Scholarship Application Guide

How to Apply for Scholarships

Attention New Students

Apply for Admission to NCTC early to ensure sufficient notification time as well as time to complete the scholarship application in advance of the deadline. You must have an active NCTC Lion Pride email account in order to complete the Scholarship Application. Admission does not guarantee a scholarship award.

How to Apply for Scholarships

Step One: Complete Admission Application add

To apply for admission online, go to Apply Texas or to print a NCTC Admissions Application in PDF format and submit it to the Admissions Office on any campus during business hours. An application may also be picked up and turned in at these locations.

Please submit your application as far in advance of registration as possible.

NOTE: When applying through Apply Texas, choose North Central Texas College Gainesville Campus in the drop down box, you will apply to Gainesville but you may attend any of our locations with this application. When filling out a paper application you may bring the application to any of our locations

Admission to NCTC does NOT guarantee admission to NCTC specialized programs such as Nursing and other Health Sciences programs, etc. The specialized programs offered by NCTC have additional qualification requirements. Students interested in pursuing a specialized program at NCTC should consult the Catalog or Department Chair.

International Students

If applying from outside the United States, transferring from another United States, or attending NCTC and another institution concurrently, a few additional steps are required. Please view International Students Admissions for more information or to contact the Admissions Office.

International Students Admissions

Step Two: Admissions Confirmation Email add

Once Admissions receives your Admission Application and has processed it, you will receive an email thanking you for applying to NCTC. The following business day you should receive a confirmation email at the email address you supplied on your admission application providing your login information for MyNCTC and how to access your Lion Pride email.

Step Three: Activate Your Lion Pride Email add

Once your Lion Pride Email account has been created, you can activate it at any time. To do this, you can go to Webmail or by clicking the Lion Pride Email link available on MyNCTC.

  1. Enter your email address as the username, which will be your MyNCTC User Name@student.nctc.edu (For example, SmithJ123456@student.nctc.edu)
  2. Enter your Student ID #.  This will be your MyNCTC password and will either be 9 digits or 7 digits.  If you have a 7 digit password, please add two zeros (0) to the end of it when logging into your Lion Pride Email. 
  3. When you login, it will ask you to set your time zone.
  4. Once this has been set, you should have access to your Lion Pride email account.

For additional help see the Lion Pride Mail Help

Step Four: Scholarship Application Account add

Steps to Sign Up
This is for students who have not created a NCTC scholarship application through the new program AcademicWorks.

  1. Go to AcademicWorks
  2. Enter your NCTC Lion Pride Email Address
  3. Create a Scholarship Password that must contain a minimum of 8 characters and include at least 1 digit, 1 upper case letter, and 1 lowercase letter. NOTE: This will NOT be your Lion Pride Email password
  4. Confirm Your Password: Type the Scholarship Password again in this box.
  5. Open a new browser and go to Webmail
  6. Log in to your NCTC Lion Pride Email account
    NOTE: Your NCTC Lion Pride Email Password should be your student ID # which is 9 digits if you have not changed it. If help is needed with the Lion Pride Email password, please contact the help desk (940) 668-4284.
  7. Once you are in your Lion Pride Email, click on the link in the Email that was sent to you to confirm your identity. Once you have confirmed your account, you can begin accessing the scholarship system.

Steps to Sign In
This is for students who have created a scholarship application in the past. Scholarship Applications are archived each January so a new application must be completed each year beginning in March.

  1. Go to AcademicWorks
  2. Sign In with NCTC Lion Pride Email and Scholarship Password you already created when you signed up to the account in the past.

Trouble Signing-In

  1. Click Trouble Signing In at the bottom of the screen in AcademicWorks
  2. Enter your NCTC Lion Pride Email
  3. Select Recover Password
  4. Go to Webmail
  5. Log in to your NCTC Lion Pride Email account
    NOTE: Your NCTC Lion Pride Password should be your student ID # which is 9 digits (if you have not changed it).  If help is needed with the Lion Pride Email password, please contact the help desk (940) 668-4284.
  6. Once you are in your Lion Pride Email, click on the link in the Email that was sent to reset the AcademicWorks password. This link is good for 6 hours.

Your AcademicWorks scholarship password must be at least 8 characters including 1 digit, 1 upper case, and 1 lower case.

Step Five: Helpful Tips add

Sign in to Complete the Scholarship Application

NOTE: This application is used for both General & Dual Credit applicants


Before you begin, below are some helpful tips to review prior to completing the scholarship application.

The application will ask you to enter information about yourself that will be used to match you to eligible scholarships. It is important that you answer every question completely.

Keep Your Information Current with NCTC
The online application uses information from your admission form. It is important you keep your address and major updated with NCTC to ensure you are considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible. Complete the Records Maintenance Form and submit to Admissions/Registrar’s Office for changes.

Transcripts
If you do not have a NCTC GPA, please submit an official high school or college transcript to Admissions/Registrar's. This will apply to first semester and future students applying for a scholarship. You may also upload an unofficial transcript to this scholarship application. This is recommended if submitting a transcript close to the deadline due to time constraints. You will see Add a New File and click on this in your application to upload the file.

Recommendation Requests
Please request up to 3 recommendations from individuals who know you academically or professionally. You should notify the individuals to expect an email from us. You are responsible for ensuring your reference provider completes this request. This is optional for the General Application but extremely helpful to the Review Committee.  Your reference will be sent an automated email at the email address you provide asking them to provide a recommendation by logging into the online application system as a reference. We have changed how we collect recommendations this year by having references answer some questions rather than upload a letter.

Personal Essay
You will also be required to submit a personal essay that addresses your educational and career plans and how NCTC can help you achieve them. Please also include any extenuating or unusual circumstances you want the committee to consider. You can type your personal statement directly into the text box in the application, or you can cut and paste your personal essay into the box. The scholarship review committee will not meet you in person so this is your chance to let them know who you are beyond the answers you have provided on your application.

Add Another Answer
You will see this under institutional information and recommendation requests within the application. By clicking on this, the system will allow you to add up to 3 institutions you have attended and/or request for recommendations.

Save and Keep Editing
You can save your application at any time by clicking Save and Keep Editing at the bottom of the form.

Finish and Submit
You can Submit your application once the required fields are completed.

Update Your Application
Reviews do not begin until after the deadline date.  If you need to make changes, you can update your application by making the changes and then click Update Your Application to save the changes. The deadline date for changes to be made is April 15th and October 15th.

Complete the Entire Application
Every question you answer increases your chance of getting a scholarship.  Some questions are applicable to specific scholarships.

Proofread, Revise, and Check Your Answers
Remember that spelling, grammar, and punctuation are considered when scholarship applications are evaluated.

Step Six: Editing Scholarship Application add

You can make revisions to your scholarship application up until the application deadline. Just Sign-In and click on General Application to edit your existing application. Once you have finished, select Update Your Application for the changes to take effect.

What's Next? add

A Review Committee will review the applications submitted. Once selections are made, a notification will be sent to your Lion Pride email to let you know if you were awarded or not awarded a scholarship. If awarded, there will be additional information in your award notification about the scholarship and instructions on submitting a thank you note to the donor. Notifications will be sent by the end of November for spring awards and end of May for summer and fall awards.

Contact

Contact Kim Carroll at (940) 668-7731 ext. 4907 or email at kcarroll@nctc.edu for questions or additional information.

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