Apply for Scholarships

Scholarship Name Deadline GPA Classification Major Citizenship Enrollment Amount Web
Janie Garcia Hope Scholarship Jan. 20, 2017 - - ALL US Citizen or Permanent Resident 3-6 credit hours $464 -
T-STEM Challenge Scholarship Open 3.0 ALL STEM Majors ALL Full-Time & Part-Time $1,000 -
Lacks Employee/Dependent Scholarship Open Not Specified ALL ALL US Citizen or Permanent Resident Full Time & Part Time Varies -
TEACH Scholarship Open N/A ALL AAS Childcare & Dev or AAT Elementary Edu Not Specified Full Time & Part Time Varies Link
theDream.US March 8, 2017 2.5 Entering Freshman ALL Deffered Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Full Time Varies -
Stars Scholarship March 31, 2017 2.7 ALL ALL US Citizen or Permanent Resident 6-12hrs+ Varies Link

Learn about the Types of Scholarships:

Merit Based Need Based Departmental Private State Scholarships

Merit Based

Scholarships that are awarded based on a student's intellectual, athletic, artistic, etc. abilities.

Need Based

Scholarships that are awarded based on a student's financial need. Financial need is defined as STC's cost of attendance - Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need.

Departmental Scholarships

Funds that are allocated within an STC academic department's budget.

Private Scholarships

Funds provided by outside agencies or donors.

State Scholarships

Funds that are managed and distributed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THEBC).

Scholarship Tips Online Resources

  • Apply for as many scholarships as possible. Scholarships are gift awards. To maximize your chances of receiving a scholarship, it is best to apply for as many opportunities as possible.
  • Knowledge is power. Learn about the different types of scholarships that are available. When it comes to scholarships, the possibilities are endless!
  • Use a Scholarship search engine. There are websites that match you to possible scholarship opportunities. All you have to do is create a profile and the website does the rest!
  • It is never too late. Scholarships are not just for graduating high school seniors. Apply for scholarships even during your sophomore, junior, and senior year in college.
  • Consult with the professionals. Should the scholarship you are applying for require an essay or personal statement, have an instructor proofread or consult with the tutoring services offered at STC's Center for Learning Excellence. When a scholarship requires writing a scholarship essay and/or personal statement, donors merely want to get to know potential scholarship recipients. It is your opportunity to give them a clear picture of who you are, what your personal/career goals, and demonstrate that you are a great candidate.
  • Be prepared and think ahead. Always keep an extra copy of your scholarship application and any supporting documentation.
  • Do your research. There are plenty of resources available to help you in your scholarship search. Visit the Office of Student Financial Services, talk to your counselor, use scholarship search engines, or find out if any of the organizations that you and/or your parents are a part of offer scholarships.
  • Work hard. Do not be afraid to work hard for a scholarship. Sometimes the scholarships that require the most (i.e. writing multiple essays, etc.) are the ones that are worth the effort.
  • Beware of scams. If you receive any suspicious letters or emails asking you to pay money in exchange for a scholarship, chances are it is something fraudulent.
  • Keep track of deadlines. All scholarship will have a strict deadline for submission. Make sure to mark your calendar to give yourself enough time to submit all scholarship requirements.

The Office of Student Financial Services or South Texas College, do not expressly promote the following web resources; we would merely like to offer other scholarship resources that can aid students in their scholarship search.

College Board
College Board provides an online tool to help students search for scholarships, internships, grants, and loans. Students will answer a questionnaire that will match them to potential scholarships that complement their education level, talents, and background information.

College For All Texans
College for All Texans is a site designed to inform Texas students about the opportunities available to them in their pursuit of higher education. It provides valuable information about financial assistance available to students of Texas, including a listing of potential scholarship opportunities.

EduPASS! provides up-to-date information relevant to international students who intend on pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or professional education in the United States including, information over scholarship opportunities.

Fast Web!
FastWeb! is a scholarship search engine that matches students to scholarships within their database that complement their personal information and meet their needs. All students have to do is register and complete their profile.

Latino College Dollars
This website was developed by the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI), a nonprofit organization that "advances informed policy on key issues affecting Latino communities." TRPI provides a scholarship search that lists organizations that provide some type of financial assistance to eligible Latino students.

Valley Scholars
Valley Scholars are sponsored by local benefactors for all tuition and fees at South Texas College. Besides free tuition and fees, Scholars receive special mentoring from their sponsors and from South Texas College faculty and staff. Scholars are allowed to register early, participate in a special honors curriculum, and compete for special student employment opportunities on campus.

Scholarship Awarding

Over awards

Federal and state regulations mandate that a student's total financial aid package (grants and other resources) cannot exceed the student's financial need. Financial need is defined as Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC calculated with FAFSA). Once a student has been selected as a scholarship recipient, the Office of Student Financial Services must ensure that the student is not over awarded. Over awards occur when the student's financial aid package exceeds his or her financial need.

Example: Jerry is a dependent student who is living at home with his parents and is attending full-time during fall and spring. Jerry's total Cost of Attendance is $10589 and he has an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $100. Jerry's financial need ($10589-$100) is $10489. Jerry has been awarded a Pell Grant worth $5595, Texas Grant of $1325, and a scholarship worth $4000, $5595+$1325+$4000=$10920. The scholarship has caused an over award.

Please note: Cost of Attendance can be influenced by a variety of factors including your dependency status, your living situation, your residency, and your enrollment.