Due Dates Near for External and Internal Scholarships

K. Patricia Bouweraerts
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Bradley Woodring congratulates scholarship award recipients at the 6th Annual Legacy Scholarship Reception at TMCC in October 2015.

There are more scholarships out there than most people are aware of, and the deadlines for many college awards are coming up soon.

“The Community Foundation offers scholarships to fit a wide variety of students,” said Margaret Stewart, Communications Director for Community Foundation of Western Nevada (CFWNV). “Graduating high school seniors, students enrolled in college and adult students re-entering school can find a scholarship.”

Most application deadlines are Tuesday, March 1 and a few are slightly later.

“Apply now,” Stewart said. “The Community Foundation’s scholarship applications are open and listed on our website. You will find links to all of our scholarships and their descriptions. Make sure to fill out each application for the ones that you’re interested in.”

A few examples of the scholarships offered through CFWNV are:

  • John R. Stockman Scholarship for a graduating senior from high school or home school in Washoe, Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties, and South Lake Tahoe High School.
  • NV Energy Powerful Partnership Scholarship for high school seniors in the Northern Nevada service area. Up to 30 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded and two additional $2,000 scholarships for dependents of NV Energy employees.
  • Officer Mike Scofield Memorial Scholarship for Northern Nevada students who are active participants in a bible-based Christian church.

Scholarship impacts a family's future

Peter Pippo was awarded the Robert and Judy Dreiling Scholarship for 2015 through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. He is a single father of two sons.

Peter worked in the ski industry for many years; but due to the economic downfall and lack of Sierra snow, his work became inconsistent. He knew he needed to go back to school to gain skills to enter a new area of employment, and enrolled at TMCC in the Production Technology certification program.

The hardworking dad anticipates that the skills he learns will make him an asset to one of the high-tech companies moving to the Reno-Sparks area.

CFWNV scholarships are in addition to the more than 200 donor-sponsored awards that students can apply to through the TMCC Foundation.

TMCC Foundation awards nearly $500,000 for 2015-16

One application to the TMCC Foundation qualifies a student to be considered for more than 200 awards. The deadline for the 2016-17 application is March 1.

There are only eight scholarships that require additional questions to be answered—one example is the Edison Incentive Grant—and students apply directly to these scholarships on the AcademicWorks page, answering one to three specific additional question/s required for that particular award.

The TMCC Foundation awarded nearly $500,000 for the 2015-16 academic year with an average amount of $1,000, said Tara Hawkins, Scholarship Manager.

There are numerous awards for which to qualify, including many general scholarships open to all students or scholarships based on needs. The list of awards includes many categories:

  • Particular subject area awards such as the William N. Pennington Foundation scholarship for nursing students
  • The Nell J. Redfield Foundation Scholarship for students registered with the Re-Entry Center
  • Scholarship awards for students who belong to a specific organization or church
  • Part-time student scholarships
  • Awards for students who are registered with the Disability Resource Center

Colleen Dietlein, a past scholarship recipient is grateful for her award that is helping her to work toward her dream of becoming a full-time studio artist. She is a mother of four children and the family often studies and carpools to school and work together.

“I am very grateful for the scholarships that are so important in helping me with the supplies and books needed toward my fine arts degree,” Dietlein said. “Art supplies are very expensive.”

For more information about the CFWNV awards, please contact Tracy Turner, Chief Philanthropy Officer at 775-333-5499, or to apply for TMCC Foundation scholarships, contact the TMCC Foundation.