2018-19 Scholarship Application
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Applying for Scholarships
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 based on specific criteria as set by a donor with the intent to help fulfill areas of student need.
Scholarships are awarded for the fall, spring and summer semesters. When applying for scholarships online, the application automatically applies 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.
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.
When completing the TCC online scholarship application it is suggested to use either Internet Explorer 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
FALL 2018 Scholarships
Thank You Letter
CYCLE 1 Awarding
February 23, 2018
April 1, 2018
April 13, 2018
CYCLE 2 Awarding
May 11, 2018
June 8, 2018
June 22, 2018
June 22, 2018
July 6, 2018
SPRING & SUMMER 2019 Scholarships
CYCLE 3 Awarding
September 7, 2018
October 5, 2018
October 13, 2018
*Important: Thank you letters not received by the posted deadline date may be subject to cancellation.
Frequently Asked Questions
General Scholarship Information
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 the donors. Foundation scholarships are available for First Generation, Military, Science & Math, Theater, Workforce Development, Disabilities, Education, Criminal Justice, Building & Construction, etc. Learn more
First Generation Matching Grant Scholarships
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 postsecondary 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 postsecondary 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 and are paid on behalf of the student.
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.
Scholarship awarding occurs three times during each academic year according to the awarding date calendar.
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.
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
Applicants only need to submit one application for the 2018-19 academic year. All applications will be kept on file and reviewed during each of the three awarding cycles, which include two for Fall 2018 scholarships and one for Spring & Summer 2019 scholarships. Applications can be submitted at any time during the 2018-19 academic year.
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 may need additional information.
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.
First Time Users
If you are a first-time user, you will be required to set up a scholarship account.
- For current TCC students, please be sure to 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, contact TCC Scholarship Coordinator Angie Isaac at email@example.com
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation (LORs) are an important part of the application process. LORs are not required to successfully submit the online scholarship application. However, be aware of the LOR cycle submission deadlines above to ensure that your letters are submitted on time. 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.
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. IN the designated area of the application you will need to provide an email address for each recommender that you choose. 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 completion of this process. Only scholarship committee members will have access to view the questionnaire and the comments submitted by the recommender.
Applicants can change/update a recommender's email address at any time by logging into your scholarship account, even after an application has been submitted as long as changes occur before a particular LOR cycle deadline date.
Hard Copy Submission
Letters of recommendation can also be submitted in the form of a hard copy as an attachment to the scholarship application. Hard copies 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. To be competitive, be sure to complete this important step in the application process.
Consideration, Selection & Notification Process
Submitted applications undergo a matching process, this process determines which of the available scholarships you are eligible for based on your answers to the questions asked. It is advised that you manage your scholarship account periodically for updates on the individual scholarships you have qualified as eligible to 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 an email notification will be sent to you. This notification will be sent to the email address you used to set-up your scholarship account. You can also directly login to your scholarship account at any time to see your awarding status.
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 after the designated recipient notification date of the current awarding cycle or selected during the next awarding cycle. It is advised that you periodically monitor your account so that in the event you are given a late award you do not miss the opportunity to accept your award before it is canceled.
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.
Accepting & Receiving Awards
Accepting Your Award
As a selected recipient, the email notification you receive will provide an "Award Information" link in order 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.
Receiving Your Award
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.
In order to receive your award you must officially accept the award through your scholarship account and complete the thank you letter requirement. Your award will be posted to your TCC student account once you have registered for classes and is applied to your semester tuition balance due. Be sure that if your award does not cover the entire cost of your semester balance that another form of funds are established to avoid having your courses dropped. Scholarship awards do not disburse until the drop/add period for the semester you have been awarded has ended.
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 cannot be renewed 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.
FASFA 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 Financial Aid & Scholarships
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.
TCC Foundation scholarships are not eligible to be combined with students who have been awarded or are currently receiving full tuition scholarships such as Florida Bright Futures, Take Stock In Children, TCC Peer Leadership and TCC Student Ambassadors scholarships. Additionally, verification of the applicant's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) for PELL eligibility will be taken into consideration when determining award eligibility.
To view scholarships that you have been awarded login to your TCC student 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.
Donor Relations & Recipient Involvement
Upon submitting a scholarship application, you will agree to several consent statements during the applying process. 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 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.
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.
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.
To be considered for the Gadsden Learn Scholarship, please complete and submit the 2018-19 TCC online scholarship application on or before May 4, 2018.
Eligibility & Awarding
If you are a current Gadsden County high school senior and are applying for the Gadsden Learn Scholarship, here are a few things you should know.
- All Gadsden County residents who are Gadsden County graduating high school seniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to be considered for the scholarship
- The Gadsden Learn Scholarship is a one-time award to provide tuition assistance for up to $1,000 per student
- This scholarship is awarded for the Fall semester only
- Applicants must complete the FASFA in order to be awarded fafsa.ed.gov
- Individual award amounts are determined by the applicant's submitted FASFA along with financial aid verification
- Submitted applications will go through the TCC committee review process to verify eligibility
- If you meet all of the criteria for this select TCC Foundation scholarship you will be notified according to the Cycle 1 award notification date
- Award amount will be determined in August prior to the start of the academic year and before the Fall semester tuition deadline
- If your financial aid verification determines a no need gap for the cost of your Fall tuition you will be notified that you are not eligible to receive funds from this scholarship
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.
At this time the New Start Scholarship is closed. This application may re-open once the 2018-19 academic year begins.
Scholarship Award Nomination Forms
Scholarship Award Nomination Forms are for use only by TCC Foundation approved individuals.
High School & Outside Organization Awarding Committees
If you are an individual from an outside scholarship recipient selection committee for a TCC Foundation scholarship, please click the link below to download the scholarship nomination form.
Outside scholarship committees must submit a Scholarship Award Nomination Form for fund balance verification before awards will be processed. Once a nomination is submitted funds will be verified and you will receive an email notification of approval status.
Email forms to: firstname.lastname@example.org
TCC Gates Book Scholarship Committee
TCC Gates Scholarship Committe:
To nominate a student for a Gates Book Scholarship award, please click on the link below to download the Gates Book Award Nomination Form.
Award nomination forms must be submitted in order for recipient scholarship awards to be processed.
Email forms to: email@example.com
To nominate a student for a Follett Book Scholarship award, please click on the link below to download 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
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