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Financial Aid

170 North St, P.O. Box 139, Dryden, NY 13053

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Monday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Tuesday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4–6 p.m.

Walk-ins:
Wednesday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m

Phone: 607.844.6580
Fax: 607.844.6538

Room 215
607.844.6580
607.844.6538 (fax)
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TC3 Foundation Scholarships

TC3 Foundation Scholarships

One of the TC3 Foundation’s most vital activities is the stewardship of a scholarship program for students. Community college students face many financial obstacles, and oftentimes, traditional forms of aid offered through the Office of Financial Aid are not adequate to meet students’ need. Thus, the Foundation has developed several programs augmenting student aid in an effort to ease this financial burden. The Foundation offers these funds through the generosity of community donors who recognize the need to support educational opportunity.

Applications are accepted online through your myTC3 account. Be sure you have included your response. If you do not have a myTC3 account, please contact Tracy Johnson at the Financial Aid office, Rm 215, or call 607.844.8222, Ext. 4321.

Recommendations: Due June 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring.

REMEMBER – It is your responsibility to make sure your two recommendations have been received by the Financial Aid office. We are happy to offer our assistance in any way.

Students with questions about applications, references or scholarships should call the Financial Aid office at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4321 or e-mail Tracy Johnson.

Many of the following scholarships, grants, and loans managed by the TC3 Foundation, Inc. are funded by businesses, organizations, and individuals in the community.

All scholarships require a written application, brief statement of goals and objectives, and two letters of recommendation. Scholarships considering financial need require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These forms are available in the financial aid office.

We do our best to keep the scholarship information current and correct. However, donors may change this information at any time.

Fall Scholarship Opportunities

Spring Scholarship Opportunities

Application Deadlines

Students must file all forms required by the financial aid office to be eligible for TC3 Foundation scholarships, grants, and loans. Contact the Financial Aid office, room 215, for additional information. Unless noted, candidate selections are made by the TC3 Foundation’s scholarship committee. The financial aid office only considers grants-in-aid and loans. All decisions are final, and the process is confidential.

Fall scholarships are due no later than June 1 for returning students, and June 1 for new students.

Spring scholarships are due no later than November 1.

For more information:Students with questions about applications, references or scholarships should call the Financial Aid office at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4321 or e-mail Tracy Johnson.

Individuals or organizations interested in establishing a scholarship or grant-in-aid fund should call the TC3 Alumni and Development Office at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4401, or e-mail Julie Gerg. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

Scholarship award amounts are contingent on investment performance as well as numerous annual gifts from our donors. While the TC3 Foundation makes every effort to publish the most current information in the brochure, please note that award amounts as well as available scholarships may change prior to their actual award.

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Fall Scholarships for All Majors

Alliance Bank

$500
Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipients must be matriculated in any degree program with a “B” or better GPA. Students must reside in Cortland County and demonstrate financial need.

Alliance Bank

$1,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a matriculated student who demonstrates the greatest need in the College and resides in Cortland County. Recipient must also have a “B” or better GPA.

Alternatives Federal Credit Union

$250

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
First preference will be given to Alternatives FCU members. Recipient will have demonstrated financial need, can be a first time or continuing student, can be full or part time in any degree program, and must be in good academic standing as determined by the College. The recipient will demonstrate their interest or involvement in community development, socially responsible business, or sustainable and green issues through related course or community work.

Alumni Association

$250 for full-time students, $125 for part-time

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This scholarship was established to provide college-related assistance to full- and part-time students in any academic program at TC3. Preference will be given to any daughter, son, or spouse of TC3 alumni (degree or certificate holder). Open to all entering and returning students. Full-time students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours in the semester in which the award is given. Academic achievement and financial need are considered. Students must be in good academic standing as described by the College.

CFCU Community Credit Union

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient will have demonstrated financial need and can be a new or continuing full-time student in any degree program. Student will have graduated from a Tompkins or Cortland County high school and needs to be a resident of Tompkins or Cortland County. New students will have a “C” or better high school average. Continuing students will be in good academic standing at the College.

Chemung Canal Trust Company

$1,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipients will have demonstrated financial need and be full-time students in any degree program. Students can be freshmen who have graduated from a Tompkins County high school with a “C+” or higher average. Students can also be continuing, non-traditional students* at TC3 who are in good academic standing at the College, and must be residents of Tompkins County.
*Non-traditional student being over the age of 25

Cortland Community Foundation

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Two scholarships will be awarded. Recipients will be full-time students in any major and have demonstrated financial need. One scholarship recipient will be a first-time student who has graduated within the last two years from a Cortland County high school with a “C” or better average. One scholarship recipient will be a second-year TC3 student who is a Cortland County resident and a non- traditional student (age 25 years or older). Students will be in good academic standing as determined by the College.

American Association of University Women – Cortland

Eleanor Blodgett

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Two scholarships will be awarded. This fund was established to provide recognition for scholarly achievement while attending Tompkins Cortland Community College. Recipients must be adult returning students, Cortland County residents for a minimum of one year, enrolled at TC3 full- or part-time in an accredited degree program, and have completed at least 48 credit hours at the time the award is given. Financial need may be considered, but primary emphasis should be given to academic achievement. GPA must be 2.5 or higher.

HSBC

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Two scholarships will be awarded. Recipients will have demonstrated financial need and will be full-time students in a degree program. Students can be first-time students or continuing students who are in good academic standing. Students must be 23 years of age or younger. First preference: Awards will be made to one recipient each from Tompkins County and Cortland County. Two recipients from either county would be acceptable.

Janet Hoag Scholarship for
Non-Traditional Students

$250

Recipient may be matriculated in any major and attending TC3 part-time. This is not a need-based award. This fund is to provide college-related financial assistance to a non-traditional student at TC3. This student must have had a break in their educational experience.

Ithaca Business and
Professional Women’s Club

TBA

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This fund provides college-related financial assistance to a female student at TC3. Recipient must be a full-time matriculated female student in any major and carry a 2.5 GPA or better. Preference will be given to a Tompkins County student with demonstrated need.

Ithaca High School Class of 1960

$500
Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a full-time matriculated student in any degree program. Preference will be given to an Ithaca High School student, second preference being a Tompkins County student. Student must be in good academic standing as described by the College. Recipient must have demonstrated financial need.

Ithaca Rotary Club

$1,000

Two scholarships will be awarded. Recipients must be enrolled full time, pursuing a degree, and active in community service while maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to Tompkins County residents.

Ithaca Woman’s Club

$750

The recipient must be a woman enrolled full or part time, pursuing a degree, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to Tompkins County residents.

Key Bank

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Two scholarships will be awarded. One scholarship recipient will be a first-time student who has graduated within the last two years from a Cortland County high school with a 2.5 or better GPA. The student will have a history of community involvement and will have demonstrated financial need. One scholarship recipient will be a second-year TC3 student who is a non-traditional student (age 25 years or older). The student will have a 2.5 or better GPA and be in good academic standing as determined by the College. The student will have a history of community involvement and will have demonstrated financial need. NOTE: The recipients of this award may not have been a member of a household of a director, officer or employee of KeyCorp or any of its affiliates for five years prior to the scholarship application.

Memorial Scholarship Fund

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
For a full-time student matriculated in a program of study at TC3. The award will be made on the basis of GPA and demonstrated financial need. This endowed fund was established by numerous memorial gifts to the Foundation.

Native American

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
For full-time Native American students with a GPA of at least 2.5 or higher, or a first-semester student who has demonstrated the potential for academic success. The student must have demonstrated financial need and must be able to prove tribal affiliation.

New York Firefighters Foundation

$500

The recipient must be a dependent or immediate family member of a New York firefighter who was killed or injured in the line of duty. Field of study and GPA are not considerations for this scholarship.

Park Foundation

$2,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Two awards are given to full-time students, one male and one female. Recipient must be either a single female, head-of-household student with dependents; a single male, head of household with dependents; or a Vietnam veteran who no longer has access to educational benefits and has a GPA of at least 3.0. Student must be a custodial parent and must demonstrate financial need.

Power of the Penny Student Leadership

$500

Recipient must be a matriculated student active or involved in a leadership role in a campus-sponsored club, organization, or committee. The student must have completed at least 15 credit hours toward his or her degree. The student must have a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Richard R. Shaw Endowed

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a non-traditional, matriculated student enrolled for at least nine credit hours in any major. The recipient must also be in good academic standing. Preference will be given to Tompkins and Cortland County students. Financial aid forms must be completed. The award is need-based, and the recipient will be selected by the financial aid office staff.

Service Tradition of TC3

Up to $2,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Students must be nominated for this need-based award. The program was established to support the development of a strong work ethic, reinforce the value of community service, and reward academic success through a program of financial assistance designed to replace student loans. Once accepted into the program, support will continue for the full-time students who continue to meet criteria for up to four semesters. Named Service Tradition of TC3 Awards include: Seth Buchard – awarded to a student who has a variety of volunteer locations; Robert Squires – awarded to a female in the business administration program; and Jack Hewett – awarded to a student in the communication and media arts program who may have plans to transfer to Ithaca College.

Samuel and Marietta Davie Merit Award

$500

Recipient must be a full-time, matriculated student seeking a degree, enrolled for at least 12 credit hours, and maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better. Recipient must volunteer in the community for at least 10 hours per month. This can be at their church, food banks, Red Cross, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, student government (such as an officer of SAB or PTK), or any other civil organization, as long as the work benefits his/her community. Recipient must also work at least 10 hours a week. However, preference will be given to a student working more than 10 hours. This merit scholarship is renewable each semester as long as the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

TC3 Study Abroad

Varies

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
The Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation established this fund to support the mission of the College to graduate globally aware citizens by lessening the financial burden for students who want to participate in our study abroad program. Recipients may be matriculated in any program at TC3. They should have completed a minimum of 15 credits at Tompkins Cortland and be in good academic standing with the College. The recipients must have demonstrated financial need (FAFSA). As part of theisr application, students must submit a brief essay describing the benefit they will receive from this study abroad experience. Applications for this scholarship may be picked up and returned to room 215.

Torng Scholarship

$2,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a TC3 student with the high financial need and high GPA. Currently enrolled student must have a GPA of 3.75 and incoming high school student must have a B+ or higher grade. Recipient must be a resident of Cortland or Tompkins County and be active in community service.

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Specialty

Diversity Scholars Book

$150
Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipients must be a matriculated second year student with a 2.5 GPA or higher.  Students must reside in New York State and be a student with a diverse ethnic background.  Recipients must have demonstrated financial need.

Seventh Day Adventists

$200

This fund is to provide financial assistance to two single parents at TC3 student who are also actively involved with Phi Theta Kappa. Recipient must be a single parent and an annual PTK member. Preference will be given to a student who utilizes the TC3 day care program.

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Accounting/Business

Accounting Club

$250

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipients must be a second semester student, full- or part-time, matriculated in an accounting or business degree program, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to full-time students. Part-time students are encouraged to apply.

BorgWarner Morse TEC

$1,000

Recipients must be matriculated in accounting, computer science, or engineering science program. Students must have completed at least 24 credit hours and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Two $1,000 awards are given, one to a male and one to a female.

Dryden Mutual Insurance Company
Helen C. Gwilt Memorial Award

$1,250

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This fund is to provide college-related financial assistance to a business or accounting student at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Recipient must be a full-time matriculated student in either the business or accounting degree program. The student could be either a first-time student or a continuing student with a GPA of 2.8 or better (this could be a two-year commitment). Preference will be given to a Cortland County student (Homer, when possible).

First National Bank of Groton

$250 per semester

Recipient will be a full-time, new student with first preference given to students in the business, accounting, or computer technology degree programs. Student will have recently graduated from Groton or Moravia High School with a “B” or better high school average. After the first semester, the student can receive the scholarship for up to three additional semesters if they have achieved a “B” or better cumulative grade point average at TC3. The scholarship will be non-need based. Only one student at a time may receive this scholarship.

George B. Bailey Agency, Inc.

$500

Two scholarships are awarded annually to business or accounting degree program students. Recipients will be full-time students in the business or accounting degree program. Students can be first-time students or continuing students in good academic standing. First preference: Awards will be made to one recipient each from Tompkins County and Cortland County. Two recipients from either county would be acceptable. Scholarships will not be need-based.

M&T Bank

$1,000

The recipient must be a returning student matriculated in the business administration degree program at TC3 and have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The recipient must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours. Awards will be made to individuals with the highest grade point average.

Strategic Financial Services

$1,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a full-time, second-year student, matriculated in a business degree program at Tompkins Cortland Community College with a minimum grade point average of 2.8, and must have demonstrated financial need.

Pam and Spence Silverstein Entrepreneurial Scholarship

$1,000 part time student/ $2,000 full time student Recipient must be enrolled either full or part time in the entrepreneurship, engineering science, or business administration degree program and have completed 15 credit hours while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5.  Chair of the entrepreneurial degree program must provide a reference.

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Biotech/Environmental Science

Emerging Sciences

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This fund is to provide college-related financial assistance to a student matriculated in the Biotechnology or Environmental Science program at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The individual must have completed 24 credit hours and earned a minimum grade of "B" or better. Recipient must have demonstrated financial need.

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Communication

The Society of Broadcast Engineers
Chapter 22 Inc. Fund

$500

This fund is to provide financial assistance to a student who embraces the technology of broadcasting or has an appreciation for broadcasting engineering. Recipient must be a matriculated, returning sophomore in the communications degree program, with a minimum 3.5 GPA. In addition, the recipient must also attend the Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 22 Inc. meeting to present what they learned while studying at TC3. They also must attend a public acknowledgment ceremony held by the Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 22 Inc.

The Broadcasting/Communication

$1,000

This fund is to provide financial assistance to two Tompkins Cortland Community College students excelling in the Communication and Media Arts or Broadcasting Production degree program. Recipients must be a matriculated sophomore in either the Communication and Media Arts or Broadcasting Production Degree Program with a 2.7 or higher GPA. These students must also volunteer with campus clubs or events.

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Computer Science/Engineering

BorgWarner Morse TEC

$1,000

Recipients must be matriculated in Accounting, Computer Science, or Engineering Science program. Students must have completed at least 24 credit hours and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Two $1,000 awards are given, one to a male and one to a female.

The Computing Center Technology

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This scholarship was established to provide College-related assistance to a full-time student in any technology-related academic program. Preference will be given to a student seeking a career as a programmer, system engineer, technician, and other similar occupations. Recipient must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours in the semester in which the award is to be given.

WetStone Technologies, Inc.

$1,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This fund is to provide college-related financial assistance to a student preparing for a career in the field of computer forensics. Recipient must be a full-time matriculated student in the Computer Forensics program and have completed at least 30 credit hours toward an A.A.S. degree and maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better.

New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE)

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a second-year student matriculated in the Engineering Science program at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The individual must have earned a minimum grade of 3.0 or better as an overall average and must have graduated from a high school in one of the following counties: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, or Tompkins.

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Construction Technology

Philip E. Donohue Construction
Technology

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be matriculated in the Construction Technology program at TC3, have completed at least 24 credit hours towards his/her A.A.S. degree, and demonstrated the greatest financial need. The student must have demonstrated hard work, a desire to continue in construction, and a GPA of 2.8 or better.

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Electrical Technology/Engineering

BorgWarner Morse TEC

$1,000

Recipients must be matriculated in Accounting, Computer Science, or Engineering Science program. Students must have completed at least 24 credit hours and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA. Two $1,000 awards are given, one to a male and one to a female.

Intertek Testing Services

$1,500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be matriculated in Electrical Technology or Engineering Science and have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The award will be made to the student meeting these criteria who has demonstrated the greatest financial need.

Precision Filters

$750

Recipients must be enrolled in the Electrical Technology program with a minimum of 30 credit hours completed. The recipients must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Onondaga, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, or Tompkins counties

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Entrepreneurship

Pam and Spence Silverstein Entrepreneurial Scholarship

$1,000 part time student/ $2,000 full time student Recipient must be enrolled either full or part time in the entrepreneurship, engineering science, or business administration degree program and have completed 15 credit hours while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5.  Chair of the entrepreneurial degree program must provide a reference.

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Hotel and Restaurant Management

Greater Ithaca Innkeepers Association

TBA

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
For a student matriculated in the Hotel and Restaurant Management program with a minimum grade of “B” or better as an overall average who has demonstrated financial need. First preference: Ithaca Innkeepers Association employees. Second choice: employees of Sheraton and Clarion Inns.

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Humanities

Michele E. McFadden Memorial
Human Services

TBA

Two awards to two female students enrolled in human services program full or part time with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to female students re-entering college. Second choice is a female student in the Chemical Dependency Counseling or Early Childhood degree programs.

New York State Federation
of Home Bureaus

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
The recipient must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, show demonstrated financial need, and must reside or have parents who reside in a participating county. An additional application must be filled out to be sent to their home office by the Foundation. Please stop by room 207 to pick up the application form.

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Liberal Arts

Dr. Eduardo J. Marti

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient may be any second-year student, with preference given to a Phi Theta Kappa student enrolled in the Liberal Arts and Math/Science program. Student must have earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated the greatest financial need.

Dr. Kenneth Lieberman
Memorial

$1,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipients must have completed at least 15 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. The recipient may be enrolled full or part time. The Individual who plans to pursue a career in the health field will be given preference for this award.

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Math and Science

Orthodontic Group of the Finger Lakes –
Dr. Edward C. King Memorial

$850

Given to a matriculated Liberal Arts Math/Science student who has completed a minimum of 30 credit hours toward the degree while maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Individuals who plan to pursue careers in dentistry or related health fields will be given preference.

Pam and Spence Silverstein Entrepreneurial Scholarship

$1,000 part time student/ $2,000 full time student Recipient must be enrolled either full or part time in the entrepreneurship, engineering science, or business administration degree program and have completed 15 credit hours while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5.  Chair of the entrepreneurial degree program must provide a reference.

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Nursing

Rita M. Bangs Memorial Scholarship:

$1,000
Recipient must be an incoming student enrolled full-time in the Nursing program.  Student must reside in Tompkins or Cayuga County and demonstrate financial need.  Student must exhibit an ongoing commitment to human service within their community and have intent to be active within the nursing or EMT career field.  

Jane Allen International Nursing Travel

$500 (travel may include January or summer months)

Recipient must be a full-time second year matriculated student in the nursing degree program. ; Students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.5 or better. Preference will be given to a student studying abroad.

G. Arlene Baker

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a matriculated first-year nursing student with demonstrated financial need and the potential for academic success.

Bunny (Elizabeth) O’Brien Schassburger Memorial

$150
This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time, second year nursing student. The recipient must display compassion, competency, a kind bedside manner, and placing the needs of others above their own.  The recipient must display a willingness to lend a hand to their classmates, peers, family and display a level of community involvement.  The recipient must have an appreciation, zest and love of life, family, friends, peers, and education!

In Memory of Theodore M. and Barbara M. Brown

$500
Recipient must be matriculated in Nursing and attending Tompkins Cortland Community College full or part time. They must be currently working at Oak Hill Manor and have completed at least one year of service there at the time of the application.

Dr. Robert L. Bruce Endowed
Second-year student

$200

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a second-year student matriculated in the Nursing program. Recipient must demonstrate financial need and be in good academic standing as described by the College.

Dr. Mertz Nursing

$100 (each)

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This fund is to provide financial assistance for books to students enrolled in the A.A.S. degree program in Nursing at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Recipients must be a second-year student, matriculated in the Nursing program, and with demonstrated financial need. Students must be in good academic standing as described by the College. Students with the highest need will be awarded. The amount of each award shall be $100 each. Two awards will be given in the fall and spring semester of each year. The award will be applied toward the purchase of books.

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Paralegal

Roslyn Kaner Miller Paralegal Scholarship

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be matriculated in the paralegal degree program full- or part-time at Tompkins Cortland Community College.The recipient must have successfully completed Legal Research and Drafting (PARA130) with a “B” or better.The student must have demonstrated financial need.

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Recent High School Graduates

Annual Gift from Paul & Genevieve Suits

$3,325 (for tuition and books)

This fund is to provide college-related financial assistance to a recent graduate of Homer High School who will be attending Tompkins Cortland Community College. Recipient must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours. Recipients are chosen by Homer High School, and the award is announced at graduation.

Cortland Community Foundation

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Two scholarships will be awarded. Recipients will be full-time students in any major and will have demonstrated financial need. One scholarship recipient will be a first-time student who has graduated within the last two years from a Cortland County High School with a “C” or better average. One scholarship recipient will be a second-year TC3 student who is a Cortland County resident and a non-traditional student (age 25 years or older). Students will be in good academic standing as determined by the College.

First National Bank of
Dryden Scholarship in
Memory of Fay Stafford

TBA

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Available to recent high school graduates from Tompkins, Cortland, or Tioga counties (preference will be given to Dryden students), who have been accepted into a Business program full-time. Individuals must have earned a “C” or better average in high school and must demonstrate financial need.

First Niagara Bank

$500

Available to two recent high school graduates (one from Cortland, one from Homer) with high standards of citizenship. Must be accepted as full-time students and be recommended by their high school teachers.

Follett

$500 (bookstore credit)

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This award is for five entering full-time students, with preference given to students from local areas (Cortland, Tompkins, or Tioga counties). Documented financial need and academic achievement are considered. Five awards of $500 will be provided as credit for the purchase of books and course related supplies in the TC3 Bookstore. The awards will be made as $250 in credit during the fall and spring semesters for the first year of enrollment.

Homer Men and Boys
Business

$250

Provides college-related financial assistance to two recent graduates of the Homer public school system with an average of “C” or better. The recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours and pursuing a degree in business.

Ithaca High School Class of 1960

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a full-time matriculated student in any degree program. Preference will be given to an Ithaca High School student, second preference being a Tompkins County student. Student must be in good academic standing as described by the College.

Neil B. Gutchess

$1,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipients must have applied for and been accepted at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The individual, as a high school student, must have earned a minimum grade of “B” or better as an overall average and must have demonstrated financial need. The recipient must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours in each semester in which the award would be made. First preference shall be given to a Dryden resident. Second choice will be a resident of Cortland.

Service Tradition of TC3

Up to $2,000

See description under For All Majors.

Torng Scholarship

$2,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)

Recipient must be a TC3 student with the high financial need and high GPA. Currently enrolled student must have a GPA of 3.75 and incoming high school student must have a “B+” or higher grade. Recipient must be a resident of Cortland or Tompkins County and be active in community service.

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Career Experience Award

Grossman Family Educational Experience Fund

Available each semester

A maximum of $400 will be available each semester. A maximum of $200 will be available per student for each requests. A student is eligible to receive funding once. This fund is intended to benefit students planning careers in chemical dependency, early childhood, education, human services, environmental studies, and recreation. The purpose of the fund is to provide an individual student (or a small group of students) an opportunity to participate in a valuable educational experience that is outside of the realm of what is customarily provided in their program at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Activities that will be considered include (but not limited to) site visitation, conference participation, and lecture attendance.

APPLICATION

In order to be considered for this fund, the student(s) must present a specific, written request describing the experience and how it will be valuable to the student. In addition, the student(s) must indicate the amount of money requested and detail specifically how the funds will be used. Transportation and meal cost may be inculded in the request. The student(s) must also provide a brief letter from a TC3 faculty member supporting their request. Applications may be submitted to the alumni/develompemnt office anytime during the semester. A final report with a brief summary of the experience is due within three weeks of the project end date.

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Grants-in-Aid

All grant-in-aid applications are done in the financial aid office, room 215.

If you apply on the scholarship application for a grant, the likelihood of you receiving the grant is very slim.

Please, return your grants-in-aid applications to the financial aid office.

Carolyn Sotham Fund

For a second-year nursing student who, in the opinion of the nursing faculty, demonstrates clinical excellence. This fund was established by Mr. John Sotham to honor his wife, Carolyn, a nurse.

Childcare Grant

Please see the director of TC3’s child care program for an application for this award. Grant recipients must be enrolled in any part- or full-time program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, which, if not met, will prevent the applicant from being able to continue as a student at the College.

First Congregational Church of Ithaca

Recipients may be enrolled in any part- or full-time program at Tompkins Cortland Community College. To be eligible, applicants must demonstrate financial need, which, if not met, will prevent the applicant from being able to continue as a student at the College.

Joanne Thaler Fund

Recipients must be enrolled in the Nursing program. To be eligible, an applicant must demonstrate financial need. They must commit to, upon graduation, spending a minimum of one year working in a Tompkins or Cortland County health agency. This fund was established by the Thaler/Howell Foundation to honor the late Joanne Thaler.

Martha Gibbs Endowment Fund

This fund honors the former director of the Nursing program at the College. It is available to students enrolled full time in the nursing program. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need, which, if not met, will prevent the applicant from being able to continue as a student.

Michal Black Endowment Fund

This fund supports multiple grants for part- and full-time female students on the basis of need. It was established by the late Dr. Max Black to honor his deceased wife, Michal. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need, which, if not met, will prevent the applicant from being able to continue as a student.

Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation

This fund supports multiple grants for students who are residents of Tioga County. Recipients may be enrolled in any part- or full-time program at TC3. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need, which, if not met, will prevent the applicant from being able to continue as a student.

Mildred L. Lane Endowed Fund
for Students

Established by the late Mildred L. Lane, this fund is available to students enrolled at TC3. There is one award for any major and one for nursing majors. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need, which, if not met, will prevent the applicant from being able to continue as a student.

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Spring Scholarships for All Majors

Charlotte and Riley Whittaker Memorial Scholarship

$2,000 full-time student
$500 part-time student
Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a full or part-time students and graduates of Newark Valley High School with a 3.0 GPA.  Total funds awarded will be $4,000. 

Elaine Brophy Squires Study Abroad

Varies, $300 to $500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This fund is to provide financial assistance to Tompkins Cortland Community College students traveling abroad for reason of academic enhancement. Recipients may be enrolled in any part-time or full-time program at Tompkins Cortland Community College. To be eligible, an applicant must be traveling abroad as part of an academic program. Further, eligible students must hold a GPA of 2.5 and must have completed 12 credit hours. Financial need may be considered.

Native American

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
For full-time Native American students with a GPA of at least 2.5 or higher, or a first semester student who has demonstrated the potential for academic success. The student must have demonstrated financial need and must be able to prove tribal affiliation.

TC3 Study Abroad

Varies

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
The Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation established this fund to support the mission of the College to graduate globally aware citizens by lessening the financial burden for students who want to participate in our study abroad program. Recipients may be matriculated in any program at TC3. They should have completed at least 15 credits at TC3 and be in good academic standing with the College. Recipients must demonstrate financial need. As part of their application, students must submit a brief essay describing the benefit they will receive from this study abroad experience. Applications for this scholarship may be picked up and returned to room 207.

Service Tradition of TC3

Up to $2,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Students must be nominated for this need-based award. The program was established to support the development of a strong work ethic, reinforce the value of community service, and reward academic success through a program of financial assistance designed to replace student loans. Once accepted into the program, support will continue for the full-time students who continue to meet criteria for up to four semesters. Named Service Tradition of TC3 Awards include: Seth Buchard – awarded to a student who has a variety of volunteer locations; Robert Squires – awarded to a female in the Business administration program; and Jack Hewett – awarded to a student in the Communication and Media Arts program who may have plans to transfer to Ithaca College.

Torng Scholarship

$2,000

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a TC3 student with the high financial need and high GPA. Currently enrolled student must have a GPA of 3.75, and incoming high school student must have a “B+” or higher grade. Recipient must be a resident of Cortland or Tompkins County and be active in community service.

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Accounting/Business

Accounting Club

$250

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipients must be a second-semester student, full- or part-time, matriculated in an accounting or business degree program, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to a full-time students, but part-time students are encouraged to apply.

Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little and
Mickelson Accounting Scholarship
in Memory of Dennis G. Jones

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipient must be a returning student matriculated in Accounting; must have completed 24 credit hours, including intermediate accounting; must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the major; and have at least a 2.8 overall cumulative average. Must be enrolled for a minimum of seven credit hours in the semester in which the award is to be given.

Ithaca Association of Insurance
and Financial Advisors

$700

Recipient must be a second-year, full-time matriculated student seeking an associate degree in Business Administration and taking courses in insurance. Student must be a resident of Tompkins or Cortland County with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to a family member of a life underwriter associate (not restricted to the Ithaca associates). If recipient fails to meet qualifications for a second semester, another qualified student will be chosen.

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Computer Science/Engineering

The Computing Center Award for Student
Innovation and Entrepreneurship

$500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
An award of $500 and a certificate of merit will be given to a student in the spring semester of each year. Innovation and entrepreneurship can be defined as initiative, the pursuit of new ideas and methods, or encouraging new and different ways of learning. Innovation and entrepreneurship can include (but are not limited to) such things as demonstrated leadership, service in or to an organization, or the undertaking of a special project related to one’s course of study at TC3. Student must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours in the semester in which the award is to be given. Academic achievement and financial need are considered.

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Electrical Technology/Engineering

Precision Filters

$750

Recipients must be enrolled in the Electrical Technology program with a minimum of 30 credit hours completed. The student with the highest GPA will be awarded $750 in the fall, and the second highest GPA will receive $750 in the spring. The recipients must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Onondaga, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, or Tompkins counties.

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Entrepreneurship

Pam and Spence Silverstein Entrepreneurial Scholarship

$1,000 part time student/ $2,000 full time student Recipient must be enrolled either full or part time in the entrepreneurship, engineering science, or business administration degree program and have completed 15 credit hours while maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5.  Chair of the entrepreneurial degree program must provide a reference.

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Nursing

Dr. Mertz Nursing

$100 (each)

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This fund is to provide financial assistance for books to four students enrolled in the A.A.S. degree program in Nursing at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
Recipients must be second-year students, matriculated in the Nursing program, with demonstrated financial need. Students must be in good academic standing as described by the College. Students with the highest need will be awarded. The amount of each award shall be $100 each. Two awards will be given in the fall and spring semester of each year. The award will be applied toward the purchase of books.

Dr. Robert L. Bruce Endowed Memorial
Nursing

$500

For a second semester, full-time nursing student, GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Robin Wittner Marzolf Save a Life

$200

Recipient must be a Dryden High School graduate, matriculated in the Nursing or Chemical Dependency Counseling program at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Student must have dedication, enthusiasm, and school spirit. Student must be in good academic standing as described by the College.

Thaler/Howell Foundation Endowed

Awards from $250 to $500

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipients must have successfully completed the first semester of the Nursing program and have declared his/her intention to complete the two-year nursing program. Students must demonstrate financial need, which, if not met, will prevent them from continuing.

Women of the Moose Scholarship

$200

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipients must be enrolled in the second year of the Nursing program and demonstrate financial need.

Zetta and Robert Sprole
Endowed Memorial

$500

Recipients must be enrolled full-time and have successfully completed their first semester of the Nursing program, and also have declared their intention to complete the two-year program. To be eligible, the applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Office Management

Professional Secretaries International
Ithaca Chapter

$100

Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
This fund is to provide College-related financial assistance to an Office Management and Administration student at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Recipient must be a full-time matriculated student in the office management program. The student must be a second semester student with a GPA of 2.8 and participant in some form of community service.

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Specialty

Compos Mentis Scholarship

$500
Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Applicants must be registered students at Tompkins Cortland Community College who have experienced a major mental illness such as Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, or Schizophrenia.  Applications from returning veterans are welcome.  Preference may be given to those preparing for a career in a mental health profession. Two awards will be given in the spring semester.  Any public announcement of an award can only be made with the written consent of the recipient.

Diversity Scholars Book

$110
Requires financial aid documentation (FAFSA)
Recipients must be a matriculated second year student with a 2.5 GPA or higher.  Students must reside in New York State and be a student with a diverse ethnic background.  Recipients must have demonstrated financial need. 

New York Firefighters Foundation

$500

The recipient must be a dependent or immediate family member of a New York firefighter who was killed or injured in the line of duty. Field of study and grade point average are not considerations for this scholarship.

Samuel and Marietta Davie Merit Award

$500

Recipient must be a full-time, matriculated student seeking a degree, enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours, and maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better. Recipient must volunteer in the community for at least 10 hours per month. This can be at their church, food banks, Red Cross, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, student government (such as an officer of SAB or PTK), or any other civil organization, as long as the work benefits their community. Recipient must also work at least 10 hours a week. However, preference will be given to a student working more than 10 hours. This merit scholarship is renewable each semester as long as the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

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