NCC Foundation Scholarships help more than 500 students every year. You could be one of them.

Click Here to View Scholarship FAQs

If you think you’re the only student who needs help paying for college, you are wrong. At two-year colleges like NCC, more than 75% of full-time students apply for some form of financial assistance. So you are not alone; in fact you are in very good company.

Last year NCCF awarded more than 500 scholarships. NCCF Scholarships are unique because only NCC students can apply. Academic excellence is the key eligibility requirement and there is no conflict with other forms of assistance. It’s like icing on a cake!

Applications for Scholarships are available at various times throughout the year.
KEY APPLICATION DATES:
        Full Year: Closed as of May 23, 2014
        LEAP: May 1-30, 2014
Royce/Bigelow: May 27-June 16, 2014

To get you started, we have compiled a list of questions most often asked by NCC students. You can also review the various scholarships available and begin to think about your own application.


Scholarship FAQ

Click here to download our Scholarship FAQ (pdf)

How can I get help paying for my education?

There are several ways you can get financial assistance – scholarships, grants and loans. All are awarded to cover a combination of tuition, books, fees, and in some cases, living and other expenses.

  • The NCC Foundation awards scholarships. A scholarship is typically awarded based on academic performance, not financial need. If you receive a scholarship, it is a gift that you never pay back.
  • Grants are awarded through the NCC Financial Aid Office. A grant is money given for financial assistance. It is a gift that you never pay back. The Pell Grant is an example of an educational grant.
  • Loans are administered through the NCC Financial Aid Office. A loan is money given on the condition that it is paid back at a later date. Student loans must be repaid.

What type of scholarships are available from the NCC Foundation?

Our scholarships are unique because only NCC students can apply. Because they are scholarships, they are awarded based on academic merit. There are three main NCCF scholarship programs:

  • Traditional (full-year) scholarship – awarded in late spring/early summer for the following academic year starting in the fall. The NCC Foundation will award scholarships toward coursework up to a maximum of 68 credits (82 for nursing). Awards to students enrolled in excess of 68 credits must be supported by a letter and an approved academic plan from their advisor.
  • Spring scholarship – awarded during the spring for the current spring semester.
  • LEAP scholarship - awarded to graduating NCC students transferring to a 4-year institution to help complete a bachelor’s degree.

Can I apply for an NCC Scholarship if I already have scholarships, loans and grants from other sources?

Absolutely! These scholarships do not reduce other financial aid or assistance you might be receiving. (Please note: If you receive financial aid, scholarship funding may not exceed your unmet need as identified by FAFSA.) If you are not eligible to receive financial aid, you may still be eligible to receive a scholarship from the NCC Foundation.

How do I know if I should apply?

Because NCCF Scholarships are merit-based, there are academic and credit criteria. If you are an NCC student with a minimum of 2.8 cumulative GPA (or 3.0 for the past two semesters), with at least 12 credits earned in a degree program, you should apply! (See detailed eligibility information in the Traditional Scholarship information section.)

You may apply for the LEAP scholarship if you are a US Citizens or Permanent Residents graduating from NCC, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have been accepted to a transfer school where you will complete your bachelor’s degree. (See detailed eligibility information in the LEAP Scholarship information section.)

How can I apply?

KEY APPLICATION DATES/DEADLINES

  • Spring: February 3-28, 2014 Closed for 2014
  • Full Year: April 14-May 23, 2014
  • LEAP: May 1-30, 2014

WHERE AND WHEN TO APPLY

  • Application forms and instructions are only available online on this website.
  • You need to apply for NCCF Scholarships annually.

Where can I learn more or get help completing the application?

  • You can find specific scholarship criteria and application information on this website.
  • For more help, visit the NCC Foundation office in East 311, or email: scholarships@norwalk.edu

How to Apply for an NCCF Scholarship

Every NCCF Scholarship has different application requirements and deadlines. Most have online applications only. The scholarship funding available to each student is impacted by the number who apply and qualify.

Please read the information below for the scholarship you are interested in. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us.


Traditional Scholarships

2014-2015 Traditional Scholarship Applications are now closed.

Traditional Scholarships are applied to NCC tuition and fees during a full academic year. The amount of the individual scholarship varies.
If you receive a scholarship, it is a gift that you never pay back.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum of 12 credits earned at NCC in courses that count toward a degree program (developmental and non-credit courses will not be considered).
  • 2.8 cumulative GPA or, for improving students in an NCC degree program, a minimum of 3.0 GPA for coursework completed during each of the prior two semesters.
  • Enrollment in a credit-bearing degree program.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of 6 credits for the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents, a 2014-2015 FAFSA must be on file with the NCC Financial Aid Office by May 23, 2014. It may take several days for your FAFSA to appear in your record at NCC – be sure to complete it well in advance of the deadline.
  • DACA-approved students must provide the NCC Foundation with a copy of their Employment Authorization card.
  • International students must have a student visa on file with the NCC International Students Office.
  • Must be a student in good standing with the Financial Aid Office.

PLEASE NOTE:

The NCC Foundation will award scholarships toward coursework up to a maximum of 68 credits (82 for nursing). Awards to students enrolled in excess of 68 credits must be supported by a letter and an approved academic plan from their program coordinator. Students who must meet this criteria will receive a Program Coordinator Verification form to complete after the NCC Foundation reviews your application.

The scholarship funding available to each student is impacted by the number who apply and qualify. We cannot guarantee that each student who applies will receive a scholarship.

To be considered, your scholarship application must be submitted and complete, with essay, by the application deadline.

*Please note: FESP and Path Scholarship recipients are not eligible for Traditional Scholarships. Students who have received a previous degree at NCC are not eligible.

Selection Criteria

We usually award a large number of Traditional Scholarships each year. These awards vary in amount and are determined by a number of factors, including but not limited to, academic history, quality of application essay and financial need.

Essay Requirement

You will be asked to complete a minimum 300-word essay.

If you are a first-time applicant, your essay should cover the following:
• Your academic experience at NCC
• Your career and educational goals
• How an NCC Foundation Scholarship would help you in your studies
• Any extra-curricular or community activities, including any leadership roles
• If applicable, unusual circumstances, including financial need, for consideration.

If you have previously received a Foundation scholarship, your essay should cover the following:
• Your progress at NCC to date
• Your academic goals and how they may have changed or stayed the same
• What impact did receiving a Foundation Scholarship last year have on your ability to achieve your academic goals at NCC? Why should the NCC Foundation continue to support you?
• Any extra-curricular or community activities, including any leadership roles
• If applicable, unusual circumstances, including financial need, for consideration

The NCC Writing Center (a part of the Tutoring Center) is available to help you with your essay. It is located in Room W110. Tutors are available by appointment, although walk-ins are welcome if space is available. You must make an appointment in person – they are not able to take appointments over the phone. More information is available at the Writing Center, but you can also call 203-857-3374.

We strongly advise that you complete the essay before beginning the application. Write it in a text program – you will be able to copy and paste the essay into the application later.


Spring Scholarships

Spring Scholarships are awarded to deserving students during the spring semester only. These scholarships aim to assist students who have between 12 and 24 credits at the time of application, and who have a minimum 2.8 GPA.

**The 2014 Spring Scholarship application is now closed.** Awards will be announced at the end of March 2014.
You may be eligible to apply for our Traditional Full-Year Scholarship – See information posted above.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Have a GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Have completed at least 12 NCC credits
  • Have completed no more than 24 NCC credits
  • Have a completed FAFSA on file with the NCC Office of Financial Aid by the application deadline (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only)
  • Have a visa on file with the NCC International Students Office (International students only)
  • Have a work authorization card on file with the NCC Foundation (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, i.e. DACA-approved students only)
  • Are enrolled in a credit-bearing degree program at NCC
  • Are in good standing with the NCC Business Office AND the NCC Office of Financial Aid

To be considered, applicants must submit a completed scholarship application and essay by the February 28, 2014.

*Please note: FESP and Path Scholarship recipients are not eligible for Spring Scholarships.

Selection Criteria

It is anticipated that a large number of scholarships will be awarded. These awards vary in amount and are determined by a number of factors, including but not limited to, academic history, quality of application essay, and financial need. The scholarship funding available to each student is impacted by the number who apply and qualify.

Essay Requirement

You will be asked to complete a minimum 300-word essay. The essay should cover

  • your academic experience at NCC
  • how a Foundation scholarship would help you in your studies
  • your career and educational goals
  • any extra-curricular or community activities
  • if applicable – unusual circumstances, including financial need, for consideration

We strongly advise that you complete the essay before beginning the application. Write it in a text program – you will be able to copy and paste the essay into the application later.


Transfer Scholarships

Transfer Scholarships are offered to help NCC graduating students complete a four-year degree at a college or university of their choice.
Awards and eligibility requirements vary. Please see the programs listed below for more information.

2014-2015 LEAP Transfer Scholarship Program

Applications must be received in the NCC Foundation office by Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Please read through the following information before applying. A link to the application materials is located at the end of this section.

The LEAP Transfer Scholarship Program provides high-achieving NCC graduates who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree with financial assistance to a four-year college or university of their choice. LEAP Transfer Scholarship recipients have transferred to a diverse group of colleges including Cornell University, Smith College, Columbia University, University of Virginia and the University of Connecticut. This award is renewable for a second year of study if academic standards are met.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA at NCC
  • Have applied for and been accepted for graduation from NCC
  • Are in good standing with the NCC Business Office AND the NCC Office of Financial Aid
  • Have been accepted at a four-year institution and have received a financial aid package
  • The LEAP scholarship is available to US Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Apply for the LEAP Scholarship at the time of graduation from NCC, or within the first academic year following NCC graduation.

All applicants must submit a completed scholarship application package by Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
The specific application components are detailed in the application packet. You must complete each item to be eligible.

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be interviewed by members of the Scholarship Committee of the NCC Foundation. Scholarship selection will be based upon academic achievement, written and oral communications, and commitment to obtaining a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship funding available to each student is impacted by the number who apply and qualify.

Essay Requirement

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete and sign an essay that addresses the following topics:

  • your academic experience at NCC
  • how a LEAP Transfer Scholarship would help you in furthering your studies
  • your career and educational goals
  • any extra-curricular or community activities
  • if applicable, unusual circumstances, including financial need, for consideration.

Click here to download the 2014-2015 LEAP Scholarship Application.

————

2014-2015 Professor Michael Shub Developmental Mathematics Transfer Scholarship

Applications must be received in the NCC Foundation office by Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Please read through the following information before applying. A link to the application is located at the end of this section.

This transfer scholarship was established by former NCC Professor Michael Shub to recognize a graduating NCC student who began his/her career at NCC in a Developmental Mathematics course and who will complete his/her education at a four-year institution. This scholarship is a one-time $1,500 award toward tuition at a four-year school.

Faculty members from the Department of Mathematics review the applications and select a student to receive the award. The scholarship winner will be notified via mail during the summer.

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Have completed a Developmental Mathematics course at NCC (Math 073, Math 075 or Math 094) and excelled
  • Have completed one or more college level math courses
  • Complete and sign this application sheet
  • Attach proof of registration/acceptance at a four-year institution
  • Include a 1-2 page essay describing your experiences at NCC. Please provide information concerning your involvement in any student activities, your need for financial assistance and your educational plans and career goals.
  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents MUST attach a copy of the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).
    International students on visa are also eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Submit your application materials by Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. to:
    Norwalk Community College Foundation
    188 Richards Ave, Suite E311
    Norwalk, CT  06854

Click here to download the 2014-2015 Professor Michael Shub Development Math Scholarship Application form.


Graduation Transfer Scholarships

Upon occasion, money is available to fund other transfer scholarships for students graduating from NCC and going on to complete a degree at a four-year institution. Eligibility requirements and award amounts will vary. Currently, this program is not accepting applications.


Other Available Scholarships (Royce/Bigelow)

Royce Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students from area high schools. Application instructions and materials will be available on this website beginning May 27 until 4 p.m. on June 16, 2014. Students selected by the NCC Foundation Scholarship Committee will have an opportunity to complete a college degree with a merit scholarship valued at $1,500 per year with a $500 book allowance. Based on successful academic performance, this award can be renewed for a second year at NCC.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Are a current high school senior in a public high school in southwestern Fairfield County
  • Have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • Are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Are nominated, in writing, by a guidance counselor or principal at your current high school
  • Have a completed FAFSA on file with the NCC Office of Financial Aid by the application deadline

All candidates must apply to NCC and follow procedures for new admitted students, including taking a placement test.

The NCC Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects potential recipients for interview. Following the interview process, students are selected to receive an award. Scholarship winners will be notified via mail during the summer.

Click here to download the 2014-2015 Royce Merit Scholarship Application.

For more information,  please contact us.

 ————

Bigelow Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to incoming students from Norwalk high schools. Application instructions and materials will be available on this website beginning May 27 until 4 p.m. on June 16, 2014. Students selected by the NCC Foundation Scholarship Committee will have an opportunity to complete an associate degree with a $3,200 scholarship and a $500 book allowance. This scholarship can be renewed for a second year, dependent upon satisfactory academic performance in year one.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • Are a current high school senior in a public Norwalk, CT high school
  • Are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Are in good academic standing and not on probationary status
  • Have a completed FAFSA on file with the NCC Office of Financial Aid by the application deadline
  • Are nominated, in writing, by a guidance counselor or principal at your current high school

All candidates must apply to NCC and follow procedures for new admitted students, including taking a placement test.

The NCC Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews all applications and selects potential recipients for interview. Following the interview process, students are selected to receive an award. Scholarship winners will be notified via mail during the summer.

Click here to download the 2014-2015 Bigelow Foundation Scholarship Application.

For more information, please contact us.


More Resources for NCC Students

As you pursue your education at NCC, there are people ready to help you, whether you need academic help or assistance with an administrative issue.  Below are links to get you connected to other available resources.

Financial Aid

Registrar’s Office

International Students Office

Tutoring Center

Writing Center

Academic Calendar


Volunteer

The NCC Foundation needs your help, too

Student volunteers are needed for events related to scholarships and fundraising. We’re always on the lookout for students to serve as greeters and assistants at events, and we love having student speakers share their stories about NCC. Most of the time, we even feed you!

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us.


Talk to Us

For more information, or to make an appointment to discuss your scholarship options, please contact:

Terri Nackid
203-857-7139 | tnackid1@norwalk.edu

Return to top