The 2020-2021 WCCF scholarship application has closed
Scholarship awards for the 2020-21 academic year are in process. Awards will be announced mid-May through early July by email exclusively. Please check back in January 2021 to apply for scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The WCC Foundation offers over $330,000 in scholarship opportunities to Whatcom Community College students. Awards typically range from $750 to $5,500 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Contact WCCF at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Whatcom Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, genetic information or age in its programs and activities. WCC publications are available in alternate formats upon request.
Frequently Asked Questions
WCC Foundation scholarships are available to students who will attend Whatcom during the 2020-2021 academic year (Summer 2020—Spring 2021). While there are some scholarships with specific criteria, most of our awards are available to any student in good academic standing, including full and part time students, Running Start students, and international students. Last year around 70% of our applicants were offered a scholarship.
WCC Foundation offers over 80 individual scholarships in addition to our general scholarship fund. Students can apply for all these opportunities using the General Scholarship Application. The general application is the only application for WCCF scholarships. You do not need to research individual scholarships or apply for them individually—we do this part for you. We will contact you if we need additional information after you submit your application.
- There are three required essays (150 words or less). The essay questions help the application review committee get a sense of who you are and your future goals.
- You will need to upload an unofficial copy of your latest transcript to the application. You can obtain this from your WCC account or check with an advisor.
- One letter of recommendation is required. Please give your letter writer two weeks to prepare a thoughtful letter.
The application for 2020-2021 WCC Foundation scholarships will open January 14. In the meantime, we recommend that you request a letter of recommendation and get started on your essay responses. These are the essay questions you will be asked to respond to in the application:
- Please describe why you decided to attend college and what your goals are for the future. (150 word maximum).
- In thinking about your life experiences, describe a meaningful or difficult experience you have had. What made it meaningful or difficult? How did it affect you? What did you learn? (150 word maximum).
- Please describe your commitments and activities beyond school. This could include work, family commitments, extracurricular activities, and involvement in community service. Some examples include participation in campus clubs, volunteering in your child's school, and other volunteer or work experience that demonstrates your work ethic and commitment to the community. (150 word maximum).
- Please list any honors or awards you have received. If you haven't received any, share what you consider your most significant accomplishment. (Optional; 150 word maximum).
The most important parts of your application are your personal essays and your letter of recommendation. Reviewers are looking to see that you are serious about your goals at WCC, that you can persist in your education when challenged, and that a scholarship will be an investment in your success. The easiest ways for you to be successful are to:
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- Make sure that your letter of recommendation has been submitted.
- Check your email. We will notify you throughout the application process if we need additional information from you, and all award decisions will be announced via email.
- Go to the Writing Center. The Writing Center is an excellent resource, whether you need help with brainstorming and organizing your thoughts or finalizing your language. Essays do not need to be perfect, but reviewers can tell when applicants have put thought in to their responses.
You can either upload a letter of recommendation into your application, or you can send a request to your recommender using the “Letter of Recommendation” tab in the application. Add your recommender’s contact information and click the “Send Request” button. This will send an email to your recommender with a link for them to upload the letter directly into the application.
If you or your recommender have any issues with this, please contact the Foundation. Be sure to request your letter of recommendation as soon as possible to give your recommender time to write a thoughtful letter.
The majority of our scholarship awards are announced in late May and June. All of our award notifications are made via email. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified at the email listed on your application.
Please note that SEECRS recipients will be notified separately by the SEECRS program committee.
The WCC Foundation works with Whatcom’s Financial Aid Office to disburse scholarship payments. Once you have completed the instructions included in your award notification email, the Foundation will notify Financial Aid and they will process your scholarship. Financial Aid applies funds to tuition and fees first and remaining credit balances are provided to students via one of three BankMobile (formerly Higher One) disbursement methods. Please contact Financial Aid if you have questions about how to receive your scholarship.
Your scholarship award is based on your enrollment at 9 or more credits each quarter for three quarters of the 2020-2021 academic year. If you plan to take fewer than nine credits per quarter, or do not plan to enroll for three quarters, please contact us at email@example.com to request a prorated disbursement.