Scholarships can provide financial assistance to fund your education, including tuition, books and other school-related expenses. Scholarships can be merit-based, need-based and program- or career-specific, and they do not need to be paid back.
There are two types of scholarships available to WCTC students: WCTC Foundation Scholarships and external scholarships.
WCTC Foundation Scholarships
WCTC offers scholarships for students in nearly every program area, as well as specialty scholarships that benefit non-traditional students, minority students and students with disabilities.
- Nearly 70% of applicants are awarded a WCTC Foundation scholarship.
- Scholarship awards range from $250-$1,000, with the average award being $500.
- In 2020, the WCTC Foundation awarded $190,000 in scholarships to more than 360 WCTC students thanks to the generosity of our donors.
Please consider joining those already impacting the lives of our students by donating to the WCTC Foundation.
The WCTC Foundation Scholarship application is open mid-March through October 31. Priority is given to early applicants. Only one application is needed for the academic year.
- June 30: Preferred deadline for the fall semester
- October 31: Overall application for the academic year
Requirements to Apply
- Be admitted into a WCTC certificate, technical diploma or associate degree program; Undeclared students are not eligible
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Be enrolled in six or more credits for the upcoming semester (total for Term 1 and Term 2 combined)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required, however, many scholarships are based on financial need and other criteria. We recommend applying at www.fafsa.gov to enhance your chances of being awarded a scholarship.
- Sign in using your WCTC login information and complete the general application.
- You may save your work and come back later, as long as it is before the application deadline of October 31. You will not be able to access your application after that date.
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WCTC students often qualify for awards from external organizations. We encourage you to pursue all opportunities and start researching and applying for scholarships even before you’re accepted to WCTC.
Browse WCTC’s list of external scholarships and explore the free scholarship search sites listed below.
- Federal Student Aid Scholarship Page - a guide on how to find scholarships
- CollegeBoard - a database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding
- FastWEB - a personalized search with a database of 1.5 million local, national and college-specific scholarships
- FinAid.org - a comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools
- Scholarship America - has distributed more than $4.5 billion to more than 2.8 million students
- U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Search - a database of more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants and other financial aid award opportunities
External scholarships are given by donors and organizations not affiliated with WCTC. WCTC does not endorse any of these companies, organizations, services or products.
We encourage you to use caution when providing personal information. You should never have to pay or purchase products or services in order to be eligible for a scholarship. In most cases, these companies are attempting to sell software, books and other services unrelated to scholarships.
If you have concerns or negative experiences regarding any listed scholarships, please contact us at 262.691.5284 or email@example.com.
You are required to provide written notification to the WCTC Financial Aid Office of all external scholarships you receive. In some cases, these funds may be used to repay a portion of loans that you’ve already received.
If you would like to confirm that we have received your scholarship check and you know that the scholarship provider has mailed it out at least two weeks ago, you can contact us at 262.691.5284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship checks are usually made co-payable to the student and WCTC and then submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Scholarship funds are applied to your account and split equally between both semesters, unless otherwise indicated by the donor.
- If the check is made co-payable to you and WCTC, then sign the back of the check and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. Include your student ID number on the front of the check.
- If the check is made payable only to WCTC, submit it to the Financial Aid Office and include your student ID number on the front. You do not need to sign the check.
- If the check is made payable only to you, then notify the Financial Aid Office of the donor and the amount. You are not required to send the check to WCTC.
If a donor requires verification of enrollment, you may log in to your MyWCTC account and print a copy of your class schedule, or you can contact the Registration Office at 262.691.5578.
If a student has been awarded an external scholarship and the donor plans on sending the check directly to WCTC, please include:
- Student name
- Student ID number
- Semester for which the scholarship is to be awarded
- Any specific guidelines for disbursement
Checks should be made out to WCTC. Mail scholarships checks to:
WCTC, 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072
ATTN: SCHOLARSHIPS – Dee Dee Wallace.
Please note that we only publish opportunities from donors located within the state of Wisconsin. Donors outside of Wisconsin who seek to create a scholarship specifically for WCTC students should contact the WCTC Foundation.
Be Thorough and Accurate
Incomplete applications do not best represent you. Treat the application like an exam; for each area you leave blank, points may be deducted.
Tell Your Story
This can often be the most important part of the entire application process. Use your responses to the essay questions to share your personal story and show the reviewer that you are a “good investment.” Scholarships are funded by individuals and local companies who are looking to invest in your success and in the future of our community. The application is your opportunity to share your educational and career plans with the reviewer and make the case why you deserve the scholarship award more so than the next applicant.
Pay Attention to Grammar and Spelling
- Type your essays in a Word processor first to help you identify grammar and spelling errors.
- Visit the Writing Center or review your application with an instructor, friend or family member.
These can really help boost your application. Be sure to reach out to your references in advance for their approval. Ask those who can positively attest to your character and commitment. It is always good to have at least one academic and one employment reference.
Don’t wait until the last day to apply. Students often encounter technical or personal issues that prevent them from submitting the application on time which results in missing the deadline.
Work directly with the scholarship coordinator for questions or clarity.