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. Numerous organizations and companies offer scholarships based on varying criteria, including intended degree, GPA or even personal hobbies and interests. We encourage all students to research and apply for scholarships, many are even available year round.

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.

Entry & Advising has created a Scholarship Resource Handbook for students searching for scholarships. Inside, students will find useful essay writing tips, scholarship opportunities from regional schools and helpful online resources.


CollegeFish transfer scholarships is a free tool for both community colleges and their students. Students can research colleges, get organized, and successfully plan and prepare for community college completion and transfer. Including access to transfer guides, college and university transfer programming, and over $37 million in transfer scholarships, CollegeFish provides a number interactive, online resources to keep students on track and support the community college staff who serve them.


Foundation scholarships

More than $125,000 is awarded to Whatcom students each year from the WCC Foundation, thanks to contributions from donors. There are both merit and need-based opportunities for awards from $200 to full tuition. The application process opens each January for scholarships funding the following academic year. Learn more on the Foundation's scholarship page.



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State financial aid for DREAMers

Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, a new state law will expand eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to non-citizens who meet the program's income and eligibility requirements in addition to:

  • Having graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED
  • Having lived in Washington for three years prior to earning the high school diploma or equivalent and continuously since
  • Signing an affidavit to file and application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply

For more information and to complete the application, visit:

External scholarships

Local Scholarships

Mt. Baker Nurses Association
Nursing // April 24 // $750

Lois Jean Roberts Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Nursing // Deadline: May 8, 2015 // $1,500

Silme Domingo & Gene Viernes Scholarship
Need Based Transfer to University of WA // Deadline: May 18th 2015 // $5500

Matt Herzog Memorial Scholarship
Law Enforcement // May 30 // $2,000

Blaine MWR Memorial Scholarship
Law Enforcement // June 15 // $500

Skagit Women’s Alliance and Network (SWAN) Scholarship Program
Needed Based Business/Professional // Deadline:  June 30th, 2015 // up to $6,000

Northwest Hawai’I Ohana Education Scholarship
NWHO members // Deadline: June 30th, 2015 // $500

State Scholarships

AAJA Seattle Scholarships
Journalism // May 3 // Varies

Dickson Legal Scholarship
General // Deadline: May 15 // $1,000

Washington Women in Need (WWIN) Spring Education Grant
Need Based // Deadline:  May 31st, 2015 // up to $5,000

Washington NASA Space Grant Community College Transfer Scholarships
STEM University of WA // Deadline: June 5, 2015 // $2,000 to $5,000

The Washington Advocates Scholarship
General // June 15th and October 15th // $250

National Scholarships

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

The Alert Scholarship
High School // Deadline: Rolling // $500

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

Pelican Water Systems Scholarship Program

Merit based // Deadline: April 17th and October 16th // $1500

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship for Migrant Farmworkers
Agriculture // Deadline: June 1 and November 1 // Up to $2,500

CompareCards Scholarship Award
General // Ongoing; monthly // $2500

Michelle L McDonald Scholarship
Accounting; Women // Deadline: Ongoing // $1,000

Online Medical Assistant Programs Scholarship
Health Care // Deadline: Ongoing // $500

The Company Corporation’s Quarterly Business Plan Contest
Entrepreneur // Deadline: Ongoing // $1,000

Brickhouse Security Wounded in the Line of Duty Scholarship
General // Deadline: Ongoing // $3,333

Becas Univision Scholarships
Need Based/DACA // Deadline: March 30 // $5,000

PetPlan Scholarship
General // Deadline: March 31 // $1,000

Big Fish Games Scholarship
General // Deadline: March 31 // $5,000

Foster Care to Success Scholarship
Foster Youth // Deadline: March 31 // $1,500 to $6,000

Interior Deluxe Scholarship Program
Need Based // Deadline: April 15 // $1,500

A Place for Mom Scholarship
Health Care/Social Sciences // Deadline: April 15 // $1,000

Sports Unlimited Scholarship
General // Deadline: April 20 // $1,000

Evolve IP Tech in Schools Scholarship
Need Based // Deadline: April 30 // $1,000

Griswold Home Care Scholarship
General // Deadline: May 1 // $1,000

Washington State Home & Community Educators – WSHCE
Women-in-Transition 25+ YOA // May 1, 2015 // $1,000

BIAW Education Program Scholarship
Construction Industry // May 8, 2015 // Amount varies

AFWA Scholarships
Accounting // Deadline: May 15th 2015 // Varies

Sunoco Rewards Scholarship
Marketing // Deadline: May 31 // $1,000 

Crown & Caliber Entrepreneur’s Scholarship
Entrepreneur // Deadline: May 31 // $1,000

AWeber Email Marketing Scholarship
General // Deadline: May 31 // $1,000

PicMonkey Scholarship
General // Deadline: May 31 // $1,000

Rover College Scholarship
General // Deadline: May 31 // $1,000

NAVEX Global Policy and Procedure Management Software Scholarship
General // Deadline: May 31 // $1,000

CARING.COM Student-Caregiver Annual Scholarship
Caregiving // Deadline: May 31, 2015 // $1500

American Addiction Centers Behavior Health Academic Scholarship
Behavioral Health/Nursing // Deadline May 31, 2015 // $5,000 & $2,500

Rural Students Scholarship
General // Deadline: June 1 // Varies

Oz Moving & Storage Scholarship
General // Deadline: June 1 // $1,000

Revzilla Design Scholarship
General // Deadline: June 1 // $1,000

Healthcare Scholarship Program
Healthcare // June 30th // $500

Zip Conferencing Scholarship
Communications/Business // Deadline: June 30th 2015 // $2500

The PlasticPlace Green Scholarship Award
General // Deadline: July 1st, 2015 // $1500

Touchmark Foundation Scholarship
Nursing // June 30th and December 30th // $1,000

Race to Inspire
General // Deadline: August 15 // $500

RN to BSN Online Scholarships
Nursing // Deadline: Varies

Ignite AG Customer Advisory Board Scholarship
Business/Marketing // October 15th // $1,000

The Expert Institute’s Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship
Healthcare // December 31 // $1,000

Future of Assisted Living Scholarship

General // Deadline: December 31, 2015 // $2,000

Public Health Community Scholarship
Public Health Workers/Nursing // Deadline January 5, 2016// $2500