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Types of Scholarships

PCC Institutional Scholarships

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The Spring 2022 Scholarship Application deadline was April 30, 2021. For future application dates please visit

About: Pima’s Earn to Learn Scholarship - Established in 2013, Earn to Learn operates the largest and most successful matched-savings scholarship program in the nation. Earn to Learn combines scholarships, financial education and college success coaching to help low- and moderate-income students graduate from college with little or no student loan debt. Eligible students who save up to $500 and are admitted to PCC are eligible for matching funds of up to $4,000 to pay for tuition, fees and school-related expenses, an $8-to-$1 match.

The program is open to both current and new students who will be enrolled at PCC in Spring 2022. Beyond income-qualification, Earn to Learn Scholars must complete financial literacy training and the 2021-22 FAFSA. Students also are expected to complete 15 credits by the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Students who transfer from Pima can remain in Earn to Learn if they attend one of the state’s three public universities. A student may be part of the Earn to Learn program for up to four years.


Deadline: Closed on April 30, 2021

About: Application for the 2021-2022 academic year is now closed! – Awarded to Pima County graduating seniors who graduate with a 3.5 GPA or better, or GED average test score of 165 or higher. Students must show on their application they have experience with leadership and/or community service. You must be a resident of Pima County, eligible for general (in-state) tuition, and have not already received another tuition waiver or similar form of aid. Students must be enrolled at PCC for the Fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

Deadline: May 31, 2021

About: Application for the 2021-2022 academic year is open! - Awarded to new and returning PCC students that are Pima county residents, and have achieved success both academically and civically. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher at their most recently attended school, and must submit documentation of already completed community service/volunteer work.

Apply now at!

Deadline: May 31, 2021

About: Awarded to Pima County residents who have recently completed their GED, between 7/1/18 and 6/30/21. Eligible applicants must have completed their GED with an average test score of 145 or higher. Applicants do not need to be a resident of Pima County; however, Pima County residents are given preference. Applicants must not have already received another tuition waiver or similar form of aid. Students must be enrolled at PCC for the Fall 2021 semester.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a GED with an average test score of 145 or higher and cannot accept another tuition waiver or other form of aid.

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About: The All-USA Academic Team seeks to honor outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to hold up as representatives of all outstanding students enrolled in associate degree/certificate programs.  

PCC Deadline: Open for consideration at PCC! The PCC All-USA Academic Team submission deadline is November 15, 2021 by 5pm for consideration.  

  • In order to participate and be considered by PCC as an All-USA Academic Team nominee you must submit your application by the PCC deadline of November 15, 2021 by 5pm (AZ Time), no exceptions.  Please note that PTK has a different deadline for submission that is after November 15, 2021.  However,  you will not be considered as a nominee if you submit after PCC's internal deadline.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Be enrolled through December 2021 in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours [or nine (9) quarter credit hours] of associate degree, college-level coursework at the time of application.
  • Hold a minimum of a 3.50 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0 on all college-level coursework completed in the past five years.
    • Include all transcripts, fall 2015 – present.
    • GPA is evaluated at the time of application, and no courses can be marked as incomplete. Student must maintain a 3.50 or higher GPA through the fall 2021 semester to remain eligible.
  • Be on track to earn an associate or a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent of a U.S. associate or bachelor's degree).[1]
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 36 semester (or 54 quarter) college‐level credit hours completed at or transferred into an associate degree or certificate program by December 31, 2020, and 48 semester (or 72 quarter) college‐level credit hours by August 31, 2021.[2]
    • To be considered for the Coca‐Cola Academic Team, the student must be enrolled at least part‐time at a college for the fall 2022 semester. Proof of enrollment will be requested.
    • To be considered for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship, the student must be enrolled at least part-time at a college for the fall 2022 semester. Proof of enrollment will be requested.
    • To be considered for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship, the student should be entering the workforce prior to fall 2022 after completing a certificate or associate degree.
  • Not have previously been nominated for the All‐USA Academic Team or the Coca‐Cola Academic Team.
  • Hold permanent or temporary residency in the country of the college the student is attending or possess a visa considered appropriate by the college. Please see the help article or application for acceptable documents verifying proof of citizenship.
    • Students who attend a college in the United States do not need to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
    • Students attending colleges outside of the United States need to be members of Phi Theta Kappa and may only apply for the New Century Pathway Scholarship programs.
  • Have a college record free of suspension, probation or other serious disciplinary action.
  • Not have a criminal record, or if a convicted felon, must have all conditions of sentencing, including parole/probation, completed.

Apply here (PTK login is required): PTK Competitive Scholarships

Assistance with All-USA Application: Visit the All-USA Applicant Information for details and resources on how the application process works. If you have additional questions after reviewing the All-USA Applicant Infomration you may contact Kyley Segers, Honors Program Coordinator, at

Deadline: There are a limited number of openings available each year and interviews are scheduled as applications are received. Students should apply early for best consideration. 

About: Are you a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) student beginning your final year at Pima Community College in Fall 2021, with plans to transfer to the University of Arizona (UAZ) in Fall 2022? Are you looking for a supportive community of peers, faculty, and advisors to help you transition?

During last year at Pima

  • Scholarship up to $3500 (fall) and $4500 (spring)
  • UAZ and PCC STEM Faculty Mentor
  • UAZ STEM Peer Mentor
  • Individualized support from STEM program advisor
  • Transfer guidance and planning
  • Connection to community of STEM peers

Once at UArizona

Program structure will match that of our ASEMS Transfer program, but with the following additional benefits:

  • Scholarship of up to $5,000 per semester (up to 5 semesters)
  • Research shadowing experience
  • UAZ STEM Faculty Mentor
  • Individualized support from ASEMS Student Support Specialist

Eligibility: Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and qualify as being from a low-income household. Other eligibility restrictions apply.

Apply: Contact Aglhaen Nieto at PCC for a pre-screening to determine if you are eligible by email at or (520) 206-2216.

Deadline: August 15, 2021 (funds are limited and available on a first come first serve basis)

About: The Helios Adelante College Re-Engagement Scholarship is for individuals who graduated high school in 2020 AND are now entering college for the first time this Fall 2021.  Basically, you took a year off between high school graduation and entering college. You took a “gap year” and now there’s a scholarship opportunity available to you!

Award Amount: $1000 scholarship


  • You must be an Arizona High School graduate from the Class of 2020
  • Be entering college for the first time in Fall 2021
  • You must have completed the FAFSA Application for 2021/2022 at
  • DACA students that have a Social Security Number are required to fill out the FAFSA, however, you will not receive an EFC Number. If you are a DACA student without an SSN, you will need to provide your FAFSA4caster document
  • You must enroll in an Arizona Community College or University full or part-time, by the Fall 2021 semester

Apply: Helios College Re-Engagement Scholarship!

Questions: Contact or Betsy Munoz at College Success Arizona, by scheduling an appointment through this link:

Current Listing of PCC Institutional and Foundation Scholarships

To view a list of currently open scholarships now accepting applications visit

PCC Foundation Scholarships

Pima alumni and other generous donors throughout Arizona create and contribute to a variety of scholarships. Programs change by semester. You can apply now for current offerings through Pima’s Scholarship Portal ScholarshipUniverse.

If you would like to donate to the Pima Community College Foundation visit to learn how your gift can help our students.   

External Scholarships

Pima’s Scholarship Portal lists Pima, Pima Foundation, and many local and national scholarships for which you can apply. We suggest beginning your search with regional/local scholarships, as there’s less competition, and then broadening to national scholarships.

Outside donor scholarship funds are available through community groups, organizations and companies throughout the state of Arizona. We suggest you ask about scholarships from your employer, your parents’ employer, your church, your bank, any other club or organization you are involved in.

If you are awarded a scholarship from an external donor, your funds will be sent either to Pima or to you.

Scholarship checks should be made payable to Pima Community College and reference the recipient’s name(s) and student ID number(s) at the bottom of the check. Note: making checks co-payable between the student and the college are not accpected and will be returned to the sender.  

Please mail all scholarship checks and the completed Scholarship Designation Form to:

(Please note the mailing address has changed effective July 30, 2020. Do not mail any scholarship checks to any other PCC campus locations because it will delay the process.) 

Pima Community College
Attn: Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS)
4905 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85709-1110

Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to be processed and applied to student account balances.  Scholarship disbursements may occur one day prior to the start of the term. For specific disbursement dates visit the Disbursements and Refunds page.

More information

  • If funds are sent to Pima, the Scholarship Office will be notified before the funds are sent to Financial Aid and posted to your account.
  • For awards sent to you directly, you may deposit the check in your account, and you must report the aid to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Any scholarship checks made out to both you and Pima, Pima’s Accounts Receivable Services/Student Accounts will not accept it. The donor will have to reissue a check made payable only to Pima Community College.

If you are a student recipient of a non-PCC scholarship, contact the scholarship donor to verify that the funds have been mailed to PCC. If your donor says the funds have been sent to PCC, please call the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at at 520.206.4950, or email

Check back on a regular basis as scholarships are always added to this page. Continue your scholarship search on the Scholarship Searches page. 

Applying for scholarships

Before applying to anything, be aware that some scholarship offers are scams. We’ve created a list of Scholarship resources and tips to help in your application process. 

Scholarship questions

If you are a recipient of a Pima scholarship, please check ScholarshipUniverse to verify the award status. You may also check your Financial Aid page in MyPima to see if the award is pending or if it has been disbursed.

For additional questions, please contact

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