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Types of Scholarships

PCC Institutional Scholarships

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About: Pima’s Earn to Learn Scholarship - Established in 2013, Earn to Learn operates the largest and most successful matched-savings scholarship program in the nation. Earn to Learn combines scholarships, financial education and college success coaching to help low- and moderate-income students graduate from college with little or no student loan debt. Eligible students who save up to $500 and are admitted to PCC are eligible for matching funds of up to $4,000 to pay for tuition, fees and school-related expenses, an $8-to-$1 match.

The program is open to both current and new students who will be enrolled at PCC in Fall 2021. Beyond income-qualification, Earn to Learn Scholars must complete financial literacy training and the 2021-22 FAFSA. Students also are expected to complete 30 credits by the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Students who transfer from Pima can remain in Earn to Learn if they attend one of the state’s three public universities. A student may be part of the Earn to Learn program for up to four years.

The Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Scholarship Application period has closed. 


Deadline: April 18, 2021

About: Application for the 2021-2022 academic year is open! – Awarded to Pima County graduating seniors who graduate with a 3.5 GPA or better, or GED average test score of 165 or higher. Students must show on their application they have experience with leadership and/or community service. You must be a resident of Pima County, eligible for general (in-state) tuition, and have not already received another tuition waiver or similar form of aid. Students must be enrolled at PCC for the Fall semester immediately following high school graduation.

Deadline: April 18, 2021

About: Application for the 2021-2022 academic year is open! - Awarded to new and returning PCC students that are Pima county residents, and have achieved success both academically and civically. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher at their most recently attended school, and must submit documentation of already completed community service/volunteer work.

About: Awarded to Pima County residents who have recently completed their GED, between 7/1/17 and 6/30/20. Eligible applicants must have completed their GED with an average test score of 145 or higher. Applicants do not need to be a resident of Pima County; however, Pima County residents are given preference. Applicants must not have already received another tuition waiver or similar form of aid. Students must be enrolled at PCC for the Fall 2020 semester.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a GED with an average test score of 145 or higher and cannot accept another tuition waiver or other form of aid.

About: The All-USA Academic Team seeks to honor outstanding students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to hold up as representatives of all outstanding students enrolled in associate degree/certificate programs.  

PCC Deadline: Closed for consideration at PCC (The PCC All-USA Academic Team submission deadline was November 16, 2020 by 5pm.)

  • In order to participate and be considered by PCC as an All-USA Academic Team nominee you must submit your application by the PCC deadline of November 16, 2020 by 5pm (AZ Time), no exceptions.  Please note that PTK has a different deadline for submission that is after November 16, 2020.  However,  you will not be considered as a nominee if you submit after PCC's internal deadline.

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following requirements.

  • Be enrolled through December 2020 in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours [or nine (9) quarter credit hours] of associate degree, college-level coursework at the time of application.
  • Hold a minimum of a 3.50 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0 on all college-level coursework completed in the past five years.
    • Include all transcripts, fall 2015 – present.
    • GPA is evaluated at the time of application, and no courses can be marked as incomplete. Student must maintain a 3.50 or higher GPA through the fall 2020 semester to remain eligible.
  • Be on track to earn an associate or a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent of a U.S. associate or bachelor's degree).[1]
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 36 semester (or 54 quarter) college‐level credit hours completed at or transferred into an associate degree or certificate program by December 31, 2020, and 48 semester (or 72 quarter) college‐level credit hours by August 31, 2021.[2]
    • To be considered for the Coca‐Cola Academic Team, the student must be enrolled at least part‐time at a college for the fall 2021 semester. Proof of enrollment will be requested.
    • To be considered for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship, the student must be enrolled at least part-time at a college for the fall 2021 semester. Proof of enrollment will be requested.
    • To be considered for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship, the student should be entering the workforce prior to fall 2021 after completing a certificate or associate degree.
  • Not have previously been nominated for the All‐USA Academic Team or the Coca‐Cola Academic Team.
  • Hold permanent or temporary residency in the country of the college the student is attending or possess a visa considered appropriate by the college. Please see the help article or application for acceptable documents verifying proof of citizenship.
    • Students who attend a college in the United States do not need to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa.
    • Students attending colleges outside of the United States need to be members of Phi Theta Kappa and may only apply for the New Century Pathway Scholarship programs.
  • Have a college record free of suspension, probation or other serious disciplinary action.
  • Not have a criminal record, or if a convicted felon, must have all conditions of sentencing, including parole/probation, completed.

Apply here (PTK login is required): PTK Competitive Scholarships

Questions: If you have questions about the All-USA Academic Team scholarship application you may contact Kyley Segers, Honors Program Coordinator, at

Current Listing of PCC Instituitional and Foundation Scholarships

To view a list of currently open scholarships now accepting applications visit

PCC Foundation Scholarships

Pima alumni and other generous donors throughout Arizona create and contribute to a variety of scholarships. Programs change by semester. You can apply now for current offerings through Pima’s Scholarship Portal ScholarshipUniverse.

External Scholarships

Pima’s Scholarship Portal lists Pima, Pima Foundation, and many local and national scholarships for which you can apply. We suggest beginning your search with regional/local scholarships, as there’s less competition, and then broadening to national scholarships.

Outside donor scholarship funds are available through community groups, organizations and companies throughout the state of Arizona. We suggest you ask about scholarships from your employer, your parents’ employer, your church, your bank, any other club or organization you are involved in.

If you are awarded a scholarship from an external donor, your funds will be sent either to Pima or to you.

Scholarship checks should be made payable to Pima Community College and reference the recipient’s name(s) and student ID number(s) at the bottom of the check. Note: making checks co-payable between the student and the college will delay disbursement of the scholarship funds to the student’s account.

Please mail all scholarship checks and the completed Scholarship Designation Form to:

(Please note the mailing address has changed effective July 30, 2020. Do not mail any scholarship checks to any other PCC campus locations because it will delay the process.) 

Pima Community College
Attn: Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS)
4905 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85709-1110

Fax: (520) 206-4566

Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to be processed and applied to student account balances.  Scholarship disbursements may occur one day prior to the start of the term. For specific disbursement dates visit the Disbursements and Refunds page.

More information

  • If funds are sent to Pima, the Scholarship Office will be notified before the funds are sent to Financial Aid and posted to your account.
  • For awards sent to you directly, you may deposit the check in your account, and you must report the aid to the Financial Aid Office.
  • For any award made out to both you and Pima, you must endorse the check and turn it into the Scholarship Office to be posted to your account. This takes around 5-10 days. 

If you are a student recipient of a non-PCC scholarship, contact the scholarship donor to verify that the funds have been mailed to PCC. If your donor says the funds have been sent to PCC, please call the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at at 520.206.4950, or email

Check back on a regular basis as scholarships are always added to this page. Continue your scholarship search on the Scholarship Searches page. 

Applying for scholarships

Before applying to anything, be aware that some scholarship offers are scams. We’ve created a list of Scholarship resources and tips to help in your application process. 

Scholarship questions

If you are a recipient of a Pima scholarship, please check ScholarshipUniverse to verify the award status. You may also check your Financial Aid page in MyPima to see if the award is pending or if it has been disbursed.

For additional questions, please contact

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