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  • Scholarships
  • Scholarship Opportunities

    At PCC there are dozens of scholarships available from departments to various foundation scholarships. Some scholarships are very broad and others will have very specific requirements, like having a specific major or keeping a minimum average grade. Each scholarship will have different rules and deadlines. Explore the many different opportunities below.

    Featured Scholarship

    Colorado Merit Scholarship
    This scholarship is available to students who are Colorado Residents and also meet the following criteria:  

    • Enrolled in at least 6 credit hours
    • Enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program
    • Have a college GPA of 2.75 or higher, have a high school diploma with a GPA of 2.75 or higher, or have a GED score of 550 or higher
    • Have submitted a FAFSA and completed verification if applicable
    • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements

    Colorado Merit Scholarship Application

  • PCC Foundation Scholarships

    The Foundation is committed to awarding scholarships based on academic ability, special educational interests, talent and – in some cases – need. Each scholarship that is awarded by the Foundation has it own set of guidelines for the application and selection process.

    View a list of all available PCC Foundation Scholarships

    Private Scholarships

    Private Scholarships
    Many private organizations offer scholarships to college students. A private scholarship search engine can help you locate many of these opportunities.

    If any scholarship service requires a payment or charges a fee, or claims that you are guaranteed at least a small award do not continue. Scholarships and grants are free so any application should also be free.

    It is recommended that you register a separate email address when using these services because they generate high email volumes.

    Scholarship search sites
    College in Colorado
    College Gold
    U.S. Department of Education
    College Resource Network
    Student Scholarship Search

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do scholarships differ from other types of financial aid?

    Scholarships are classified as gifts and do not need to be repaid. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, or a combination of the two. Many scholarships have additional requirements as well. For example, you may have to be resident of a particular state, be involved in extracurricular activities, have a special talent, or be pursuing a specific major.

    If I have a scholarship, what impact does this have on my eligibility for other financial aid?

    In order to understand how scholarships and financial aid work together, you must first understand a few core concepts about the financial aid system.

    To apply for financial aid and need based scholarships, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will determine your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) which is the amount that you (and your family) are projected to be able to contribute towards your educational expenses for the year.

    Your Cost of Attendance (COA) is what PCC expects it should cost for tuition, fees, books, room and board, travel, and miscellaneous costs for the nine month academic year (August – May).

    Your EFC is subtracted from the COA and the difference is considered your financial need. Need based scholarships, grants and loans can never exceed your financial need. The total of all of your aid may never exceed the total COA. If your aid exceeds this need or the COA, awards must be adjusted accordingly. Any scholarship you receive will be used to meet your COA for the year

    Can scholarships be awarded for the summer semester?

    Institutional scholarships are awarded during the summer; however, aid is limited and may not be available. If an independent organization wishes to grant you a scholarship for use during a summer session, notify the PCC Cashier’s Office.

    Applying for Scholarships

    What makes a good essay?
    When you are applying for scholarships to help with your college educational expenses, a good essay is an extremely important part of your application. The scholarship essay is one place where you can describe your unique qualities and personal attributes.

    A good essay should:

    • Be typed.
    • Specifically address the essay prompt or question.
    • Follow the guidelines specified about length and formatting.
    • Tell why you are special; why you got involved in particular club or volunteer projects; why you chose your current major and field of study.
    • Give the scholarship committee insight into your personality, interests, motivations, goals, etc.
    • Describe significant people or events in your life that have helped shape your interests, attitudes, goals, etc.
    • Give an explanation of special circumstances you feel would be important for the scholarship committee to know when reviewing your application.
    • Show that you have put as much effort into writing the essay as you would expect the scholarship committee to put into reviewing your application.

    What are my chances of receiving a scholarship? How could I improve my chances?

    Chances of receiving a scholarship vary greatly depending on the amount of scholarship dollars available and the number of qualified applicants. Sometimes, only a handful of applications are received while at other times, we receive hundreds of applications. The number of scholarships offered may vary from one student per year to one hundred students per year.

    To improve your chances of being selected, find scholarships that are a good fit for you by reading the eligibility criteria carefully and apply for scholarships for which you meet the minimum criteria. If a scholarship is for students from New Jersey, and you’re from Colorado, it’s probably not a good fit.

    Also, scholarship organizations like to see students who are involved in the community and give back to those around them. Make sure you describe your extra-curricular activities in detail. Instead of using acronyms that the scholarship committee may be unfamiliar with, type the full name of the organization. For example, NHS should be typed out National Honor Society or FBLA should be listed as Future Business Leaders of America.

    No matter what, your chance of being selected depends on the amount of effort you put into your application. Make sure to read the directions carefully, supply all of the required application materials, proofread the application for mistakes, and submit your application on time, if not early.

    Who should I ask to write my letter of recommendation?

    Teachers, professors, employers, or mentors are all good individuals to ask to write your letter of recommendation. Be sure to ask them at least two weeks before you need to send the letter. You may also want to give them your resume, facts about the scholarship, or important factors you want them to focus on in the letter. Also, make a point to send a thank you note to your advocate after you have received it to show your gratitude.

    Letters of recommendation should not come from relatives or personal friends. While your friends and family will give you a good letter of recommendation (you hope), these letters will be biased. Scholarship committees are more likely to give preference to letters that come from a professional source.

    What should I do if a scholarship organization requests “enrollment verification” in order to release my award funds?

    Fill out the Enrollment Verification Form and submit it to the Office of Admissions and Records, located on the ground floor of Main Hall, room 108.

    How are scholarships paid?

    Most scholarships, both institutional and private, are credited to your PCC bill each semester. Some may be sent directly to you, but this is rare. PCC must confirm you have been accepted and have enrolled in the appropriate number of course hours before payment will be made. If your scholarship arrives after your bill is already paid for the semester, or if the scholarship is more than your bill, a refund may be issued to you.

    Ten Tips for a Successful Scholarship Application

    1. Apply for anything and everything. If you think you are eligible to receive the scholarship, apply for it! The worse that can happen is they say “no.” If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, call the sponsoring organization and ask for clarification.

    2. Complete the application. If something is not applicable on the application, mark it as N/A or “does not apply.” Do not leave lines blank.

    3. Follow directions. Only supply things that are requested. If transcripts, resumes, etc. are not required, don’t include them.

    4. Neatness counts. Make photocopies for working drafts. Save everything, including a copy of your applications, in a special scholarship file.

    5. Make sure your essay leaves an impression. This essay represents you to the scholarship committee. Be personal and specific. Include concrete details. Be complete and concise but also creative. If you use an example of some sort, explain it enough so that the committee understands your situation.

    6. Watch all deadlines. Do not wait until the last minute! Give yourself a deadline two weeks prior to actual due date to proofread your application and essay and make any necessary corrections. Use a separate calendar to keep track of all deadlines for all scholarships you wish to apply for.

    7. Give it a final ‘once over’ before you submit your application. Proofread (and have someone else proofread) the entire application carefully. Ask for help if you need it and do not hesitate to call the funding organization if you have questions.

    8. Never assume! Having a 4.0 GPA and a perfect ACT score does not automatically guarantee you scholarship. You have to work at it too! Good grades do help, but they need to be supported with substance and a well-rounded student who will represent the scholarship well.

    9. Take steps to make sure your application gets where it needs to go. Make a copy of the entire packet and keep it for your files. Make certain that your name appears on all pages. Follow up with the organization or school to make sure your application really got there or hand-deliver it yourself. Many applications are submitted online so they should appear instantaneously.

    10. Never doubt yourself! Don’t be discouraged if you did not receive a scholarship. Scholarship money is limited and the application process is highly competitive for every scholarship, even the smaller ones. It may take many applications, but the more you apply for the better chance you have of receiving one, or multiple scholarships.

  • Contact Us

    Scholarships Office
    Steve Candelaria

    Office Hours
    Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sat-Sun: Closed