Service Tradition Scholarship


Nobel Htoo

‘There are about 30 families, and they call me when they need translating help. I feel like I am responsible to help. I also speak Korean, so I am able to translate for other people in Ithaca. It’s something I can do to help.’

-Nobel Htoo, Service Tradition Scholarship recipient
Nobel helps serve as unofficial translator for Burmese families in Ithaca and also volunteers at Loaves and Fishes in the city


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Students who have completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and have financial need are eligible.

Applicants must have a record of volunteer service and be willing to devote a minimum of 30 hours each semester to volunteer service.

Students must also have demonstrated academic success (B or better in high school, 2.7 cumulative GPA) and have either obtained or are prepared to obtain employment for at least 10 hours a week during the academic semester (150 hours per semester).


You can download the form or stop by the financial aid office or Foundation to pick up a copy. The completed form must be returned by March 15 for fall and by October 15 for spring to Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation, Inc., PO Box 520, Dryden, NY, 13053.


A unique and prestigious scholarship program for full-time Tompkins Cortland students that reinforces the value of community service and a strong work ethic as it rewards academic success through a program of financial assistance.


Students accepted into the program, and who continue to meet the eligibility requirements, may receive up to four semesters of support.

Up to $2,000 a year based on the student’s need and financial eligibility.


New Service Tradition scholars are accepted during the fall semester. Some awards may be given for the spring semester depending on funding availability


Students must be nominated by an advisor, faculty member, community member, counselor, employer, or College staff.

Students must show:

  • financial need determined by federal guidelines and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • A history of volunteer and/or community service
  • Academic success, B or better
  • Current employment or willingness to obtain employment