Scholarships: On the Hunt for Free Money

Scholarships aren't just for the top students or best athletes. There are many different types of awards available to all kinds of students. Check with your high school counseling or career center, your parents' places of work, free scholarship searches online and organizations you, your parents or other relatives may belong to. Look under every rock for that extra financial help- many scholarships end up leaving money on the table because not enough students apply!

The Wash Board

Make sure to utilize the scholarship search website from the Wash Board, which matches opportunities to your background and interests. This is a good place to start for a general college scholarship search. If you're willing to look, you'll likely find you're eligible to apply for many different types of scholarships. 

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible, high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care. The 2018 online application is not currently available. Please note that students' transcripts must be postmarked by the listed date.  Students must also submit the 2018-19 FAFSA or WASFA by the newly listed date. 


  • Annual awards range from $2,500-$7,500 per year.
  • Approximately 1450 applicants will be selected this year.      
  • Renewable up to five years based on credits completed and continued eligibility.
  • Selected students will receive access to workshops, events and additional support during their time in college.

Act Six

Act Six is a leadership and scholarship program that connects local faith-based community affiliates with faith- and social justice-based colleges to equip emerging urban and community leaders to engage the college campus and their communities at home through a simple but powerful four-part strategy: 

  1. Recruit and Select
  2. Train and Prepare
  3. Send and Fund
  4. Support and Inspire

TCC Foundation Scholarships

Did you the know the Foundation has over 280 scholarships to award? We have a wide variety of scholarship available. Our new software automatically matches you to scholarships you qualify for - all you have to do is complete the one-page application (students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, attending fall, winter, and spring 2019-2020, and completed the FAFSA/WAFSA are encouraged to apply).  Apply now or attend an Essay Writing workshop!


College Bound Scholarship

The College Bound Scholarship was established by the Legislature in 2007. The purpose of the program is to provide state funded financial aid to low-income students who may not consider college a possibility because of the cost. Eligibility for the scholarship is a two part process. First, students whose families are income-eligible must submit a complete application during grade 7 or 8, and no later than June 30 of their eighth grade year. Second, students must complete the scholarship pledge requirements and meet income-eligibility guidelines as determined by colleges using data from the student’s FAFSA or WASFA in their senior year of high school.
*The scholarship covers tuition (at comparable public colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance.
More information can be found by click here.

Each of our high schools host its own scholarship page, so please see your counselor for more information.