Scholarships are forms of aid given on the basis of academic merit. Though scholarships vary quite a bit on criteria, award, and duration, they all share one common factor: Free money for your education.

General Scholarship Information

The Student Scholarship program draws together endowed scholarships and donations, into a single scholarship application form. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by March 1st to be eligible for need-based scholarships.

Application Procedure
Download a 2019-2020 Scholarship Application Packet here, and follow the application checklist provided.

Part of the application for scholarships requires that a resume is submitted along with all the other requested documents. The Financial Aid Office gets a lot of questions about the resume, so here is an example of what well developed resume looks like. Resume Example

Current Student Eligibility

1. Enrollment (or plans to do so) in a degree or certificate program.

2. A minimum Cumulative College GPA of 2.0.

3. Completion of 12 or more graded college credits.

First Year Eligibility
If you have not previously enrolled as a college student, you should meet the following minimum requirements:

1.  Apply for Admission to DCC.

2. High School Cumulative grade-point average of 2.25

Transfer Student Eligibility

1.  Apply for Admission to DCC.

2. A minimum Cumulative College GPA of 2.25.

3. Completion of 12 or more graded college credits.

Outside Scholarships

The following scholarships require their own application form and may have requirements different from those of DCC’s Student Scholarship program. 


Buccaneer Excellence Program

Athletic Scholarships

Dawson Community College varsity athletic programs provide intercollegiate competition. The varsity sports are men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s rodeo, baseball, and fast pitch softball.

Students interested in pursuing varsity athletic scholarships should contact the coach; information is available at

Scholarship Searches

Scholarship searches are a great way to obtain information on those available for use at any college; below are a few recommend by DCC. Here are a few miscellaneous links for you:


Scholarship Scams

Watch out for scholarship scams

Never give out your social security number or bank information for a scholarship.

There are six common scams: 

  1. Application and processing fees
  2. Loan Fees
  3. Guaranteed winnings
  4. “Everybody is eligible” – Scholarships all have selective criteria
  5. Unclaimed aid myth – “Billions of dollars of scholarships go unclaimed every year”
  6. “We will apply on your behalf”