Your achievements in class and outside the classroom can earn you scholarship money for educational expenses. Scholarships are “gift aid,” meaning they are a free resource you do not repay. They are awarded for any number of reasons (academic standing, leadership, specialized talents, ethnic origin, etc) and are available whether you are just beginning your ECC studies or are near graduation. Applications are required for scholarships funds.
Some scholarship funds are available for in-district students only.
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Scholarship Opportunities at ECC
OneMain Financial Scholarship
ECC was selected for the OneMain Financial Completion Scholarship Program. This scholarship is a partnership between the college, Achieving the Dream, Inc., and OneMain Financial, and is designed to assist students in overcoming unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of a student’s first college credential while enrolled in community college.
ECC will award two $3,750 scholarships to help low income students realize their education goals. Applications are due August 15, 2016. Recipients will be awarded beginning in August, 2016.
ECC Foundation Scholarships
The ECC Foundation raises funds to improve lives through learning for students at ECC. Thanks to the generosity of its donors and supporters, the ECC Foundation currently offers more than 200 student scholarships each year in four primary categories:
- Academic and leadership excellence
- Career areas of study
- Overcoming obstacles
- Financial need
ECC Foundation Scholarship applications are screened for a potential match to every available foundation scholarship. This means it is possible to receive more than one, simply by applying with a single application. The key to getting an ECC Foundation Scholarship is to apply early! Each year, the first round of awards is made starting in April. All foundation scholarships require a minimum 2.0 GPA.
District 509 Board of Trustees Scholarships
Set forth by the District 509 Board of Trustees for in-district residents, these scholarships recognize superior individual achievement in the following:
- Academic Top 10 or Top 20 Percent Scholarship - A non-competitive award for high school seniors graduating in the upper 10 percent or 20 percent (using weighted ranking) of their classes.
ECC Tuition Waivers
GED Tuition Waiver
Open to students who live in-district, successfully complete a GED class at ECC, and successfully pass the GED test. Students are eligible for free in-district tuition for up to three (3) credit hours of college credit. Use within one year from the date requirements are completed.
English as a Second Language Tuition Waiver
Open to students successfully completing ESL 019, ESL 099 or the college's Intensive English program. Students are eligible for free in-district tuition for up to three (3) credit hours of college credit. Use within one year from the date requirements are completed.
Open to students approved by the ICAPS program coordinator. Students are eligible for free in-district tuition for up to three (3) credit hours of college credit for the term.
Honors Course Tuition Waiver
Open to students who earn an A or B in an honors course and maintain a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average. Students may use the Honors Course Tuition Waiver for their next honors class. Honors course tuition waivers are issued at the
in-district tuition rate and are valid for one year from date of successful completion of honors class.
Download waiver activation form to apply for the ECC Tuition Waiver.
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