Private scholarships for educational expenses may be obtained through a wide variety of outside sources. Students in search of scholarships to pay for college may find some of the links below useful.


The Whatcom Community College Foundation

2018-2019 WCC Foundation and SEECRS scholarships applications are due February 26th.

WCC Foundation awards more than $300,000 to Whatcom students each year thanks to contributions from the community. Students can apply for All WCC Foundation scholarships and the SEECRS program through a single application. 

Apply on the Foundation's scholarship page.

Local Scholarships

Whatcom Community Foundation

Whatcom Women in Business
Whatcom County women // Deadline: March 31st, 2018 // 4 awards of $4,000

Hearthstone Housing Scholarship Fund
Hearthstone resident // Deadline: March 31st, 2018 // awards from $500-$5000

State Scholarships

The has numerous scholarships that are currently open and the deadline for many of these scholarships is March 1st, 2018. Please click here for more detailed information.

The Dream.US Scholarship for Washington State Community College Graduates
WA community college graduates scholarship opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree at:
University of Washington – Seattle Campus and Eastern Washington University
Awards of to $7,250 per year. The total maximum award $14,500.
Deadline: March 1st, 2018

Sign up with to set up your profile for Washington scholarships. Helpful tips to signing up video #1, video #2, video #3.

American Indian Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria: Completed 2018-2019 FAFSA, need based, social and culture ties to an American Indian tribe or community, full-time enrollment (12+ credits), be a Washington State resident, intend to use education to benefit the American Indian community.
Multiple scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000, renewable.
Deadline: February 1, 2018.

College Success Foundation of Washington State
• These scholarships require a filed FAFSA or WASFA application.
• Deadline for filing for these scholarships is February 28, 2018.

CSF -WA State Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth
Eligibility criteria: Foster youth or place in federally recognized care, minimum of a 2.0 GPA, full-time enrollment (12+ credits). Resided in Washington State for at least 3 academic years prior to graduating from high school or obtaining a GED.
40 to 50 new scholarships each year ranging from $2000 to $4000, renewable.

CSF -Leadership 1000 Scholarship
Eligibility criteria: Need based, minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA, full-time enrollment (12+ credits). Scholarship recipients also receive academic, financial literacy, and social and emotional support to ensure graduation.
Multiple scholarships ranging from $1500 to $5,000, renewable.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Need based, pursing an eligible high demand major in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care.
Eligibility Criteria: Completed 2018-2019 FAFSA or WASFA, be a Washington State resident, received a diploma or GED from a Washington State institution, half-time enrollment (6+ credits), minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
Multiple scholarships up to $22,500, renewable.
Deadline; February 28, 2018.

Building Industry of Washington
BIAW Education Program Scholarship
Washington state residents pursuing construction industry related field of study.
Awards are up to $10,000 and can be re-applied for. Deadline May 4, 2018. can help students plan and prepare for community college completion and transfer, as well as access to over $37 million in transfer scholarships.

Washington State Fair Foundation
Fair Chance Scholarship // Deadline: February 19th, 2018 // 14 awards of $3,000
Other scholarship opportunities available with one application.

Washington Center for Nursing Scholarships, Loans, and Grants
Healthcare // Deadlines: varies // Amounts: varies

Washington Women in Need (WWIN):
Is a nonprofit organization that provides education and health care grants to low-income women in Washington State. This March a number of Education Grants will be open to qualifying women across Washington. Grantees will receive up to $5,000 over a one-year period, which can be used for tuition and required books. The application will be opened from March 1st – March 31st, 2018.


National Scholarships

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TheDREAM.US National Scholarship for DREAMers
For high school graduates or community college graduates.
If you do not have DACA or TPS you can still apply if you meet the Immigration eligibility criteria.
Renewable awards up to $14,500 for an associates degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree.
Deadline: March 1st, 2018

Cobell Scholarship Program
Member of a US Federally Recognized Tribe
Merit Based and Need based // Deadlines: March 31, 2018 // Awards vary from $1,000 to $5,000

SallieMae -Scholarship Search -College Answer feature over 600,000 scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, internships, and fellowships.

College Board Scholarship Search - Locate scholarship and other information that matches your educational level, talents, and background.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Asian American and/or Pacific Islander //Deadlines: varies // Amount: varies

Medical Assistant Scholarships and Grants
Medical Assisting // Deadlines: varies // Amounts: varies

Funding your Nursing School Education
Nursing // Deadlines: varies //  Amount: varies

The Scholarship Guide for Single Parents
General // Deadlines: varies // Amount: varies

Scholarships for African American Students
Multiple scholarships // Deadlines: varies // Amount: varies

Resources & Expert Advice for LGBTQ College Students
Multiple Scholarships // Deadlines: Varies // Amounts varies

College Scholarships for LGTBQ Students
Multiple Scholarships // Deadlines: Varies // Amounts varies

Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
Multiple scholarships // Deadlines: varies // Amount: varies

Scholarship Guide for Women
Multiple scholarships // Deadlines: varies // Amount: varies

Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
Multiple scholarships // Deadlines: varies // Amount: varies

Financial Aid for Minority Students
General // Deadline: varies // Amount: varies

Transgender College Student College Guide
Multiple Scholarships // Deadlines: Varies // Amounts varies

Scholarship Opportunities for LGBTQ Students
Multiple Scholarships // Deadlines: Varies // Amounts varies

Scholarships for Nursing Students

Nursing // Deadlines: varies // Amount: varies

Gloria & Joseph Mattera National Scholarship for Migrant Children
Need Based // Deadline: Ongoing // $150-$500

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program
Need Based; Women; Abuse Survivor // Deadline: Ongoing // Amount: varies

***This information is provided for informational purposes only. Inclusion does not constitute endorsement nor affiliation. Whatcom Community College cannot guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, nor is the College responsible for the content in any of the external sites or sources of information. It is critical that students verify information, particularly where deadlines are concerned.