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 the end of May. 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, AAUW Tucson and AAUW Green Valley end earlier so pay close attention to the deadlines.
You must enroll at Pima Community College for fall semester by Aug. 1 and for spring semester by Dec. 1. 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 the scholarship 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
- Your personal information is imported from your student file. If any of the information is incorrect you can correct it in either MyPima or the Admissions office.
- After you have completed the essays for the general application a list of recommended opportunities will present themselves if you meet the criteria, these are called "Apply-to" opportunities. You will also be "Auto-Matched" to opportunities because of certain qualifiers in your personal student record, such as program of study and GPA. This is why it is critical to put time and effort into your essays.
- 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.
- If you have a double major make sure you state that in your essays since the program will only list one program of study.
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.
Consider a length of about 300-400 words giving specifics and details about your goals, needs and experiences for each question.
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 PCC campuses, the Office of Financial Aid, the PCC Foundation and community members, reviews applications.
If you are chosen as a scholarship recipient, you will be notified via email.
Remember that good manners are important! If you receive a scholarship,you are expected to write a note of thanks to the donor.