Take the time to apply for scholarships, and your efforts could be richly rewarded. Scholarships are financial awards that do not need to be paid back. They can be merit-based, need-based and program- or career-specific.
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. Learn more about WCTC Foundation Scholarships.
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 odds of winning a scholarship and other financial aid.
Apply for WCTC Foundation scholarships by October 31. Preferred deadline for the fall semester is June 30, and priority is given to early applicants. Only one application is needed for the academic year.
Requirements to apply:
- You must complete the WCTC Admissions Application.
- You must be accepted into a program. Undeclared students are not eligible.
- You must have a 2.0 GPA or higher.
- You must be enrolled in 6 or more credits for the upcoming semester.
Have you taken a break from WCTC and have 12 credits or less to complete your associate degree or technical diploma program? You may qualify for the Destination Graduation scholarship. Find out more.
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 these free scholarship search sites:
- Federal Student Aid Scholarship Page
- Scholarship America
- U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship Search
Be aware of scholarship scams that try to convince you to use their services. Avoid applications that require fees or social security numbers. In most cases, these companies are attempting to sell software, books and other services unrelated to scholarships. Federal Student Aid offers this advice on financial aid scams.
Reporting External Scholarships to WCTC
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.
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.
- Review scholarship criteria to ensure you meet eligibility requirements before you get started. Read the entire application first and follow instructions carefully.
- Make sure the application is typed, neat and concise. Your answers should be comprehensive, well developed, clearly expressed and easy to understand.
- Use a copy of the application as a practice worksheet.
- Highlight your achievements by emphasizing good grades, club involvements, work experience and career interest.
- Provide academic background, employment history, extracurricular activities and personal statements/essays, if requested.
- Illustrate how scholarship funds will impact your education.
- File for financial aid for scholarships based on financial need.
- Include references who can speak positively to different aspects of your character (such as coaches, teachers and employers).
- Review the application for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
- Assemble the required materials and submit by deadline date.