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Scholarships are a great way to pay for your education or technical training. New scholarships are announced throughout the year, so it's good to check back to this page frequently for information on the latest opportunities, as well as links to application information and other details. Click here for additional scholarship resources.

Pierce College Foundation Scholarships

Applications for the 2015-16 annual awards are due on April 9, 2015.

Apply on-line at and complete a profile and be matched with scholarships for which you meet the criteria. Students submit one application to be considered for all Foundation Scholarships.

  • Taking at least 10 credits at the time of application and have a 3.0+ GPA.
  • Enrolled in at least 10 credits at Pierce College winter quarter 2015.
  • 3.0+ GPA as additional criteria.
  • If you are a first quarter student, you may apply without a GPA.
  • A one-page essay and letter recommendation are required.
  • A completed FAFSA application on file with Pierce College Financial Aid 30 days before your application is submitted.

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Next Step Scholarship

Open to: Pierce College Students (Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom) transferring to UW-T Fall 2015 – having completed an AA no earlier than September 1, 2014.

Award: Up to $6,000 per year for two years.

Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.5; Permanent Washington State Resident.

Three applicants will be nominated by each college president and forwarded to the UW-T Scholarship Selection Committee. One recipient from each college will be announced.

Application materials are available here.

Application deadline: March 30, 2015

Paper application must be submitted to:

Marion Sharp
Gaspard Administration Building, Room 108D
1601 39th Ave SE
Puyallup, WA 98374

Transfer Scholarships for Exceptional Students

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount: Awarded up to $7,500
  • Deadline: January 23, 2015

We are searching for students with strong commitment to a career in research in mathematics, the natural sciences, medicine, or engineering.

Click to Preview the Application

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

  • Scholarship Amount: Awarded up to $5,000
  • Deadline: March 4, 2015

We are searching for College sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

Click to preview the application

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low and middle income students pursuing eligible, high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care.

Up to $22,500 for 2015-2016 Academic year.

  • GPA 2.75
  • Completed FAFSA
  • Annual awards range from $2,500-$7,500.
  • Renewable up to five years based on credits completed and continued eligibility.
  • Approximately 700 applicants selected.

Applications available: Jan. 5, 2015
Deadline: March 2, 2015

Applications can be found at the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Website.

Leadership 1000 Scholarship

The Leadership 1000 Scholarship provides college scholarships to students who will be attending an eligible four-year college or university in Washington state. A Leadership 1000 Scholarship can be customized around a general set of requirements requested by the donor.

Up to $20,000 for 2015-2016 Academic year.

  • Annual awards range from $2,500-$5,000.
  • Some scholarships are renewable for up to four years.
  • Approximately 60 applicants selected.

Applications available: Jan. 12, 2015
Deadline: March 9, 2015

Applications can be found at the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Website.

Governors' Scholarship

The Washington State Governors' Scholarship for Foster Youth helps young men and women from foster care continue their education and earn a college degree. The program has been supported by the current and former governors in Washington state.

Up to $20,000 for 2015-2016 Academic year.

  • Annual awards range from $2,000-$4,000.
  • Renewable for up to five years.
  • Approximately 50 applicants selected.

Applications available: Jan. 12, 2015
Deadline: March 9, 2015

Applications can be found at the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Website.

Bill Stoner Endowment Scholarships

Four Bill Stoner Endowment Scholarships will be awarded to assist recipients in reaching their educational and career goals.  The $1,250 awards are paid directly to the recipient's college or university to be used toward tuition or books.

  • Scholarship Amount: $1,250
  • Deadline: March 4, 2015
Scholarship Criteria:
  • Adult learner attending Pierce College
    OR homeschooled resident of Puyallup or Sumner
    OR PHS, RHS, ERHS, WHS, SHS or BLHS graduating senior.
  • Attending an accredited two or four year college or university (adult learners must be attending Pierce College).
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (n/a for adult learners).
  • Demonstrated financial need.
Include the Bill Stoner Endowment Scholarship Application form and the following:
  • Unofficial transcripts (high school or most recent two years of schooling).
  • Two letters of recommendation – one from a scholastic contact, one from a community contact. Both letters should include contact information and must have been written within the last 12 months.

Download the Application


Brenda Godfrey / Jack Elms Scholarship

The Brenda Godfrey / Jack Elms Scholarship for Non-traditional Students from the Red Canoe Credit Union.

  • Scholarship Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: March 31, 2015
This scholarship is looking for Non-Traditional Students such as:
  • Adult learners.
  • Students who didn't go directly to college after graduating high school or receiving their GED.
  • Students who are starting their higher education later in life.
  • Students who have experienced an interruption in their college education for at least one year and are now returning to college to complete their degree.
In addition to completing the application form, applications must inlcude:
  • A copy of high school diploma or GED certificate.
  • A signed letter of recommendation, addressing citizenship, character, motivation, and academic potential.

Download the Application


  • Horst and Carol Marschall Scholarship – Application deadline March 2, 2015

When Horst Marschall (long-time Executive Director of the Pierce College Military Program) retired, faculty and staff at Pierce College funded a scholarship in recognition of his leadership, vision and support for staff, faculty and students at JBLM. The scholarship is for a Pierce College student who is enrolled at JBLM and is currently serving in any of the US Armed Forces (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves serving on active duty).
Click here to view the application for the scholarship.

  • Jennifer Jamison Textbook Scholarship – Application deadline March 9, 2015

The Jennifer Jamison Textbook Scholarship provides $200 for textbooks for military-affiliated students at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Application is open to veterans, active duty military personnel and their family members, with preference going to those who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Qualified applicants must be enrolled in at least 10 credits at Pierce College and have a minimum 3.3 GPA at the time of application. Funds will be made available to winners for spring quarter 2015. Click here to view the application for the scholarship.

Scholarships at Pierce College, 2014-2015

  • Altrusa International of Tacoma Scholarship
  • Athyleen Nicholson Endowed Scholarship
  • Buster Brouillet Scholarship
  • Dale McGinnis Scholarship
  • Pierce College Foundation Scholarships
  • Fuchs Foundation Scholarship
  • Gonter Family Childcare Stipend
  • Grace Koopmans Endowed Scholarship
  • Gregg & Cherry Tinker Scholarship
  • Horst Marshall Military Scholarship
  • Jennifer Jamison Textbook Scholarship
  • Joane Moceri Scholarship
  • Kyile Lee Schreiner Memorial Scholarship
  • Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
  • Lora Kerns Scholarship
  • Nightingale Nursing Scholarship
  • Daniel Parker Memorial Scholarhsip
  • Pearl H. Baumgartner Scholarship
  • Pearl Rose Education Scholarship
  • Peter Hartman Book Fund
  • Phil & Linda Yates Scholarships
  • Raider Athletic Scholarship
  • Richard A. Soileau Scholarship
  • Sharon Golightly Scholarship
  • South Hill Rotary Scholarship
  • Steilacoom Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
  • Steve & Sandy Wall Endowed Scholarship
  • Students for Students Book Fund
  • Carol Vanneson Memorial Scholarship
  • Thompson Family Housing Scholarship
  • Wendy Mason Memorial Scholarship

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The Pierce College Foundation acquires private funding for the college, provides enhancements to college programs, improves access for students, and promotes the college to the community. For more information about the Pierce College Foundation, visit the Foundation Web site.