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Tips for Applying

Successfully applying for scholarships and grants takes attention to detail and determination. Here are some helpful hints for filling out a winning scholarship application.

Pay Attention to Deadlines
Applications for most scholarships are due May 29, 2015. Unofficial transcripts (academic record) or a copy of your GED diploma must also be received by the Pima Community College Foundation by that date. Applications without unofficial transcripts or GED/ HSE diploma are not considered. While scholarships may be awarded throughout the year, if you apply on time or early, you have a better chance of earning a scholarship.

The deadline for Amigos de Pima and the Rosemont Copper scholarships is April 24, 2015.

You must enroll at Pima Community College for fall semester by Aug. 1, 2015 and for spring semester by Dec. 1, 2015. This ensures that you will receive your award before the payment drop date. If you withdraw from classes during the semester, your scholarship will not be refunded to you and you will not be eligible to receive a scholarship in the next semester.

If you are receiving other financial aid, such as student loans, federal Pell grants or Pima County One-Stop or JobPath funding, you may be limited in the amount of scholarships you can receive. Please see a Pima Community College Financial Aid advisor for assistance.

Carefully Complete the Application

  • Complete the entire application. If you do not have an answer for a required field, type N/A.
  • After you have completed the application, go to "Apply for Scholarships" to see a list of scholarships for which you may qualify. Please read the criteria for each scholarship carefully and be sure to answer any additional essay questions that may be required.
  • Have someone else read your essays before you submit the application. It is important to proof for typos, spelling or grammatical errors and to evaluate your essays for readability, completeness and organization. You can type your answers in Word, then cut and paste them into the online application.
  • Know your academic plans before starting. Many applications ask if you are pursuing an associate's degree or a certificate, or if you are completing prerequisites for a professional field (architecture, law, medicine) or the curriculum to transfer to an Arizona university, AGEC. You will qualify for more scholarships if you answer yes to one of those questions.
  • When given a choice of degrees and majors, if yours is not listed choose "Other Degree/Major Not Listed."
  • If you have a double major, select only one. Where the application asks you to describe your educational plans, you can write about your double major there.
  • If you are a current PCC student, the application will ask you for your Student Grade Status and Earned Credits. If you have completed 0-27 credits at PCC, enter freshman as your Grade Status; if you have completed 28 or more, enter sophomore.
  • Mail your most recent unofficial transcripts (high school or college) or a copy of your GED or HSE diploma to PCCF, 4905C E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson AZ 85709-1320, or fax it to 520-206-4648 by May 29, 2015.

Answer Questions Completely
You should describe how the scholarship will aid you in completing your education. Will it help you as you support a family or yourself? Will it give you confidence to continue? Are you the first in your family to attend college? You don't need to provide many personal details, but enough to show how it would make a difference to you.

Detail why you are attending PCC and what you hope to accomplish. Explain what career you want to enter using your PCC education. Describe your long-term goals, and relate how a scholarship will help you get there.

Characterize yourself as a well-rounded student by listing your extracurricular activities. Describe one that is most meaningful to you. Some scholarships will require an additional essay.

The Selection Process
The Scholarship Committee, which is comprised of representatives from each PCC campus, the Office of Financial Aid, the PCC Foundation and community members, reviews applications.

If you are chosen as a scholarship recipient for 2015-2016, you will be notified via email by July 17, 2015.

Remember that good manners are important! If you receive a scholarship,you are expected to write a note of thanks to the donor.