TCC Women’s Center STEM Promise program

Science, technology and engineering are where the jobs are. Pursue your degree at TCC and graduate without paying tuition!

Demand for workers with skills in higher paying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as the STEM fields, is expected to continue to outpace demand for non-STEM workers over the next decade, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Take advantage of opportunities in fields like engineering and information technology at Tidewater Community College!

TCC and the TCC Women’s Center are proud to announce a new scholarship designed to boost the number of degrees in science, technology and engineering awarded to women and minority students: The TCC Women’s Center STEM Promise Program.

The TCC STEM Promise Program awards 20 scholarships each year to qualifying students. The scholarship pays tuition and fees for 2 full academic years at TCC.

Why a STEM Promise program?

STEM educators and employers agree that a diverse talent pool is vital if we are to create the technologies we need today and tomorrow to improve lives, ensure national security and grow our economy. Yet, 84% of the science and engineering workforce is white or Asian male.

U.S. colleges are trying to address a persistent challenge: How to create a larger and more diverse STEM workforce pipeline.

It’s a huge problem. TCC is doing its part by establishing the Women’s Center STEM Promise Scholarship Program.

What does the scholarship provide?

Twenty students a year will be awarded 2-year scholarships to pursue STEM degrees at TCC – degrees that will take them directly into their careers or to a 4-year college to complete a bachelor’s degree.

The TCC Women’s Center STEM Promise Program pays the full cost of tuition and fees for up to 2 years. You will graduate having paid $0 in tuition, ready to enter a career or to transfer to a 4-year college!

You'll enjoy TCC's smaller class sizes and interaction with professors who are interested in your success.

You'll also receive specialized support from dedicated advisors and STEM career exploration and mentoring from the TCC Women's Center.

Where can you go?

TCC has guaranteed transfer agreements with top 4-year universities. Here are just a few:

  • Old Dominion University
  • Regent University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • George Mason University

Visit our Transfer Agreements page for more

Programs of study

Scholarship recipients must be willing to enroll as full-time students in one of these programs. Programs were included based on low enrollments of women and minority students and capacity to accept more students.


How do I keep my eligibility for the scholarship?

Academic performance will be reviewed at the end of each semester. Awardees must maintain full-time status and an overall GPA of 3.0 at TCC to receive the scholarship in successive semesters. They must also participate in Women’s Center programming that supports and enhances pursuit of STEM careers.

Do I have to pay back the money after I graduate?

No! The TCC Women’s Center STEM Promise Scholarship is a grant, which you do not have to pay back.

Why is it a Women’s Center scholarship?

Dr. Alexsandria ManrovThe program is funded by a bequest from the Estate of Alexsandria Manrov in honor of her late daughter, Dr. Alexandria Manrov, who taught science at TCC for many years. The bequest was given with the stipulation that it would be used for the benefit of the Women’s Center and the students it serves.

What is the TCC Women’s Center?

Our Women’s Center offers comprehensive, specialized services to educate, empower, enhance and engage women so they can define, pursue and achieve their academic and personal goals. Its programs and services are open to all students, regardless of gender.

Can men apply for the scholarship?

Yes, anyone can apply for the TCC Women’s Center STEM Promise Scholarship. Tidewater Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in its programs or activities.

What campus will I be at?

The eligible associate degree programs are mainly on the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake campuses. Students can take their general education courses at any TCC campus.

Can current TCC students apply for the scholarship?

Anyone can apply. However, the scholarship is intended for students just beginning a 2-year program.

Does the scholarship pay for textbooks, supplies and equipment?

The scholarship applies to tuition and fees. Students who have unmet need and are eligible for federal or state financial aid may receive grants to cover other expenses.

How do I apply for the TCC Women’s Center STEM Promise Program?

You submit your application through Academic Works (our online scholarship portal) during the application period, which runs from November to March each year.

Before applying for the scholarship, you must apply for admission and be accepted to TCC. Additionally, you should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before submitting your scholarship application.

How will I know if I have received the scholarship?

Scholarship award notices are sent out during the month of April to recipients’ TCC student email accounts. You can also log in to your Academic Works account at any time and review the Award Information section for the most up-to-date scholarship status.

Do I have to accept my scholarship by a specific deadline?

Yes. Students have approximately two weeks to accept the scholarship in Academic Works after being offered the award. If you do not accept the STEM Promise Program scholarship within the specified time frame in your award letter, it may be revoked or cancelled.

What other scholarship and financial aid options are available?

The first step to qualify for any financial aid money (grants, loans, and other scholarships) is to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We also recommend exploring scholarship opportunities available through local civic and professional organizations, employers, businesses, and national scholarship searches.

TCC offers a variety of other scholarships through its Educational Foundation. Those scholarships are listed in Academic Works.

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