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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your scholarship questions.

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How are scholarship recipients selected?

Applications are reviewed by a committee. All decisions are final.

Can I be awarded more than one scholarship per semester?

Yes, though the scholarship committee will usually try to assist as many students as possible. Some sponsors may request that their scholarship not be awarded to a student receiving other scholarship assistance.

Can I use my Foundation scholarship at another school?

No. Foundation scholarships can only be used at HCC, are non-transferable and may not be used for dual enrollment.

What types of classes can I take using my scholarship?

Most HCC credit courses are eligible. Community education, customized training and study abroad programs are not included.

How will I know if I’ve been awarded a scholarship?

The selection process takes approximately six weeks. Notifications of non-award will not be sent until all awards have been officially accepted.

What happens if I miss the March 1 deadline?

There is a second deadline of July 1.  This deadline primarily offers scholarships for students in the nursing program. There are a minimal number of scholarships for non-nursing students.

Many scholarships list financial need as a requirement. How is financial need determined?

Your level of financial need is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The “estimated family contribution” (EFC) listed on the Student Aid Report you receive from the Department of Education will be used to measure your financial need. Your signature on this application permits the Foundation Office to obtain financial need information from the HCC Financial Aid Office.

I don't qualify for federal or state assistance. Can I still apply for HCC Foundation scholarships?

Yes. If you don’t qualify for federal or state assistance, you may still qualify for a Foundation scholarship that requires financial need. Foundation scholarships use a broader definition of financial need than state and federal assistance programs.

I am already receiving financial aid and/or another non-Foundation scholarship. Can I still apply for a scholarship?

Yes. You can and should apply for both financial aid and scholarships. If you receive financial aid, consult with the Financial Aid Office about whether a scholarship might impact your financial aid award.

Some scholarships require a minimum number of "credit hours completed" to qualify. Does that include the courses which I am currently enrolled?

No. The number of “credit hours completed” is determined at the time your application is submitted. Credit hours in which you are currently enrolled will not be included because they have not been completed.

Can I apply for HCC Foundation scholarships if I am working toward a certificate and not a degree?

Yes. Applicants may be seeking either a degree or certificate unless otherwise noted in the scholarship criteria.

I am not an honor student. Will I still be considered for a scholarship?

Yes. Many Foundation scholarships don’t require a specific grade point average (GPA). However, it’s important to remember that all are competitive. The Foundation has established a universal requirement that all applicants who are currently enrolled at HCC must meet or exceed HCC academic requirements for good standing. (See HCC Catalog and Student Handbook for more details.)

I’m enrolled as a part-time student. Can I still get a scholarship?

Certain Foundation scholarships are designated specifically for part-time students. Part-time is defined as less than 12 credit hours per semester. (Note: Most Foundation scholarships require that you are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester.)

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