Student Scholarship Information

The TCC Foundation has a variety of scholarships with a vast range of awarding criteria available to students seeking an AA or AS degree or completing a certificate program. The Foundation offers both financial need based and non-need based scholarships so all students are encouraged to apply.

Scholarship Announcements

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.

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2018 - 19 Awarding Dates

Fall 2018 Scholarships 


Letter of

Recipient Award

Thank You Letter
Submission Deadline*

Cycle 1 Awarding
(for applications submitted between Dec. 1, 2017- Feb. 16, 2018)

February 23, 2018

 April 1, 2018

April 13, 2018

Cycle 2 Awarding
(for applications submitted between Dec. 1, 2017 - May 4, 2018)

May 11, 2018

June 8, 2018

June 22, 2018

Spring/Summer 2019 Scholarships

Cycle 3 Awarding
(for applications submitted between Dec. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2018)

September 7, 2018

October 5, 2018

October 13, 2018

*Important: If Thank You letter is not received by deadline, awards will be canceled.

2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) APPLY NOW

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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 March 31, 2018.


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.

  • The Gadsden Learn Scholarship is a one-time award to provide tuition assistance for up to $1,000 per student
  • Applicants must complete the FASFA in order to be awarded
  • Individual award amounts are determined by the applicant's submitted FASFA and after financial aid is verified
  • 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 considered awarded and notified of your award amount based on the scholarship awarding cycle calendar
  • Award amount notification will be sent in August prior to the start of the academic year



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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 General Information About Scholarships

Types of Scholarships

Scholarships available to students come from two different sources: TCC and the TCC Foundation.

TCC Scholarships

TCC provides scholarships for programs at the College such as Honors, Peer Leadership, Student Ambassadors, Model UN and S.T.E.M.

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


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.

Applying for Scholarships

Scholarship Application

Students must complete and submit the TCC online scholarship application.

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.

New 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.

Returning Users

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.

Need Help? If you forgot your scholarship account username and/or password, contact TCC Scholarship Coordinator Angie Isaac at

Submitting Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation (LORs) are a great way to supplement your application and can be submitted to your application at any time. They are not required to successfully submit the online scholarship application, but if you choose to submit one, it is advised to take note of the LOR cycle deadlines above. If you submits LOR's after a particular LOR deadline, they will be taken into consideration with your application during the next awarding cycle.

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Online Submissions

In the designated area within the online scholarship application, provide an email address for each recommender that you choose. The scholarship system will email the recommender with a questionnaire for the individual to complete. 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 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.

Hard Copy Submissions

Letters of Recommendation can also be accepted as hard copies along with the scholarship application. Hard copies must have the recommender's name, position, contact information and be written on letterhead.

Submitting without an LOR

Applicants who submit LORs with their application before the LOR deadline date will be considered for scholarships over applicants who do not submit any LORs. To be competitive, be sure to complete this important step in the applying process.

Consideration and Selection Process


Once your application is submitted, a matching process occurs. This process determines which of the available scholarships you are eligible for. It is best to check your scholarship account periodically for updates regarding your application status and individual scholarship eligibility.

Selection Process

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.

Committee members read, evaluate and individually rank applications based on several factors:

  • Specific criteria of the individual scholarships
  • Student GPA
  • 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.

Notification of Awards

If you are a selected recipient you will receive an email notification. This notification will be sent to the email address you provided to submit your application, which it why the email address you provide is the same one that is associated with your scholarship account.

You can view your awarded scholarships in your TCC student account under the Financial Aid Awards tab.

Note, If you are selected and accept a scholarship but do not attend TCC, your award will not disburse and will be canceled.

Accepting An Award

Accepting Your Award

If you are offered a scholarship, an email notification will provide an "Award Information" link for you 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.

Receiving Your 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 keep your classes from being dropped.

Donor Relations

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.

Award Usage

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.

How Scholarship & Financial Aid Works

Completing the FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, general information, dates and deadline is available online at 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 Multiple Types of Financial Aid

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 is taken into consideration when determining award eligibility.

How the Scholarship Award Cycles Work

Awarding Cycles

Annual awarding is determined in part by the applications received and the funding that is available. 

Receiving Awards

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.

Multiple Awards

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.

Haven't Heard Back Yet?

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.


Attending TCC Foundation Events

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

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?

Letter Writing Tips


High School Guidance Resources

TCC Scholarship Application

  A PDF version of the 2018-19 TCC student scholarship application is available for you to view at the link below.   

2018-19 Scholarship Application Preview


December 1, 2017 Appreciation Breakfast

2017 Slide Show Presentation


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:

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:

TCC Administrators

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:






Still have questions or need additional assistance?

For Foundation scholarship information:


Sarah Stout
Foundation Scholarship Officer 
Phone: (850) 201-6203

For Honors, STEM, Student Ambassador, Peer Leadership, Bright Futures and outside scholarships or Financial Aid information:


Angie Isaac
TCC Scholarship Coordinator
Phone: (850) 201-8411

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