1. Online Application
Fall Scholarships: January – February / Spring Scholarships: August – October

2. Applicant Selection
Fall Scholarships: March – April / Spring Scholarships: November

3. Scholarship Award Notification
Fall Scholarships: May – June / Spring Scholarships: December – January

4. Document Verification
Fall Scholarships: June / Spring Scholarships: January

5. Check Distribution
Fall Scholarships: July / Spring Scholarships: January

February through May To apply for a TMCF scholarship, students will need to submit an online application with all of the supporting documents. Complete applications include:

  • Online Application
  • Essay (Minimum 500 Words)
  • Student Aid Report (FAFSA)
  • Most Recent Transcript (Unofficial Accepted)
  • Recommendation Letter (On school letterhead)
  • Resume

Fall Scholarships: May – June / Spring Scholarships: December – January

Yes, you should apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for. You will need to complete your Student Profile one time and then have a streamlined process to submit specific application materials for each opportunity.

Students should only apply for scholarships if they meet the eligibility criteria.

If students cannot convert their documents into a PDF, they should scan and save it as a PDF. Once correctly saved, they should upload their documents. If students are still having difficulty, they should visit their career services center prior to contacting TMCF.

No, we do not accept paper applications or supporting documents by mail, email or fax. Students will need to upload their documents online at the time they are completing the scholarship application.

The letter of recommendation is submitted along with the other documents during the online application process.

TMCF has migrated to a new system, so all applicants will have to register and create a new user name and password prior to applying.
If you have done this and your new login information does not work, contact Support at application-support@tmcf.org.

  • Talk to your TMCF Campus Coordinator about which of your talents, strengths, and experiences you may want to highlight to the TMCF team.
  • Ask a trusted friend, family member, mentor, or advisor to help brainstorm essay content and read through your final draft for both content and writing quality before submitting it.
  • When asking for a recommendation, give your recommender detailed information about the scholarship you're applying for and share with your recommender why you think you're an ideal candidate.

First, apply for all scholarships you're eligible for offered by TMCF. Then research other scholarship providers such as your college or university, your local community foundation, and other private scholarship providers.


$5,750,236 of funding for 2019-20 scholarships enables 1,153 students to stay in school.

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