Dr. Gwendolyn W. Stephenson District Administration Center

Hillsborough Community College Foundation

hccfoundation@hccfl.edu  • 39 Columbia Drive • Tampa, FL 33606 • (813) 253-7114

Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions

What are the due dates for applying for Foundation scholarships?

The Foundation has 2 awarding cycles:
• in the spring, with a due date of March 15 or later for scholarships beginning the following fall;
• in the fall, with a due date in mid October for scholarships beginning the following spring.

  • Workforce programs may have application cycles different from the above

Watch for announcements on the HCC website and on the Foundation's website for specific deadlines.

I am an international student, can I receive a Foundation scholarship?

No.  Students attending HCC on a student visa are ineligible because international students certify and declare that they have sufficient funds to cover the costs of tuition, books, room and board, personal expenses and health insurance for at least one academic year.

How do I use my scholarship?

You must be registered for at least 6 credits. You will see your scholarship applied directly to your HCC student account via financial aid with the award code: HCC Foundation.  If you have other Financial Aid, you will see the scholarship listed with the other sources.  Application of the scholarship to your tuition balance or for book purchases will be the same as for other financial aid sources.  Any refunds will be processed by the college under its normal refund policies.

What happens to my application if not selected?

Because of limited funding, not all students can be awarded a scholarship.  Please re-apply in the next cycle.

Can my scholarship be paid to me?

Scholarships will be reported to Financial Aid and will appear on your financial aid screen for each semester for which it applies and listed as "HCC Foundation".  Your scholarship will be considered "anticipated aid" along with other sources of assistance you may be receiving.  Funds will be transmitted to your HCC student account and pay toward your HCC financial obligation according to HCC policies and timelines.  As long as you are registered for classes, excess funds may be released to you according to the college's refund policies.  An exception may arise if you receive Title IV Financial Aid funds and the Financial Aid department determines that your total awards exceed the maximum allowed.  Please contact Financial Aid or HCC Live if you need further information.

Can my scholarship transfer to another college/university?

No. The HCC Foundation's mission is to support HCC and its students only.  HCC Foundation scholarships are not transferable to another institution.

What if I have other sources to pay my tuition and/or books?

Some students have Florida Bright Futures, or a Pell Grant.  Both of these sources of funding may be released to the student if not needed due to a scholarship.  Therefore, the scholarship will pay first.  Check the Financial Aid webpage or HCC Live for refund policies, timing or for questions on refundability of other financial aid or institutional scholarships.

What happens to my scholarship if I don’t use it within one year?

Most scholarships are valid for one academic year and the dates will be detailed on your scholarship agreement.  If you foresee not being able to use the full amount within the time period, you MUST contact the Foundation office by the deadline indicated on your agreement to make other arrangements or the scholarship will be void. 

What should I write in my thank you letter if awarded a Foundation scholarship?

Click here for thank you letter suggestions.