Frequently Asked Questions

When do I apply for a scholarship from the Wake Tech Foundation?

Foundation scholarship applications for Wake Tech curriculum students are accepted between March 1 and April 30 of each year. Scholarship funds are awarded for the following fall and spring semesters.


Who can apply for a Foundation scholarship?

Foundation scholarships are available to students enrolled in or who will be enrolled in Curriculum Education programs. If you are not currently enrolled at Wake Tech, you will need to apply to the college first in order to receive your Wake Tech key account, which you will need in order to access the scholarship application.


Do I need to apply for a specific scholarship?

No. The Foundation offers hundreds of donor-supported scholarships, each with its own eligibility criteria. By submitting one application, you will be considered for all scholarships for which you meet the criteria.


Do I need to have a FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid office before applying for a scholarship?

No. However, to have the best chance at receiving Foundation scholarships awarded based on financial need, we encourage you to complete the FAFSA. We use a score from the FAFSA to evaluate level of need, but all students, even those without a completed FAFSA will be considered for all scholarships for which they qualify. Completing a FAFSA will simply make you more competitive for the need-based awards. We know not every student can fill out the FAFSA, and this is completely fine. We award many scholarships each year to students who have not completed a FAFSA.

Note: The Foundation strongly encourages all students to complete the FAFSA to ensure they are competitive for all Foundation scholarships and available state and federal aid.


I’m not currently enrolled at Wake Tech. Can I apply for a scholarship?

Yes. However, you will need a Wake Tech key account (issued upon your acceptance to the college) to access the online application, and you must be enrolled before you can receive any scholarship funds.


I am an international student. Am I eligible for any Foundation scholarships?

Yes. International students are eligible for some, but not all, Foundation scholarships. You are less competitive for our need-based scholarships because they are awarded using information from the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid), which is available only to U.S. citizens. However, you will still be considered for all Foundation scholarships (those based on need, as well as those based on academic performance, program of study or other factors). Each type of scholarship uses the same application, and you need to complete only one application to be considered for all Foundation scholarships for which you qualify.


Is there an essay required for the application?

Yes, an essay is required for the Foundation scholarships. The essay prompt can be found with the scholarship guidelines online. Work on your essay in advance to make it quick and easy to apply during the application period. The essay score is a key component in selecting scholarship recipients. Content, spelling and grammar all impact scoring.


My GPA is not very good. Can I still get a scholarship?

Yes. Some Foundation scholarships are awarded purely based on financial need; however, most require a GPA of at least 2.0 (Wake Tech’s requirement for graduation). We will occasionally consider students for scholarships who have less than a 2.0, but this is dependent on the applicant pool and is rare. We take into consideration your GPA at the end of the Spring semester, so if you anticipate your Spring classes will raise your GPA, it is worth your time to apply.


How many credit hours do I have to take to receive a scholarship?

You must be enrolled in a minimum of three (3) credit hours during each award semester to receive a scholarship. Some scholarships require recipients to be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours or full-time (12 credit hours or more). If offered a scholarship, your scholarship offer information will tell you how many credit hours are required.


How much scholarship money do students typically receive?

Foundation scholarships range from $300 to $3,500, and most are at least $1,000. The most recent average award was $1,300.


Will I still be eligible for a Foundation scholarship if I receive scholarships from other sources?

Yes. You may receive other aid and still receive a Foundation scholarship. We encourage students to apply for scholarships from multiple sources.


How are scholarship recipients selected?

All applications submitted by the April 30 deadline are considered for a scholarship. Scholarship essays are evaluated and scored anonymously by Wake Tech faculty and staff volunteers. Applications are then scored based on average essay score, academic factors and financial need (need is a component only for scholarships based on need). Recipients are then selected based on the applicant's overall score in conjunction with the scholarship's criteria. These criteria are set by each scholarship's donor and include but are not limited to demonstrated financial need, academic information (primary major, credits completed, etc.) and academic performance (GPA).


How are scholarship recipients notified?

Once applications are reviewed, the Foundation sends notification emails to the student's Wake Tech email address. We may also use the scholarship system’s texting feature to alert you to check your email for award announcements. Applicants are usually notified by early July.


I completed an application last year. Do I need to do it again?

Yes. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete a new application every year/scholarship cycle.


Can Foundation scholarship awards be transferred to other institutions?

No. Scholarships awarded through the Wake Tech Foundation are for use only at Wake Tech Community College. If you are awarded a scholarship and plan to graduate in December, you may notify us, and we will apply your full scholarship amount to your Fall semester, rather than splitting it between the Fall and Spring semesters.


Where does the money for scholarships come from?

Wake Tech Foundation scholarships are made possible through the generous gifts of our individual and corporate donors. They are not funded by the government.