Scholarships: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When can I apply for scholarships through the PCC Foundation?
  2. How do I apply for scholarships offered through the PCC Foundation?
  3. Who offers scholarships through the PCC Foundation?
  4. How do I know which scholarships to apply for?
  5. Are there scholarships for out-of-state students?
  6. How often should I apply for scholarships through the PCC Foundation?
  7. What are the eligibility requirements to receive a scholarship through the PCC Foundation?
  8. How much are PCC Foundation scholarships worth?
  9. Why did I not get awarded a scholarship from the PCC Foundation?
  10. How and when will I be notified if I was selected for a scholarship from the PCC Foundation?
  11. Can I receive more than one scholarship?
  12. How can I ‘see’ my scholarship award?
  13. Are PCC Foundation scholarships automatically renewed each year?
  14. Why did I not receive the same scholarship as last year from the PCC Foundation?
  15. Are PCC Foundation scholarships available for an individual semester of study?
  16. I am graduating after fall semester; may I have the full amount in the fall?
  17. How do scholarship funds work?
  18. How are scholarships awarded?
  19. Why is my scholarship split between fall and spring?
  20. Where can I direct questions about scholarships from the PCC Foundation?

When can I apply for scholarships through the PCC Foundation?

Scholarship applications for most of our scholarships are accepted annually from Feb. 1 to April 1 for the following academic year. Several do have different application periods, though, so you can check the scholarship portal to see when they are. 

How do I apply for scholarships offered through the PCC Foundation?

Scholarship applications are available online within our Scholarship Portal. Students must use their PCC login credentials to sign into the portal and submit a scholarship application.

Who offers scholarships through the PCC Foundation?

PCC Foundation scholarships are established by many different sources, including generous individuals, organizations, businesses and civic clubs. The PCC Foundation also offers scholarships funded by our General Scholarship Fund for hundreds of new and returning students each year. Though we have many sources of scholarship funding, applications for all scholarships offered by the PCC Foundation are submitted through the online Scholarship Portal.

How do I know which scholarships to apply for?

When you complete a General Application through the Scholarship Portal, the system will automatically match you with all scholarships for which you meet the minimum qualifications. There may be some scholarships that require more information than just the General Application, such as an additional essay question. In that instance, the scholarship system will recommend those scholarships to you and prompt you to complete the additional required information. 

Are there scholarships for out-of-state students?

Yes. Many of our scholarship opportunities are open to both in-state and out-of-state students. 

How often should I apply for scholarships through the PCC Foundation?

The PCC Foundation offers a scholarship cycle each academic year. Applications are typically accepted between Feb. 1 and April 1 each year. With a few exceptions, scholarships are awarded for one academic year only and must be reapplied for each year.

What are the eligibility requirements to receive a scholarship through the PCC Foundation?

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher for PCC Foundation scholarships. Other scholarships may have more stringent GPA requirements.
  • Good standing with PCC’s Student Code of Conduct.
  • Enrolled for a minimum of nine semester hours. Some scholarships require full-time status (12 semester hours).
  • Submit an online scholarship application by April 1.
  • To qualify for need-based scholarships, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming academic year by the April 1 application deadline. You must complete the FAFSA each year you apply for scholarships. Old FAFSA applications will not be considered.
  • Specific scholarships may have additional criteria.

How much are PCC Foundation scholarships worth?

Most awards are between $500 and $1,000, but some may be for higher amounts. Funding availability is subject to change each year.

Why did I not get awarded a scholarship from the PCC Foundation?

The scholarship application process is competitive. There are far more students attending Pitt Community College than the number of scholarships available. Scholarship applications are reviewed by a committee and scored based on scholarship criteria. Those scores are then used to determine scholarship recipients.

How and when will I be notified if I was selected for a scholarship from the PCC Foundation?

If you are selected to receive a scholarship, a notice will be sent to your PCC student e-mail account. It is important to check this email account regularly. Notices for high school seniors are typically sent out in early May in time for senior award ceremonies. Current, returning and transfer students are typically notified of awards during the summer months of June and July in time for planning for fall semester.

Can I receive more than one scholarship?

Yes. It is possible that you may receive more than one scholarship. We do the best we can to make sure that scholarships are distributed to as many students as possible; however, there may be some circumstances where a student may be the best match to more than one scholarship.

How can I ‘see’ my scholarship award?

Once a scholarship is awarded to a PCC student, the award is posted to the student’s PCC account.

Are PCC Foundation scholarships automatically renewed each year?

With a couple of exceptions, PCC Foundation scholarships are awarded for one academic year only and are not renewable; however, you can reapply each year.

Why did I not receive the same scholarship as last year from the PCC Foundation?

There are several reasons why you may not receive the same scholarship as you did in a previous year or semester. Each year, new scholarships are created while a few may become inactive due to lack of funding. Some scholarships are for new students only, and a new recipient is named each year. Many scholarships require a student to meet certain criteria to continue receiving it, or in some cases, require students to reapply each year.

Are PCC Foundation scholarships available for an individual semester of study?

Yes – many scholarships awarded by the PCC Foundation are for one semester only. This is usually for the fall semester, but we do have a few that are for spring semester only.

I am graduating after fall semester; may I have the full amount in the fall?

It depends on the scholarship. Some are able to be awarded all in one semester and others are not.

How do scholarship funds work?

Scholarship funds are posted to a student’s account and reduce the amount owed to the College for tuition and fees. In some cases, the funds can be used in the PCC Student Bookstore. When the student’s account is paid in full, any excess scholarship funds are refunded to the student according to the schedule set by the Financial Aid Office.

How are scholarships awarded?

All scholarship applications are reviewed and scored by more than one person on the scholarship review committee. The scholarship system computes the average of those scores and assigns each application a final score. Those scores and the criteria established for each scholarship are used to help determine the scholarship recipients. Applications are scored on several factors including academic achievement, financial need, leadership, volunteer and community service, and how well and completely the applicant answers the open-ended questions on the scholarship application.

Why is my scholarship split between fall and spring?

Most of our scholarships are awarded for the academic year and are split evenly between fall and spring semesters. Some scholarships are intended for just one semester, in which case, the entire amount will be applied to the semester for which it was awarded.

Where can I direct questions about scholarships from the PCC Foundation?

Contact: Kim Simpkins, Scholarships Coordinator
Phone: (252) 493-7902
Email: PCCScholarships@email.pittcc.edu
On the web: https://pittcc.edu/tuition-financial-aid/financial-aid/scholarships/ and https://www.pittccfoundation.com/scholarships/.