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CPTC Foundation Scholarships

CPTC Foundation Scholarships Online Application:

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

2023-2024 Application Cycles/Deadlines

Application cycles begin around the first day of each quarter. Online application closes at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the application period. Late materials will not be accepted.


Online Application Opens

Online Application Closes

Summer scholarships

April 8, 2024

April 29, 2024

Fall scholarships

July 8, 2024

July 29, 2024

Winter scholarships

October 7, 2024

October 28, 2024

Spring scholarships

January 13, 2025

February 3, 2025

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.


Please read the instructions carefully before applying for a scholarship (The instructions are listed both below and at the beginning of the scholarship application).

Contact us:

Phone: (253) 589-6082
Office: Building 19, Room 101


General Scholarship Information:

Award Cycle

Scholarships are awarded each quarter. Students may apply each quarter and may qualify for multiple scholarships, but may only receive one CPTC Foundation scholarship each quarter. Scholarships are not guaranteed and are awarded using a competitive review and scoring system.

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


Basic Eligibility


Applications will be considered if you meet the criteria below:

  • Minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA): Cumulative GPA from your most recent school must be 2.0 or higher.
  • No student loan default: Cannot have a student loan in default (deferment is ok).
  • Full-time college student: Must be enrolled full-time (12+ credits) for the quarter 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, specific area of study, or completion of the FAFSA/WAFSA).

The online application will automatically match you to all scholarships for which you are eligible based on the answers you provide.

Application Process:


You can apply for all CPTC Foundation scholarships by completing one application. Your application will automatically be considered for any scholarships where you meet the stated criteria, based on the answers you provide. We strive to ensure that at least half of the scholarships offered each quarter are open to all students who meet the basic eligibility criteria.

Do not leave any questions unanswered. The software will automatically screen out unanswered questions and mark your application as incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered for any scholarships. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, your application will be considered for a scholarship award.

Any student found to have falsified information on their application, and has been selected for a scholarship, will have their offer of a scholarship rescinded. Applicants who continue to falsify their application may be barred from applying for scholarships. Eligibility answers regarding enrollment, GPA, loan status, student ID, and other basic information will be verified with the Office of Financial Aid. 

The basic application process is as follows:

  1. Determine if you are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the CPTC Foundation
  2. Click “apply now” or go to the online application directly.
  3. If you do not already have an account, click “register”
  4. Fill in required information, using your CPTC e-mail address, and click “create account”
  5. Click “start application”
  6. Fill out each section completely.- leaving questions blank may result in your application being rejected
  7. Upload an electronic copy (.doc, .pdf, or .jpg) of your most current unofficial transcript, showing your cumulative GPA.  If you are in your first quarter at CPTC, use an unofficial transcript from your high school or last institution attended.
  8. Complete two essays – use the writing center in the library for assistance with writing, spelling, grammar, and punctuation, as these will impact your overall score.
  9. Click the “submit application” button. (Note: this button will not be available until all sections of your application are complete. Once you click submit, you will see the number of scholarships you qualified for based on your answers. If you see “zero applied” you were not eligible for any scholarships based on the answers you provided. Double check your eligibility to determine if this was a mistake. Answers may be edited and the application resubmitted prior to the application deadline. If you believe you received a “zero applied” message in error, and have verified your answers are correct/resubmitted your application, please contact the Foundation at (253) 589-6082 for assistance.)

Application Scoring


Scholarships are awarded competitively based upon the scoring of two essays written by you and reviewed by the Scholarship Committee, comprised of community volunteers. You have up to 500 words to answer each essay question and share your story. Each essay is worth a possible 12 points.

Essay subjects include:

  1. Educational & career goals, future plans
  2. Current circumstances/ability to overcome challenges

To give yourself the best opportunity to receive an award, use the allotted word count, and 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.

Award Notification & Disbursement:

All qualified applicants will receive an email notification about their application status approximately two weeks before the tuition payment deadline..

All scholarships will be applied towards the recipient’s financial aid account to pay any remaining tuition and fees due. In the event you receive funds from an outside source that already covers tuition (i.e. VA Benefits, Opportunity Grant, Workfirst, etc.), your scholarship may be made available to you via your Bank Mobile Option to be used for books or academic program supplies. Scholarship recipients must complete an agreement stating they will only use their scholarship funds for educational expenses. In some instances, it may be necessary to adjust a student’s Financial Aid package when a scholarship is accepted. Award recipients must contact Financial Aid for questions about how this scholarship will impact your award offer, or to make an adjustment to the offer of aid for the reduction of loans or work-study awards. 

Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a thank you letter to the donor prior to receiving the scholarship.


Additional Scholarship Resources & External Scholarships:

In addition to scholarships through the CPTC Foundation, there are a wide variety of scholarship opportunities available to students at Clover Park Technical College through outside organizations in our community and state.

For external scholarship opportunities, please visit the Financial Aid office in building 17, or contact Lisa Fortson, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at (253) 589-5688.

Additional Resources

The below resources may help you find a scholarship based on a wide variety of personal characteristics, goals, qualifications, and needs. These scholarship resources are not associated with Clover Park Technical College and must be applied to separately from CPTC Foundation scholarships.

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Technical Assistance

Should you need technical assistance directly related to your AwardSpring account (password, uploading documents, etc.), please contact AwardSpring directly at (888) 258-5628, option 2.

Other questions should be directed to:

CPTC Foundation
Building 19, Room 101
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
(253) 589-6082



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