CPTC Foundation Scholarships

CPTC Foundation Scholarships Online Application

CPTC Foundation scholarships provide financial assistance to help meet educational expenses.

Please read these instructions carefully before applying for a scholarship.

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Contact Us

Phone: 253-589-6082
Office: Building 19, Room 101
Email: foundation@cptc.edu

General Information

Award Cycle

Scholarships are awarded each quarter. Most scholarships are awarded for two quarters (excluding summer quarter).

Only one scholarship per quarter/per student is authorized.

Available Scholarships 20-50/quarter
Award Amount $600+/quarter
Use Tuition, books and/or supplies
Deadline See Below


Basic Eligibility

Applications will not be considered if you do not meet the below criteria.

Minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)

Cumulative GPA from your most recent school must be 3.0 or higher.

Loans must not be in default. Applicants cannot have a student loan in default.

Full-time College Student (12+ college level credits)

Must be a full-time college student for the quarter for which you are applying for a scholarship. Running Start and NW Career and Technical High School students are not eligible for scholarships.

NOTE: Running Start, NWCTHS, and other high school students may apply before graduation, but must have graduated by the time the scholarship quarter begins.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

Some scholarships have additional eligibility criteria (such as a higher minimum grade point average, area of study or completion of the FAFSA).

The questionnaire within the online application will match you to all scholarships for which you are eligible.

Application Cycles/Deadlines

Application cycles begin on the first day of each quarter and end approximately 3-weeks later.

Online applications open the first day of each application cycle and close at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the cycle. Late materials will not be accepted.

Quarters Online Application Opens Online Application Closes
Fall/Winter July 2, 2018 July 22, 2018
Winter/Spring September 24, 2018 October 14, 2018
Spring/Summer January 2, 2019 January 21, 2019
Summer April 1, 2019 April 21, 2019

While the online application will be available until 11:59 p.m. on the closing date, it is recommended that you complete your application by 4 p.m. as technical help will not be available after that time. Applications that have been properly submitted will state the number of scholarships you have applied to. If you see “0 Scholarships Applied” it is likely that you are not qualified, or accidentally disqualified yourself from scholarships. Please contact our office at 253-589-6082 if you are unsure why you were not qualified for any scholarships.

Application Process

All scholarship applications at CPTC Foundation are applied globally. Fill out one application and your application will automatically be applied to all scholarships that you qualify for. The qualification questions section is the primary source to determine which scholarships you qualify for.

The answer to each application question determines your eligibility for specific scholarships. It is important that you do not leave any questions unanswered. The computer will automatically screen out unanswered questions and mark your application as an incomplete application.

Once your eligibility has been confirmed, your application is approved for consideration for a scholarship award. You are automatically applied for all scholarships that you qualify for.

The basic application process is as follows:

  1. Go to the online application. (https://cptc.awardspring.com/)
  2. Click on the “register” button.
  3. Fill in ALL required information and click on the “create account” button.
  4. Click the “start application” button.
  5. Fill out each section completely (Contact Information, Demographic Information, Financial Information/Financial Aid, Academic Information, and Qualification Questions). Leaving questions blank may result in your application being rejected.
  6. Upload an electronic copy (.doc, .pdf, or .jpg) of your most current unofficial transcript, showing your cumulative GPA. If needed, scanners are available in the library. Please make sure your transcript is right-side up.
  7. Click the “submit application” button. Note: this button will not be available until all sections of your application are complete.

NOTE: Carefully read all directions before starting the online application.

Application Scoring

Applications considered for a scholarship award are awarded competitively based upon scoring. Scoring is achieved through two essays written by you, the applicant, and reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, which consists of community volunteers. Ensure you read each question, and answer the question thoroughly. You have up to 500 words to answer each essay question. Each essay is worth a possible 12 points.

The subject of the essays include:

  1. Educational & Career Goals & Plans
  2. Current Circumstances/Ability to Overcome Challenges

To give yourself the best opportunity to receive an award, review your essays for thoroughness, grammar, and punctuation, along with content.  We strongly recommend that you seek assistance from the Tutoring Center in Building 15.

Incomplete applications will be disqualified for consideration. It is essential that you complete your entire application thoroughly. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of community volunteers.

Technical Assistance

Should you need technical assistance (password, uploading documents, etc.) with your scholarship application portal, please contact AwardSpring directly. The Foundation Office will answer general questions, but will not complete the application for you.

AwardSpring 888-258-5628, option 2.

Other questions should be directed to:

CPTC Foundation

Building 19, Room 101

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW

Lakewood, WA 98499



Award Notification & Disbursement

All applicants will receive an email notification as to whether they are receiving a scholarship (or not) approximately two weeks before tuition payment deadline. Awarded applicants must log back in to the AwardSpring system to accept their scholarship. Scholarships not accepted will be offered to the next highest scoring qualified applicant for the award.

Any two-quarter scholarship will only have 50% of the scholarship award available each quarter. (Example: $1,200 scholarship will only have $600 available each quarter.) You may not receive the second half of your award until the second quarter begins. An awardee must meet the required criteria each quarter to maintain their scholarship from one quarter to the next. ALL scholarships funds are dispersed on the first day of the quarter in which they have been awarded for. (Please do not ask for exceptions.)

Generally, all scholarships are applied towards tuition. In the event you receive funds from an outside source that already covers tuition (i.e. VA Benefits, Opportunity Grant, Workfirst, etc.), your scholarship can be applied towards books or academic program supplies instead.

The entire scholarship application, review and award cycle takes approximately 8 weeks to complete.

You can log back into your AwardSpring portal at any time to see the status of your application and/or award approved/denied. Those who are selected to receive a scholarship will be notified by email that they must log in to accept their award. Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a thank you letter to the donor prior to receiving the scholarship.

Additional Resources & External Scholarships

For external scholarship opportunities, please contact Monica Selby, Financial Aid Program Specialist at:  253-589-5802

Additional Resources

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