Scholarships for Community College Students

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Community College Student Scholarships

Going to community college can be the right first step for obtaining a degree, whether you want to go for your Associate’s degree, a certificate, or transfer to a 4-year school. Here is a list of scholarships that Community College students can apply for.

American Association for Women in Community College National Board Scholarship

Multiple recipients, $500

The Details: This scholarship is for a $500 award per region to one student who meets the national board scholarship criteria.

The Deadline: February

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: link

Association of American Geographers (AAG) Darrel Hess Community College Geography Scholarship

Two recipients, $1,500

The Details: This scholarship is awarded to two students who attend a community college, junior college, city college, or similar 2-year educational institution who will be transferring as geography majors to 4-year colleges and universities. It is funded by Darrel Hess, the author of McKnight’s Physical Geography: A Landscape Application, published by Pearson. Students must have completed at least two transfer courses in geography.

The Deadline: December

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: link

The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) Osher Scholarship

Two recipients, Up to $1,200 per academic year

The Details: The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) offers scholarships to over 3,000 students each year at over 90 California Community Colleges. The scholarship supports those with financial need. Students must have completed 24 units of degree-applicable study, be enrolled in at least six units for the next semester, and qualify for a California College Promise Grant.

The Deadline: Varies

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: link

The Career and Technical Scholarship Program

Multiple recipients, Up to $2,500, $625 each semester 

The Details: This scholarship is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarships are for students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the US. Students will also need to be under the age of 30.

The Deadline: Due in April for high school students, due later in the year for those not in high school.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: link

Jeannette Rankin Scholarship

Multiple recipients, $2,000 the first year, up to a max of $10,000 over the next five years.

The Details: The Jeannette Rankin Scholarship is for students 35 years old and older, who are low income, and pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree or their first bachelor’s degree. They will need to be enrolled in or accepted at an accredited institution.

The Deadline: February

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: link

Guistwhite Scholarship Program

Multiple recipients, $5,000 over two years

The Details: With the Guistwhite Scholarship Program students must be enrolled in a minimum of six semester credit hours, or nine quarter credit hours of associate’s degree, college level coursework. They must also be a member of Phi Theta Kappa and be in good standing. They need to be intending to transfer to a regionally accredited 4-year college and be admitted into their field of study with a minimum of six credit hours. There is also a minimum amount of credit hours that they will need to have completed before applying.

The Deadline: May for the Spring, and December for the Fall.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: link

The Hites Transfer Scholarship

10 recipients, $7,500

The Details: The Hites Transfer Scholarship is funded by a scholarship endowment established in 2010 as a result of a matching grant from the Hites Family Community College Foundation. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six semester credit hours, or nine quarter credit hours of associate’s degree, college level coursework. They must also be a member of Phi Theta Kappa and be in good standing. They need to be intending to transfer to a regionally accredited 4-year college and be admitted into their field of study on a full-time basis. There is also a minimum amount of credit hours that they will need to have completed before applying.

The Deadline: May for the Spring, and December for the Fall.

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: link

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Multiple recipients, $500-$5,000

The Details: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is to assist students of hispanic heritage obtain a University degree. The scholarship is open to high school students, undergraduate students, community college students who are transferring to a 4-year anniversary, and graduate students. Awards are based on merit and all majors and graduate fields should apply. There is an emphasis on STEM majors.

The Deadline: February

Website for more information and to apply for this scholarship: link

Your Own Community Colleges

Community Colleges usually have their own scholarships you can apply for. Make sure to check with your own school to see what they have to offer. They could be open to all students, based on financial need, or merit based.

Make sure to visit our Scholarship Section here at College Recon for even more scholarships that you might be eligible to apply for.

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