding.
The TCC Foundation administers a 3% gift fee on all contributions received. The purpose of this gift fee is to assist in administrative processing of donations.
Personal Tax Benefit
Contributions made to the TCC Foundation are tax deductible. The TCC Foundation is a non-profit organization designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. You will be provided a letter of gift receipt for each contribution made.
Donors & Liaisons.....What You Should Know
Student Application & Selection Process
Online Scholarship Application
To apply and be considered for all TCC and TCC Foundation scholarships, current and future students must complete and submit the online TCC Scholarship Application one time for the current academic year being awarded. The link to this application can be found on the Student & Parent Scholarship Information page on the TCC Foundation website.
In order for any current or future student planning to attend TCC to be considered for and awarded a scholarship the student's name must appear on the list of eligible candidates for any of the scholarships that are being awarded. Therefore, every student who is interested in receiving a scholarship is required to set-up a scholarship account as well as successfully complete and submit the online TCC Scholarship Application, students without a submitted application are ineligible to receive a scholarship award.
One of the most important aspects of the scholarship process is for students to be aware of all posted deadlines. The Student & Parent Scholarship Information page of the TCC Foudnation website provides a calendar for all dates during the academic year of awarding.
Applicant Eligibility & Awarding Criteria
The online application is a comprehensive software tool designed to gather student awarding data. The application is created with custom questions comprised of specific language that targets applicants who meet the minimum required criteria for every scholarship that TCC and the TCC Foundation awards. The applicant's answers to each question on the application determines which scholarships the applicant meets the minimum eligibility criteria to be considered. The online application gives students the advantage and efficiency to be considered for every scholarship available for the academic year without having to submit multiple individual scholarship applications.
Awarding eligibility also requires:
- Current TCC students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
- All recipients must be enrolled for the semester their award has been offered
Every TCC Foundation scholarship must be awarded according to the stated criteria as established by the donor. The TCC Foundation works with each donor to ensure criteria meets the donor's intention for awarding and eliminates any possibilities of discriminating against any student attending TCC. It is important that scholarship donors and/or assigned scholarship contacts have confidence that the TCC Foundation will abide by all written language of a scholarship agreement.
Submitted 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.
Scholarship donors and/or scholarship liaisons are not permitted to take part in the recipient selection process or designate a specific student to receive their scholarship due to federal and state anti-discriminatory laws. The role of the TCC Foundation is to provide direct funding support for Tallahassee Community College, a public institution, and therefore is bound to the same anti-discriminatory guidelines that the College is required to uphold.
The TCC Foundation has several scholarships with eligibility criteria that requires a selected recipient to be a member/affiliate or an employee of a particular organization. If such an organization is aware of individuals interested in the scholarship opportunity, we encourage providing to them information on how to apply in order to be considered. Names of interested individuals can be submitted by the organization to the TCC Foundation Scholarship Officer as verification of their affiliation, in the event the individuals submit a scholarship application. The TCC Foundation will correspond with the organization's scholarship liaison to verify information at the time of awarding. We encourage the staff members of an organizations with a TCC Foundation scholarship to take part in the scholarship process by promoting their scholarship and encouraging their members to submit the online application.
Recipient Awarding Process
Annual Awarding Cycles
Student scholarships are awarded for the fall, spring and summer semesters. The semesters in which awarding occurs is determined by identifying the right number of eligible recipients, available funding and the awarding terms as set by the scholarship agreement.
The TCC Foundation begins recipient award notification in early June for Fall semester awards and at the beginning of October for Spring semester awards. However there are specific scholarships which require a delay in the student awarding/notification process based on the TCC programs they are established to award.
If you have an established scholarship, and your scholarship has been awarded, you may be notified at any time from mid-August through the end of May of the awarding academic year.
Scholarship Awards & Financial Aid Eligibility
Students can receive both scholarship awards and other sources of financial aid at the same time. The TCC Foundation works directly with the TCC Financial Aid Office on all scholarship awards to verify student financial aid status to ensure that awarding does not exceed the designated annual Cost of Attendance (COA). COA is the calculated total amount it will cost a student to go to Tallahassee Community College for one year.
The annual COA calculated amount includes tuition and fees; on-campus room and board (if available), or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students; and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and, if applicable, dependent care. It can also include other expenses like an allowance for the rental or purchase of a personal computer, costs related to a disability, or costs for eligible study-abroad programs.
If a scholarship recipient qualifies for federal aid, the total amount of aid they are eligible to receive and accept is applied first towards the COA amount allowed. Once this is determined scholarship funds a student has been awarded will be applied. If a student has been awarded scholarship funds that will exceed the COA total after their federal aid funding has been applied, their scholarship award amount will be reduced to meet the COA capacity or will be canceled if the recipient has already met the COA capacity prior to applying their scholarship funds.
Scholarship Award Usage
Foundation scholarship funds are specific to Tallahassee Community College student costs and cannot be used to pay for tuition or expenses at another community college or university. Scholarship awards are posted directly to a recipient's TCC student account and applied against the balance owed for tuition, fees and/or book expenses. Students do not receive scholarship awards in the form of a cash or check.
If a selected recipient does not enroll for the semester in which he/she is awarded, the scholarship will be canceled and the process for finding a new recipient will occur. Scholarship funds disbursed to recipients after the drop/add course deadline unfortunatley cannot be recovered in the event the recipient withdraws from his/her classes or the College. The TCC Foundation adheres to a disciplined selection process to ensure that selected recipients are committed to upholding the terms of their award.
Donor - Recipient Connections
Accepting a scholarship requires the awarded recipient to write a thank you letter to their scholarship donor in order to receive the award. Once a recipient has been selected for a scholarship the donor will receive a thank you letter by mail. Donor thank you letters from recipients awarded Fall semester scholarships will be mailed in mid-August. Letters from recipients awarded Spring scholarships will be mailed in mid-October.
Communicating with Recipients
Applying for scholarships requires an applicant to agree to a consent statement on the scholarship application, acknowledging that if the applicant is selected as a recipient their contact information will be provided to their scholarship donor and/or scholarship liaison, if a request is made by one or both of these parties to connect with their recipient.
This recipient consent gives the TCC Foundation authorization to provide only a recipient's contact information to the donor and/or scholarship liaison for the scholarship the recipient was awarded. This information can only be provided upon the recipient completing the full acceptance process. Please note, this consent does not give the TCC Foundation authorization to release any recipient information beyond the authorized contact information to a donor, scholarship liaison or any other third party, if such a request is made.
All recipient/student information pertaining to scholarship application submission or status, current awarding status, award amounts or award disbursement activity, current course registration, enrollment status, current academic standing or records or any other financial aid related information is at the sole discretion of a recipient/student to directly communicate with and/or provide to any and all third parties.
The TCC Foundation is bound to the guidelines of student privacy as outlined by FERPA which you can learn more about at the following link. Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Donor - Recipient Events
As a donor you will be invited to a TCC Foundation annual scholarship event for the opportunity to meet your recipient(s) along with other recipients of TCC Foundation and TCC scholarships.
The TCC Foundation strives each year in making the best attempt to connect scholarship donors and recipients by hosting a General Scholarship Luncheon on TCC's main campus and a Donuts with Donors event for Healthcare recipients at the Ghazvini Healthcare Center for Education.
We appreciate your understanding that due to the numerous amount of people involved with scholarship awarding who all have different school, work and personal schedules, it may not always be possible for a donor and/or a recipient to meet one another at the time each of these events have been scheduled.
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