Scholarships: On the Hunt for Free Money

Scholarships aren't just for the top students or best athletes. There are many types of awards available to all kinds of students. Check with your high school counseling or career center, your parent's places of work, free scholarship searches online and organizations you, your parent 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 WashBoard 

WashBoard.pngMake sure to utilize the scholarship search website from the WashBoard, 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 certain fields. There are now two WSOS scholarships: a Baccalaureate Scholarship and a Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS). 

The Baccalaureate Scholarship has been offered since 2012. 

  • It provides up to $22,500 in financial aid, plus support services for students planning to earn a bachelor's degree in a high-demand STEM or health care major. The maximum award begins at $2,500 for freshman year and rises to $7,500 for senior year for students on track to earn a degree in an eligible major. 
  • The 2020 online application opened January 6 and close February 6. 

The Career and Technical Scholarship supports students planning to complete a certificate, apprenticeship, or associate degree in a high-demand trade, STEM field, or health care field.

  • It provides up to $1,500 per quarter, plus support services for the duration of a student's program.
  • The CTS application will open each quarter. It will open in January for students looking for funding in spring quarter 2020. Current high school seniors wishes to enroll in fall 2020 should complete the application that will open in May. 

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? There are a wide variety of scholarship available. The 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 2020-21, and completed the FAFSA/WAFSA are encouraged to apply).  The application opened January 1, 2020.


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. The scholarship is for use at eligible institutions in Washington. 

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. A student's scholarship is pending until all requirements at met, and it is the institution that determines the amount of the award.

The scholarship covers tuition (at comparable public colleges), some fees, and a small book allowance.
More information can be found by clicking here.

Scholarships Listed on High School Websites

These TPS high schools post a list of scholarships: