Spring 2019 recipeint award notifications begin on September 24th. If you submitted a scholarship application between December 1, 2017 and September 31, 2018 be sure to check your email account associated with your scholarship account for possible award notifications.
How to Apply
Beginning Dec. 1, 2017, the online scholarship application will remain open for the 2018-19 academic year. 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.
Each year, the TCC Foundation provides scholarships to hundreds of incoming and current students. Over $500,000 is awarded annually to over 400 recipients with awards ranging from $500 up to $4,000.
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 for the fall, spring and summer semesters and are based on specific criteria as set by a donor with the intent to help fulfill areas of student need.
Scholarship applications automatically apply toward all scholarships currently being offered by both the TCC Foundation and TCC. The system then matches you to scholarships that you are eligible to receive. Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed during each awarding cycle.
It is suggested to use either Internet Explorer or Firefox when applying for scholarships. If using the Chrome web browser, there is a chance the application information may not save.
2018 - 2019 Awarding Dates
FALL 2018 SCHOLARSHIPS
Thank You Letter
Cycle 1 Awarding
(2018 High School Seniors ONLY)
Applications submitted between Dec. 1, 2017 - Feb. 16, 2018
February 23, 2018
April 1, 2018
April 13, 2018
FASFA Submission Deadline May 4, 2018 (to be considered for fall awards)
Cycle 2 Awarding
Applications submitted between Dec. 1, 2017 -May 4, 2018
Newly accepted Healthcare Students
May 11, 2018
June 8, 2018
June 22, 2018
August 1, 2018
SPRING & SUMMER 2019 SCHOLARSHIPS
Cycle 3 Awarding
Applications submitted between Dec. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2018
September 7, 2018
October 5, 2018
October 8, 2018
FASFA Submission Deadline August 31, 2018 (to be considered for spring awards)
*Important: Thank you letters not received by the posted deadline date may be subject to award cancellation.
Select Foundation Scholarships
GADSDEN LEARN SCHOLARSHIP
The Gadsden Learn Scholarship is awarded exclusively to current high school seniors graduating from a Gadsden County public or private high school or who are home schooled.
2018 Gadsden County high school graduates........To be considered for the Gadsden Learn Scholarship, you must complete and submit the 2018-19 online TCC scholarship application and the 2018-19 FASFA on or before May 4, 2018.
Eligibility & Awarding
To be eligible for the Gadsden Learn Scholarship you must be a graduating Gadsden County high school senior (first time college student) with a 3.0 GPA or higher and a Gadsden County resident.
- Funds from the Gadsden Learn Scholarship are applied towards student tuition for the upcoming academic year at TCC with prospective second year awarding determined by available funding
- Applicants must complete and submit the FASFA in order to be awarded - fafsa.ed.gov
- Submitted applications will go through the TCC committee review process to verify recipient eligibility
- Candidates who meet the criteria for this select TCC Foundation scholarship will be notified according to the TCC scholarship awarding calendar Cycle 2 award notification date
- Awards will be posted to eligible recipient's accounts before posted TCC semester tuition deadlines
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.
New Start Scholarship Overview
This New Start Scholarship Overview link provides details about the scholarship, awarding and maintaining eligibility.
At this time the New Start Scholarship application is closed due to having met the maximum number of recipients for awarding. Please check back as this application may re-open for the 2019-20 academic year.
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.
Need help for what to include in your thank you letter?
Forms and Print Materials
For TCC Foundation-approved individuals only.
Outside Awarding Committees (GED Awards Only)
If you are an individual from an outside scholarship recipient selection committee and are responsible for awarding a TCC Foundation scholarship related to GED expenses only, please follow the steps below to complete the awarding process:
1. Individuals who are awarding must send the following information to the TCC Foundation Scholarship Officer to the email address below before awarding will occur:
- Name of scholarship being awarded
- Recipient name
- Student TCC ID or Last 4 SSN
2. Once an award request is received and upon available funds, a signed Award Approval Form will be emailed to the requestor which is to be provided to the named recipient. See Sample Signed Approval Form
3. In order for the named recipeint to receive the scholarhsip award they must present a signed approval form to the GED staff at TCC Workforce Development.
Email Forms To: firstname.lastname@example.org
TCC Gates Book Scholarship Committee
TCC Gates Scholarship Committee:
To nominate a student for a Gates Book Scholarship award, please follow the steps below:
- Complete and save the GATES BOOK SCHOLARSHIP NOMINATION FORM.
- Email the form to Angie Isaac.
- Provide the student you are nominating a copy of the STUDENT AWARD NOTIFICATION INFORMATION.
- Submit completed nomination forms to the officer manager of your division.
- Office Managers, award nomination forms must be submitted in order for Gates awards to be processed.
- Current financial aid status will be verified for the nominated student before awarding will occur.
- If a nominated student has financial aid funding equal to or greater than the Gates scholarship amount requested, the award will not be processed.
- Division office managers will be notified of the awarding status by Angie Isaac upon verification.
Email Forms To: email@example.com
To nominate a student for a Follett Book Scholarship award, please download and complete the FOLLETT BOOK AWARD NOMINATION FORM.
Award nomination forms must be submitted in order for recipient scholarship awards to be processed.
Email Forms To: firstname.lastname@example.org
TCC Faculty & Staff
Click here to download the STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP INFO FLYER
Division Recipient Award Report - Art, GED, Model UN
Divisions who have completed scholarship awarding with funds transferred must complete and submit a RECIPIENT AWARD REPORT FORM at the close of each academic semester.
Frequently Asked Questions
General Scholarship Information
Scholarship Funding Sources
TCC provides scholarships for programs at the College such as Honors, Peer Leadership, Student Ambassadors, Model UN and S.T.E.M.
TCC Foundation Scholarships
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 each donors. TCC Foundation scholarships are available for, but not limited to......First Generation, Military, Science & Math, Theater, Workforce Development, Disabilities, Education, Criminal Justice, Building & Construction, etc. Learn more
First Generation Matching Grant Scholarships (FGMG)
From the support of TCC Foundation private donor scholarship contributions designated for the First Generation Matching Grant (FGMG) scholarship program, TCC is afforded the opportunity of awarding spring semester scholarships to eligible students who are first generation in their immediate family to attend college. Students eligible to receive FGMG state matching funds must meet the following criteria for both the fall and spring semester of the academic year in which the awarding occurs:
- Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A student’s residency and citizenship status are determined by the post-secondary institution. Questions regarding such status should be directed to the financial aid office or admissions office of the institution the student plans to attend.
- Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
- Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree.
- Be accepted at a Florida state university or Florida college (public community college) and enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.
- Meet additional eligibility requirements as established by the post-secondary institution.
- Be a first generation college student. A student is considered "first generation" if neither of the student's parents earned a college degree at the baccalaureate level or higher. A student who regularly resided with and received support from only one parent who did not earn a baccalaureate degree would also be eligible.
- Have met the eligibility requirements in Section 1009.50, Florida Statutes, for demonstrated financial need for the Florida Public Student Assistant Grant, by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Defined as PELL eligible
Student Housing Scholarships
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 on behalf of the awarded student. The online TCC application includes a section to apply for a housing scholarship for those who are interested.
Students who are currently enrolled or who plan to attend Tallahassee Community College during the upcoming semester are eligible to receive scholarships. Current TCC students must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher in order to be aconsidered.
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. If you submit an application but do not submit the FAFSA, scholarships offered by the TCC Foundation will not appear on your "My Opportunities" list of scholarships. For your name to appear as a candidate for all scholarships awarded by the TCC Foundation, you must submit the current academic year FASFA.
Scholarship awarding occurs three times during each academic year according to the annual awarding calendar.
Scholarship awards are posted directly to the recipient's TCC student account and are applied towards the balance of the recipient's tuition, fees and in some cases textbooks for the semester the award is being given.
Scholarship awards are not applicable for payments to third parties outside of Tallahassee Community College.
Application & Awarding Process
To be considered for a scholarship, you must complete and submit the online TCC Scholarship Application (We highly recommend that you bookmark the scholarship account login page so that you can efficiently access the website to your scholarship account.) Applicants only need to submit one application for the awarding academic year. A new application will be need to be submitted for the next upcoming academic year which becomes available in December annually.
All submitted applications will be kept on file and reviewed during each of the three awarding cycles, which include two for Fall semester scholarships and one for Spring & Summer semester scholarships. Applications can be submitted at any time during the awarding academic year. Submitted applications will be reviewed based on the date the application was submitted in accordance with the posted awarding calendar dates.
Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email log back in to your account as your application as not been successfully submitted and may require additional information.
First Time Users
If you are a first-time user, you must set-up a scholarship account.
- For current TCC students, please use your TCC email address when establishing your scholarship account.
- For current high school students (or those who have not yet received a TCC email address), be sure to use the email address that you check most often.
Student's should set-up and manage only one TCC scholarship account. If you have applied for scholarships in the past simply login to your existing account.
Having Trouble? If you forgot your scholarship account username and/or password, please first contact the TCC Scholarship Coordinator Angie Isaac email@example.com or the TCC Foundation Scholarship Officer Sarah Stout firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation (LORs) are an important part of the application process. LORs are not requirement to submit the online scholarship application. However, be aware of the LOR cycle submission deadlines to ensure that your letters are submitted on or before the posted deadline dates. If your LORs are submitted after a posted LOR deadline date, your application and recommendations will be taken into consideration during the next awarding cycle, if applicable.
The online scholarship application provides applicants the option of sending an email request directly to an individual they would like to have a letter written from. The application provides a designated section for you to provide an email address for each recommender you would like to write a letter. The scholarship system will email the recommender with a questionnaire to complete on your behalf. Once the recommender submits a response, you will receive an email notification that confirms the process has been completed. Only scholarship committee members will have access to view LORs received by a recommender.
You can change or update a recommender's email address at any time by logging into your scholarship account, even after your application has been submitted as long as changes occur before a particular LOR cycle deadline date.
LOR Attached Document
Letters of recommendation can also be submitted as an attached document to the scholarship application. All attached LOR documents must have the recommender's name, position, contact information and be written on official letterhead.
Applying Without LORs
Applicants who submit LORs with their application will be considered for scholarships over applicants who do not submit any recommendations. To be a competitive candidate, be sure to complete this important step in the application process.
Consideration, Selection & Notification Process
Submitted applications undergo a recipient eligibility matching process. Based on the answers to your questions on the application, the scholarship system determines which scholarships you are an eligible candidate for that are currently being awarded.
It is advised that you check your scholarship account periodically for updates on the individual scholarships you have qualified as eligible to possibly receive.
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 to read, evaluate and rank based on the following factors:
- The specific criteria of the individual scholarships they have been assigned
- Required essays
- Letters of recommendation
- Overall completion of the application questions
When applying for scholarships, it is best to submit a thorough and well-detailed application for the best opportunity of being selected to receive an award. Be sure to check all spelling and grammar in the writing portions of the application.
At times there may be circumstances when students who have applied are selected for more than one scholarship in an awarding cycle and awarded again during another awarding cycle within the same academic year.
If you are selected as a recipient, you will receive an email notification to the email address you used to set-up your scholarship account. You can also check your award status any time within your scholarship account.
If you submitted an application and have not been notified during a particular awarding cycle, there is a chance that you could be selected after the designated recipient notification date of the current awarding cycle or selected during the next awarding cycle. Make sure to periodically monitor your account, so in the event you are given a late award, you do not miss the opportunity to accept before it is canceled.
Tip: Be sure that you did include at least two letters of recommendation with your application. Not submitting a letter can be a reason for not receiving an award.
Information regarding a student's scholarship account, current application submission, awarding, academic standing or enrollment status can only be discussed with the scholarship applicant/recipient/student. The TCC Foundation is bound to guidelines of student privacy as outlined by FERPA which you can learn more about here Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Accepting & Receiving Awards
Accepting Your Award
As a selected recipient, you will receive an email notification which will provide an "Award Information" link for you to officially accept your scholarship and upload your donor thank you letter. Thank you letters must be submitted on or before the posted thank you letter submission deadline dates. Letters not submitted on time may result in cancellation of your scholarship award.
Regularly checking your email associated with your scholarship account, all award notifications and/or reminders will be sent to this email address and can occur at anytime during the awarding academic year.
Receiving Your Award
After officially accepting your award and completing the thank you letter requirement, please allow up to 24 hours for your scholarship award to appear in the Financial Aid Awards Status tab of your EagleNet account. If your award does not cover the full amount of your tuition balance, be sure that you have another form of funding to cover the remaining balance on or before the tuition deadline date so that the courses you have registered are not dropped. Scholarship awards do not disburse until the drop/add period has ended for the semester you have been awarded.
Please note, if you are selected and accept a scholarship but do not attend TCC, your award will not disburse and will be canceled. Canceled awards will not be renewed or extended to use for future semesters at TCC.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Completing the FAFSA
Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to be considered for a scholarship. Information from the FASFA is used to determine financial eligibility for each candidate. It is important to remember that the TCC Foundation offers scholarships for students with a wide range of financial need so be sure to complete this process - it benefits all applicants.
FAFSA general information, dates and deadline are available online at fafsa.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.
Receiving Scholarships & Financial Aid
Students can receive scholarship awards along with other sources of financial aid. The TCC Financial Aid Office will verify the scholarships you have been awarded against your financial aid status so as not jeopardize your current financial aid package.
Scholarship funds that you have been awarded will be added to your student account after all of your federal financial aid as been applied, if applicable. If scholarship funds you have been awarded will exceed the annual total Cost Of Attendance (COA) allowed amount, your scholarship award funds will be reduced to meet the COA maximum capacity or will be canceled if the COA capacity has already been met.
Students already receiving one of the scholarships listed below which provide 60- hours of in-state tuition are not eligible to receive TCC Foundation scholarships:
- Florida Bright Futures (Academic & Medallion Scholar Awards)
- Take Stock In Children Scholarship
- TCC Peer Leadership Scholarship
- TCC Student Ambassadors Scholarship
Viewing Your Awards
To view scholarships that you have been awarded, log in to your TCC EagleNet account and click the Financial Aid Awards tab. Scholarships that you have been awarded for the current academic semester will not appear in your account until disbursement has occurred.
If a scholarship you have been awarded is not shown, it may be due to one of the following reasons:
- You have not logged into your TCC scholarship account and formally accepted your award.
- You have accepted your award but have not submitted a donor thank you letter, if required.
Scholarship awards for an upcoming semester may take 1-2 days to appear in your financial aid awards in your EagleNet account. On rare occasions there may be a longer delay, but all awards will be posted before the TCC semester tuition deadline date.
Recipient & Donor Involvement
When you submit a scholarship application, you must agree to several consent statements found on the application. One of these statements is acknowledging that the donor of the scholarship in which you may receive will be provided your contact information.
Some donors like to meet and/or correspond with the recipients of their scholarship just to learn more about their educational goals. At times TCC Foundation scholarship recipients may be invited to luncheons or events sponsored by donors or by the TCC Foundation itself, these opportunities are a great time for everyone involved. Having the chance to connect with the individuals who take an active role in helping TCC students is truly meaningful.
The TCC Foundation implements several events on campus throughout the year and very often engages scholarship recipients as part of them. If you receive a scholarship you may be contacted and asked to participate on one of these events. Both the TCC Foundation and the College believe it is important that your award accomplishment is recognized by others.
Still have questions or need additional assistance?
For questions about Foundation scholarships:
Sarah Stout, Scholarship Officer
Phone: (850) 201-6203
For questions about Financial Aid, Bright Futures or TCC Honors, STEM, Student Ambassador, Peer Leadership and outside scholarships:
Angie Isaac, Scholarship Coordinator
TCC Financial Aid Office
Phone: (850) 201-8411