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There’s still time to apply for scholarships and get money for school

A TCC Student

TCC offers a variety of program-specific scholarship opportunities, including unique awards geared towards students studying fields like automotive technology, engineering, culinary arts, and early childhood education!

Nate Parker and Omar Lezcano at the Regional Automotive Center.

Nate Parker and Omar Lezcano never met Jordan McNair, but they are grateful for his life and passion for Hondas. They were the inaugural recipients of the Jordan McNair Memorial Honda PACT Scholarship, sponsored by Priority Automotive. The $12,000 scholarship covers half the cost of tuition for two students in the Honda PACT program for two years.

“I never thought I’d go to school, but once I saw this facility with the instructional bays and vehicles, I knew I was supposed to be here,” Lezcano said. “The program has fast-tracked me at my work and been a great experience.” Lezcano credits the Honda program with increasing his knowledge “through the roof” and providing opportunities even before graduation.

It’s not too late to apply for a variety of scholarships in automotive and diesel technology, including:

  • Carter Machinery Company and Caterpillar, Inc.’s Diesel Technology Scholarship
  • David Aldridge Memorial Scholarship (Toyota T-TEN)
  • Ford ASSET Scholarship
  • Hampton Roads Automobile Dealers Association Scholarship
  • NAPA Auto Care Annual Expendable Scholarship
  • Tidewater Area Fleet Manager’s Association Scholarship

Students can also find scholarship opportunities in STEM.

Ramon Veal, a Daniel C. Pettway Scholarship recipient, originally came to TCC to study music, but after experimenting with engineering classes, he fell in love with mechanical engineering technology. 

Ramon Veal poses with the STEM Club robot.

“The scholarship has made a difference,” Veal said. “This funding has helped fill the gaps from my grant money and allowed me to buy my supplies and books,” he said. “It’s been a boost for my self-esteem. Knowing someone notices that I’m doing something good and wants to help me go even further? That’s cool!”

There are dozens of other program-specific scholarship opportunities available, including the Ann Peele Ambrose Scholarship, established for Administrative Support Technology students at the Portsmouth Campus, the Norfolk LOGISTXGAMES Scholarship, for students pursuing course work related to the logistics and warehousing industry, the TIFSEA C-CAP Scholarship, for students in the culinary arts or hospitality management program, and the Suffolk Smart Beginnings Early Childhood Development Scholarship, which supports Suffolk residents studying early childhood education.

We even offer an Electronics Engineering Scholarship for high school students pursuing dual enrollment course work in electronics!

How to apply

Interested in these or other scholarships? The time to apply is now! Scholarship applications are accepted through Nov. 15.

Start by completing the 2019-20 FAFSA, which determines your eligibility for financial aid. Find the FAFSA online at List TCC as your school of choice by using the code 003712.

If you already have an active FAFSA on file you do not need to submit a second one.

Sign in to the scholarship application system using your myTCC log-in and password. From there, it’s just a matter of browsing scholarship opportunities and applying for ones that fit you best!