How to Apply for Scholarships

Access our Scholarships Application 

To apply for scholarships using our general scholarship application, you must have a student ID number (J number) and be able to login to the MyCCP portal, meaning you are either a current student or you have already applied for admission. To access the application:

  1. Login to MyCCP
  2. Expand the “Student Quick Links” folder in the lefthand menu 
  3. Select “Apply for Scholarships” 

Please note: You must first apply to the College and receive MyCCP login credentials in order to apply to scholarships. Complete our free application today. 

Carefully Review the Application Form

Completing our scholarship application will allow you to be considered for nearly 100 scholarships. Please review the instructions carefully for each section to ensure that you are fulfilling all necessary requirements. 

Browse our scholarship offerings

The College awards scholarships to students depending on their financial need, area of study, extracurricular activities, etc. Visit https://ccp.academicworks.com to see which scholarships you qualify for, then click on scholarships of interest to view requirements for submission. Some Scholarships may require additional action or information to be submitted with your application. You will not be considered for a scholarship if you do not submit all of the required information.

These are internal scholarships intended to provide funding from the College for our community. For national scholarships, please refer to our guide on National Scholarships.

Gather your Materials

Transcript

Current and prospective CCP students must upload an UNOFFICIAL transcript. Instructions for downloading your CCP transcripts are included above the transcript section of the application.  

FAFSA Information 

Although not every scholarship requires the completion of the FAFSA form, many of them do. If the scholarships you plan to apply for do not require a FAFSA application, we strongly encourage you to submit one so that you be considered for the full extent of our financial aid and scholarship offerings, as well as opportunities for national and federally funded scholarships. If you are a dependent or otherwise reliant on another person's information to complete your FAFSA, make sure that you request that information well in advance of your deadline. 

Letters of Recommendation 

One reference is required for our general application. Try to make sure your recommendations come from a teacher, instructor or counselor that you have worked with in recent years who you feel knows you. Feel free to provide them with a short list of your accomplishments or important work of yours that they can reference in their letter.  

Essay

Double-check the essay requirements for any scholarships you plan to submit, making sure that you integrate all required topics into your work.  

Mark your Calendar

Applications for the upcoming academic year are posted on July 1 and may not be submitted after June 30. The best time to submit your application is November 1. This will allow you to be considered for the largest possible number of our scholarships. 

Applications that have been rushed often look sloppy or unfinished. You should plan to have all your materials ready for submission well before your deadline in case you encounter any setbacks.  

Take care to request your recommendations as early as possible to give the writer plenty of time. They will appreciate having a clear understanding of when you need all your materials finalized so make sure you give them a deadline that allows room for error.  

FAFSA is first come, first serve. Students who file the FAFSA in the first three months after it opens receive about twice as much financial aid, on average. The earliest you can submit your FAFSA is October 1 of the preceding school year. In other words, to apply for federal student aid for the 2021–22 award year, you can submit your FAFSA form between Oct. 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.  

You should also prepare to have your essay submission finished in time to allow for revision. 

Tips

Ask for help

There are many resources you can use to make sure your scholarship application reflects your best work:  

  • Our Scholarships Office offers workshops throughout the year. Keep an eye on your @ccp.edu inbox as well as our events calendar for more information. 
  • Ask a trusted friend, family member, mentor or teacher to proofread your essay or application, or find a friend or classmate that’s working on their own scholarship application and take turns bouncing ideas off each other.  
  • Current students can make an appointment with a tutor at the Learning Lab for help with proofreading or writing your essay. 
  • If you get stuck and can’t find answers, check out our Scholarship FAQs or contact scholarships@ccp.edu or 215.496.6182.
Do some research.

Are you unsure about essay conventions or how to tell a compelling story? There are a lot of resources online that can help explain the process of writing for scholarship applications. Here is a good article from Scholly to get you started. 

Review your application thoroughly. 

You cannot change or access your application once it is submitted, so pay attention to the details and make sure all information is as accurate as possible on both your FAFSA and scholarship application. Make sure to use correct grammar and punctuation, address topics concisely, and follow directions regarding essay length. 

Save your work.

Carefully draft your essay in a Word document. Then, copy and paste your essay in the application. Save your application at any time and return later to continue.

Sing your own praises. 

Don’t be shy! This is your time to brag about your accomplishments and share what makes you unique. What are you passionate about? What hardships have you overcome? Let your voice shine through. You should be proud of who you are, where you’ve been and where you are going. 

Don’t give up. 

If you are not awarded any scholarships the first time you apply, try again next year! You can use your first submission as a rough draft and continue to improve your work. It is common for students to be awarded a scholarship their second or third time applying, especially if they have shown improvement in their academic performance.  

Don’t ignore small awards.

Smaller awards can add up, and usually have fewer applicants. If you qualify for one or more of our smaller scholarship offerings, make sure you review all requirements and include the necessary elements in your application.