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.



Looking for scholarships? makes it simple. The WashBoard connects Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers… for free. Whether you’ll be attending in state or out, you save time by entering your profile once and letting them find the scholarship opportunities that fit. is spam-free and will never sell your information. Scholarships listed are diverse and support a wide variety of student interests and accomplishments.

  • More than half of scholarships are not based on financial need.
  • One-third of listed scholarships require a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 27% of scholarships listed are renewable.
  • The scholarships listed in 2014-2015 represented over 3,000 individual awards totaling $41.6 million dollars!
  • Updating your profile regularly can increase your matches.


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

Whatcom Community Foundation

General // Deadlines: varies // Amounts: varies

State Scholarships

Currently no open deadlines. Will be updated.

National Scholarships

Funding your Nursing School Education
Nursing // Deadlines: varies //  Amount: varies

Financial Aid for Minority Students
General // Deadline: varies // Amount: varies

Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest
General // Deadlines: monthly // $1,000

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 // Amount: varies

Pelican Water Systems Scholarship Program

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

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

RN to BSN Online Scholarships
Nursing // Deadline: Varies

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

I Heart My School Scholarship
General // Deadline: October 31st 2015 & February 28th 2016 // $500

Griswold Home Care Scholarship
General // Deadline: November 1st 2015 // $1000

Good360Sustainability Scholarship
General // Deadline: November 30th, 2015 // $1,000

The Neil Patel Scholarship Program
General // Deadline: December 1st, 2015 // $5,000

Simple Texting $1000 Scholarship
General // Deadline: December 1st, 2015 // $1,000

Frontier West Save the Internet Scholarship
General // Deadline: December 15th, 2015 // $500 to $1500

Growth Everywhere Scholarship
General // Deadline: December 15th, 2015 // $500

Scholarship America Dream Award
Need Based // Deadline: December 15th, 2015 // $5,000-$15,000 (renewable)

ALPHAHID.COM Scholarship
General // Deadline: December 15th, 2015 // $500

The Versitas Education Scholarship
Business // Deadline: December 15th, 2015 // $1,000

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Scholarships and Grants
General // Deadline: December 15th, 2015 & February 1st, 2016 // Varies

Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship
STEM // Deadline: December 31st, 2015 // $6,000 Student Caregiver Annual Scholarship
Caregiver // Deadline: December 31st 2015 // $1500

Global English Editing Scholarship Program
General (open to International students) // Deadline: December 31 // $1,000

The Expert Institute’s Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship

Healthcare // Deadline: December 31 // $1,000

Future of Assisted Living Scholarship
General // Deadline: December 31 // $2,000

Influence Print Design Scholarship
Visual Communication // Deadline: December 31 // $1,000 

Safe From The Start Scholarship
Security // Deadline:  December 31 // $500

Medical Assistant Healthcare Scholarship
Healthcare // Deadline: December 31st, 2015 // $500

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

MyHeart Scholarship
Healthcare // Deadline: February 15th, 2016 // $1,000

The SleekLens Academic Scholarship
General // Deadline: March 31st, 2016 // $2,000

A Place for Mom Scholarship
Healthcare or Social Science // Deadline: April 15th, 2016 // $1,000

Blue Fire Broadband 2016 Rural Scholarship
General // Deadline: June 2016 // $500

Fountains Scholarship Award
General // Deadline: August 1, 2016 // $2,000