Scholarship applications for most of our scholarships are accepted annually from February 1 to April 1 for the following academic year. Several have different application periods, so you can check the scholarship portal to see when they are.
Scholarship applications are available online through our Scholarship Portal. Students must use their PCC login credentials to sign into the portal and submit a scholarship application.
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.
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. Some scholarships may require more information than just the General Application, such as an additional essay question. In that instance, the scholarship system will recommend those scholarships and prompt you to complete the additional required information.
Yes. Many of our scholarship opportunities are open to both in-state and out-of-state students.
The PCC Foundation offers a scholarship cycle each academic year. Applications are typically accepted between February 1 and April 1 each year. With a few exceptions, scholarships are only awarded for one academic year and must be reapplied for each year.
- 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.
Most awards are between $500 and $1,000, but some may be for higher amounts. Funding availability is subject to change each year.
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.
A notice will be sent to your PCC student email account if you are selected to receive a scholarship. 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 the fall semester.
Yes, you may receive more than one scholarship. We do our best to ensure scholarships are distributed to as many students as possible; however, there may be some circumstances where a student may be the best match for more than one scholarship.
Once a scholarship is awarded to a PCC student, the award is posted to the student’s PCC account.
With a couple of exceptions, PCC Foundation scholarships are only awarded for one academic year and are not renewable; however, you can reapply each year.
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 a lack of funding. Some scholarships are for new students, and a recipient is named each year. Many scholarships require a student to meet specific criteria to continue receiving it, or in some cases, require students to reapply each year.
Yes – many scholarships awarded by the PCC Foundation are for one semester only. This is usually for the fall semester, but we have a few for the spring semester only.
It depends on the scholarship. Some can be awarded all in one semester, and others are not.
Scholarship funds are posted to a student’s account and reduce the amount owed to the College for tuition and fees. Sometimes, 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.
All scholarship applications are reviewed and scored by more than one scholarship review committee member. 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 thoroughly the applicant answers the open-ended questions on the scholarship application.
Most of our scholarships are awarded for the academic year and are split evenly between the 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.
Contact: Kim Simpkins, Scholarships Coordinator
Phone: (252) 493-7902
For More Information: pittcc.edu/tuition-financial-aid/financial-aid/scholarships/ and our Scholarship Page.