LACCF Scholarships Required Documents & FAQs
1. Unoffical transcripts, including transcripts from other schools you’ve attended.
LACC unofficial transcripts can be found on your SIS account, under the ‘Transcripts’ tab.
2. Copy of your current LACC registration
You can get your registration from the LACC Business Office. A print out of your schedule will not suffice.
3. Proof of unemployment from EDD, if applicable.
4. Expected Family Contribution page from FAFSA or your Financial Aid Award Letter from the Financial Aid office that shows your unmet need.
You can print off a copy of your Award Letter from your SIS account, under the ‘Financial Aid’ tab. Make sure to select the correct school year.
The photo should be in passport photo style.
Go to the LACC Foundation website at www.laccfoundation.org. It takes a lot of work to get scholarships, but the reward is well worth the time involved.
SO THERE IS ONLY ONE APPLICATION FOR ALL THE SCHOLARSHIPS? HOW MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?
There is one application which puts you in the running for all our 46 available Spring 2017 scholarships except for the Osher scholarship.
When you are on the Scholarship portal home page, you should see two applications: Spring 2017 Los Angeles City College Foundation Scholarships is the general application. Spring 2017 Osher Initiative for California Community College Students Scholarship Application is a separate application.
If you’d like to also apply for Osher, please read the requirements and fill out the application separately.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS?
The LACC Foundation scholarship deadline is March 26 for the Spring 2017 semester and first week of September for the fall semester. Keep in mind that many scholarships are only awarded once a year, so missing a deadline can mean missing out until the next cycle. Late applications are not accepted!
WHERE CAN I PICK UP A PAPER APPLICATION?
All of our scholarships for Spring 2017 are online. No paper applications are available.
I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT – CAN I APPLY?
You can still apply for the LACCF scholarships – but keep in mind that most if not all of our scholarships are for permanent residents (U.S. Citizens).
I AM A PART-TIME STUDENT or NEW STUDENT – CAN I STILL APPLY?
Yes, however, keep in mind that most scholarships require students to be full-time (12 units minimum) and to have already completed at least 12 units at LACC.
If you have concerns about whether or not you qualify for any of the scholarships, please compare the list of available Spring 2017 scholarships (www.laccfoundation.org/students/apply-for-scholarships) with the scholarship archive list on the application portal (To access: Go to LACCfoundation.org – Apply for Scholarships – Sign in – Search Scholarships – View All). The scholarship archive will have the qualifications for almost all the available scholarships.
IF THE REQUIRED G.P.A. IS 3.6 FOR A SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIP AND I HAVE A 3.5, SHOULD I STILL APPLY?
Yes! You might be able to qualify for other scholarships that have a lower GPA requirement. Remember, we only have one application for all available scholarships. If you don’t meet the criteria exactly for a particular scholarship, you might qualify for at least one other! You won’t know until you apply.
WHAT SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS?
LACC Transfer students are eligible for all scholarships available to LACC returning students. Scholarships are generally awarded at the end of the spring semester, which may make sources very limited for fall semester transfers.
I DON’T RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID. WHAT SHOULD I UPLOAD IN PLACE OF MY FINANCIAL AID AWARD LETTER?
Instead of uploading your award letter, upload a Word Document or PDF that states why you are not receiving financial aid. Also, please include some details about your financial situation (are you working, do you have dependents, etc.) so the scholarship committee can more easily establish your financial need.
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY QUESTIONS AT THE END OF THE APPLICATION?
The questions on the 4th and 5th pages of the application are supplementary questions. Some of the available scholarships are aimed at specific groups (nursing students, the unemployed, etc.) and require additional information.
WHEN WILL I HEAR BACK IF I HAVE RECEIVED A SCHOLARSHIP?
After the April 1st deadline, the scholarships will need to be reviewed by our committee. There is no exact date that candidates will be awarded the scholarships, but we will notify awardees as soon as the committee reaches their decisions. Please double-check that all your contact information is accurate, so if you are awarded a scholarship we can easily contact you.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP AND A MERIT SCHOLARSHIP?
Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit; thus, students distinguished by academic excellence, participation in extracurricular activities and involvement in community service have the best chance at receiving one of these rewards. Lottery scholarships, on the other hand, are chosen at random, meaning every student who applies has an equal chance of winning.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS?
Merit-based scholarships are based on prior academic performance. Other criteria may include leadership, involvement in activities, geographical background, ethnic background, intended major, and career goals. Pay special attention to the eligibility requirements and selection criteria for each scholarship.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS?
To be eligible for need-based LACC Foundation scholarships, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal FAFSA. The government uses this form to calculate an estimated family contribution (EFC). The financial aid office subtracts your EFC from your cost of attendance to determine your financial need. If you are determined to have financial need, you may be eligible for some need-based scholarships.
HOW DOES THE LACC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE CHOOSE A WINNER?
Each scholarship requirement is different and we are looking for different skills or interests. A winner must meet all of the standard criteria required for the scholarship but also distinguish himself from the rest of the applicants. Read about the scholarship and try to determine what exactly the scholarship donor is looking for so that you can emphasize your related qualities in your essay.
WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF RECEIVING A SCHOLARSHIP?
This depends largely upon the scholarship, how well you meet qualifications and the level of effort that you exert in your search. Typically, if you can find scholarships that are limited to students within a state, city, sport or academic area, you have a better chance of winning. The more applicants there are for a particular offer, the less chance you have of winning. Choose scholarships that give you an opportunity to exercise your skills in an area of interest to you —this should increase your chance of winning. Also, keep in mind that to find money for college, you have to create your own success by committing the time and brain power necessary to achieve your goal.
HOW DOES COMMUNITY SERVICE INCREASE MY CHANCES FOR RECEIVING A SCHOLARSHIP?
Not only is community service experience a common essay topic but your involvement in community service can distinguish you from other applicants. Scholarship providers often look for this quality because they are looking to assist in funding the education of someone who gives back to their community and values making contributions of time and service for its benefit.
WHO SHOULD I ASK TO WRITE MY LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION?
You should ask your professors and/or a community service contact (if applicable). Do not ask a friend or family member. A letter of recommendation is similar to a professional reference; choose someone who can articulate your strengths and praise your accomplishments.
DOES THE AMOUNT I RECEIVE IN SCHOLARSHIPS AFFECT MY ELIGIBILITY FOR FINANCIAL AID?
Most likely yes, the LACC Foundation gives your award information to the Financial Aid. If this happens, the school financial aid office adjusts your unmet financial need accordingly.