TCCC Institutional Scholarships

TCCC offers a variety of scholarships to students ranging from $250 to $2,500. Many of these scholarships are made possible by the generous donations of local individuals and businesses. A student’s scholarship file must be complete by June 08, 2023 to be considered for any and all scholarships sponsored by TCCC.

To apply for TCCC’s scholarships, interested applicants must submit:

The following is a partial list of recent scholarships and donors.

  • Dallas McMillan Endowment Scholarship
  • Dr. F. David Slagle Memorial Scholarship
  • Dysart/Oliphant Scholarship
  • Franklin Barnett Memorial Rotary Scholarship
  • Gayle West Scholarship, sponsored by West Contracting, Inc.
  • Georgia Baxter SGA Summit Scholarship
  • Janet Crisp Kernea Memorial Scholarship
  • MOOG Components Group Scholarship
  • Rachel Rogers Memorial Scholarship
  • Ruth Star Pullium Scholarship, sponsored by the Konnaheeta Women’s Club
  • S & B Enterprises, LLC
  • State Employees’ Credit Union Community College Scholarships
  • Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise Endowed Scholarship
  • Tri-County Community College Foundation Endowment
  • Tri-County Community College Foundation Excellence Award

Non-Institutional Scholarships

Golden LEAF Scholars Program - Available to degree-seeking students for tuition, fees, and related expenses. Scholarship is need and merit based and will be prorated each semester if the student is not enrolled full-time. If a student fails to enroll, the remaining funds will be awarded to another eligible student. The scholarship may be renewed for one year if the student meets eligibility criteria. Applicant must be a NC resident, reside in a rural county that is tobacco dependent, or economically distressed as determined by the Golden LEAF Foundation, have a current FAFSA application submitted to Dept. of Education, must complete the scholarship application (including signature and date), include “unofficial” most current transcript with application, and submit to the Financial Aid Office. Submit your application at the Harper Building on the main campus or the Shope Building at the Graham County Center.
Application Deadline - October 31, 2023
Download Application

Golden LEAF OE Scholars Program - Available to Occupational Education (non-curriculum education) students. Scholarship funds are limited to tuition, books, fees, supplies and other related costs including transportation. Eligible students must demonstrate a need and be enrolled in a Workforce Continuing Education (WCE) pathways/courses offered at least 96 hours or more and leading to a State or industry-recognized credential. Applicant must be a NC resident, reside in a rural county that is tobacco dependent, or economically distressed as determined by the Golden LEAF Foundation, and meet one of the following criteria: currently unemployed, has received notification of a pending layoff, working and is eligible for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit, or working and earning wages at or below two hundred percent (200%) of the federal poverty guidelines. Applicant must complete the scholarship application (including signature and date). Submit your application at the Harper Building on the main campus or the Shope Building at the Graham County Center.
Application Deadline - October 31, 2023
Download Application

Golden Leaf Scholarship for Students Attending Public Universities & Private Colleges & Universities - The Golden LEAF Scholars Program is designed to assist current high school seniors and North Carolina community college transfer students. Recipients must be from certain rural counties, demonstrate both financial need and merit, and plan to attend participating North Carolina colleges and universities. The scholarship is funded by the Golden LEAF Foundation through a grant to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The number of years of scholarship support depends on the degree sought and the number of credits transferred. To apply, visit the page found at the following LINK.

SECU Bridge to Career Program Scholarship Application - In 2018, SECU Foundation introduced the SECU Bridge to Career Program. This program is available to all 58 North Carolina Community Colleges. Designed to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to obtain state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials that lead to sustainable wage careers within their local communities, SECU Bridge to Career Program will fund $500 scholarships to be awarded to eligible students at each of the 58 NC Community College campuses.

SECU Bridge to Career Program will focus on assisting unemployed and underemployed adults, military veterans, and members of the National Guard with marketable job skills that lead to sustainable wage careers within their local communities. Participants must be enrolled in either a CNA/Nurse Aid or Truck Driving program that leads to a state recognized, or industry supported credential. Interested candidates should contact Beth Thomason, Educational Navigator, at 828-835-4238 - APPLY HERE - DEADLINE December 1, 2021

SECU - Continuing Education Scholarship
The SECU Foundation established a Continuing Education Scholarship Program to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to gain new and/or upgrade current job-related skills. SECU Foundation has agreed to provide six (6) $500 scholarships to each North Carolina Community College.  Tri-County Community College will split the scholarships up and disburse these during the fall and spring semesters.

To be considered for this scholarship program, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a North Carolina resident living in the college’s service area.
  •  Be in one of the following target groups: unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed & underemployed adults, member of the NC National Guard, or military veterans & spouses. Note: Underemployed will be defined as individuals earning 200% below the federal poverty level.  Preference will be given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.
  • Be enrolled in a short-term training program that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential that is offered through Continuing Education.
  • Not be a Director, employee or family member of an employee of the State Employees’ Credit Union or SECU Foundation.

Goodnight Scholars Program
NC State’s Largest Full-Tuition Scholarship program. The Goodnight Scholars Program prepares North Carolina's top STEM talent to become transformational leaders at NC State University, in North Carolina, and in the world.

The Goodnight Scholars Program was created to assist low- and middle-income families in North Carolina with the financial obligations of college, while providing enriching and meaningful programming to prepare them for successful careers in STEM and STEM education. Interested in becoming a Goodnight Scholar? Click here to learn more about the program and how to apply.

O'Berry Scholarship -$1000- Would you like a $1,000 to go towards your college education? If you meet our criteria, we may have a scholarship for you! OBCF is offering $1,000 scholarships to four students entering college or already in college who have the intent to work in careers that help the developmentally disabled.  See our requirements and additional information at:
Deadline to Apply April 15, 2022 - APPLY HERE

GEER Scholarship The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Scholarship Program provides scholarships for eligible community college workforce continuing education students pursuing high-demand workforce training programs. Eligible students applying for this Scholarship must reside in North Carolina. The scholarship helps cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, credentialing tests, transportation, childcare, and other components of the total cost of attendance.

Be sure to check back during the Fall semester if any of the above scholarship deadlines have passed.

Search for other scholarships:

Financial Aid Disbursement Dates

Financial aid refunds are disbursed to currently enrolled students AFTER attendance is monitored each semester. TCCC will transfer each student’s remaining funds to BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank, approximately four to five weeks after the first day of classes each semester. BankMobile will apply each student’s refund to his/her selected refund preference. Students enrolled in classes that start later in the semester will receive refunds at a later date using the same disbursement method above. For information about BankMobile, please visit BankMobile

Multiple Class Sessions - Students who register for four and eight week class sessions during each semester and receive financial aid will not receive funding for these classes until approximately 4-5 weeks after they have begun. According to Federal/State guidelines, students cannot receive Federal/State funds for classes until those classes have begun and class attendance has been taken. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office.

© 2021 Tri-County Community College. All Rights Reserved.