Scholarships & Grants

General Scholarship Options:

  • Maricopa Colleges Foundation: https://mcccdf.org/   The application window is limited and is usually open in February for fall scholarships, and in September for spring scholarships.

    • This includes the Herman E. Hendrix (1880-1948) scholarship is specifically for Mesa Community College students majoring in Education.  The award amount varies, depending on the funds available.  Usually, for high school seniors it is $2,000 ($1,000 per semester) for full-time enrollment, and for continuing MCC students is $1000 ($500 per semester) for full-time enrollment; pro-rated for less than full-time enrollment.

  • MCC Scholarships: http://www.mesacc.edu/financial-aid/types-aid/scholarships

  • Sampling of External Scholarships: https://mcccdf.academicworks.com/

  • Free Scholarship Search Service: www.fastweb.com

 

Professional Certificate Pathway Project (PCPP)

The Professional Certificate Pathway Project is a scholarship funded by the Department of Economic Security Child Care Administration through federal Child Care Development Block Grant Funds.  The PCPP Offers tuition for up to 18 credits per school year for early childhood courses (CFS, ECH, EED), and a textbook stipend of $10 per credit at the college bookstore.

Eligibility:

  • Must work a currently registered DES program/provider (center, family, tribal providers).  Note: volunteers are no longer eligible.
  • Must identify an educational goal (certificate / degree pathway) and pursue early childhood education coursework to accomplish your goal.
  • Must complete all courses paid for by the PCPP with a grade of “C” or above to maintain eligibility.

PCPP Step 1: Meet with an MCC Education Studies Department advisor to design your educational pathway.

  • Julie Garner, ESD advisor: julie.garner@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7890, room ES-115.
  • Annapurna Ganesh, ESD chair: annapurna.ganesh@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7305, room TC-122.
  • If you have prior college credit from a non-Maricopa County Community College, please bring an unofficial copy of your transcripts with you.

PCPP Step 2: Enroll in the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry.

  • Gather the Information you will need:
    • Statement of Lawful Presence Form,
    • Front and back of picture ID's listed on Statement of Lawful Presence Form,
    • Education Plan/Course of Study provided by and signed by Julie Garner or Annapurna Ganesh,
    • Unofficial Transcripts, and
    • Proof of FAFSA application.
  • Go to https://www.azregistry.org/ and click on Register Now.
  • Upload and submit required documentation by utilizing your Registry Account Participant File Manager.
    • Click on My Profile under My Tools & Settings (Click here for instructions), then
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Participant File Manager.

PCPP Step 3: Complete the PCPP Application forms. 

  • Fill out and submit a completed PCPP Tuition Application Form (Word) or (PDF) to Annapurna Ganesh.  The approval process may take up to 3 weeks.

 

First Things First (FTF) College Scholarship for Preschool or Daycare Employees

The First Things First's College Scholarship program provides the early childhood workforce access to education and training to achieve degrees, credentials and specialized skills to promote children’s development.  Eligible applicants may take up to 24 college credits per year (including general studies coursework) toward completing a credential, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree in fields determined by FTF to be related to the early childhood education field, such as:

  • Early Childhood Education,
  • Early Childhood Administration,
  • Child Development,
  • Child and Family Studies,
  • Elementary Education, or
  • Special Education.

FTF Eligibility:

  • Early Childhood Professional working in Arizona with or on behalf of children birth through five (priority enrollment for those who work directly with young children who do not already have a degree),
  • Minimum age as defined by college or university acceptance policy,
  • Earn $20.00 per hour or less,
  • Arizona Resident, and
  • Lawful Presence in the United States per A.R.S §1-502.

FTF Step 1: Apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Gather the Information you will need:
    • Your Social Security Number and your parents’ SSNs, if you are a dependent;
    • Your driver license number, if you have one;
    • Your Alien Registration number, if you're not a U.S. citizen;
    • Federal tax returns and W-2 information for yourself and your spouse, if you're married, and your parent(s), if you're a dependent;
    • Records of untaxed income for yourself and your spouse, if you're married, and your parent(s) if you're a dependent.
  • Create your FSA ID at: fsaid.ed.gov/.  Your FSA ID is the username and password you create to complete, sign and access your FAFSA. Parents of dependent students will also need to create a FSA ID so they can sign the parent portion of the FAFSA.
  • Complete your FAFSA at: FAFSA.ed.gov/.  MCC’s federal school code is 001077.
  • If you need assistance with completing your FAFSA, you may call 1-800-433-3243.
  • Note: MCC will receive your FAFSA information 1-2 weeks after you successfully submit it online.

FTF Step 2: Begin the process for admission to Mesa Community College.

  • Create or reactivate your Maricopa Colleges student account. Go to https://my.maricopa.edu/ and in the Technical Help box on the right, click on either Create MEID or Reactivate MEID.  Follow instructions to set up your account user name (MEID), your personal password, and obtain your student ID number (eight-digit number that starts with 3).
  • Return to https://my.maricopa.edu/, click the Student Center icon and log in using your MEID and your password. It may take some time after creating a password to be able to use it to log in to the system.
  • Scroll down to the Admissions section and click on the Admissions hyperlink (Mesa CC, credit/degree, the term you wish to enroll in), and continue answering the questions. When the system asks for which program you're pursuing, choose from the following options: ​
    • (CCL-ECS) Certificate of Completion in Early Care Specialist: for early childhood educators and child care professionals.  All CCL-ECS credits may be applied toward the AAS-ELD degree.
    • (AAS-ELD) Associate in Applied Science in Early Learning Development: for early childhood educators and child care professionals.
    • (AAEE) Associate in Arts in Elementary Education: for university transfer into bachelor programs leading to teacher certification in Elementary Education (1st-8th) or Special Education (K-12th).
  • If you need assistance with your Maricopa student account, you may call 1-888-994-4433.

FTF Step 3: Meet with an MCC Education Studies Department advisor to develop your program of study.

  • Julie Garner, ESD advisor: julie.garner@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7890, room ES-115.
  • Annapurna Ganesh, ESD chair: annapurna.ganesh@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7305, room TC-122.
  • If you have prior college credit from a non-Maricopa County Community College, please bring an unofficial copy of your transcripts with you.

FTF Step 4: Enroll in the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry.

  • Gather the Information you will need:
    • Statement of Lawful Presence Form,
    • Front and back of picture ID's listed on Statement of Lawful Presence Form,
    • Education Plan/Course of Study provided by and signed by Julie Garner or Annapurna Ganesh,
    • Unofficial Transcripts, and
    • Proof of FAFSA application.
  • Go to https://www.azregistry.org/ and click on Register Now.
  • Upload and submit required documentation by utilizing your Registry Account Participant File Manager.
    • Click on My Profile under My Tools & Settings (Click here for instructions), then
    • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Participant File Manager.
  • Apply for the scholarship through the registry.
  • If you need assistance with your First Things First scholarship application, call 1-855-818-6613 or email info@thearizonaregistry.org/
  • Note: The scholarship application process can take up to two weeks once all documentation is submitted by the scholar.  Payment to MCC is required at least 35 days before your first class begins, or the same day of registration if enrolling less than 35 days before it starts.

FTF Step 5: Finish the process for MCC admissions and enrollment.

  • Due to state law, students are automatically charged out-of-state tuition until they prove residency. See LINK.
  • Enroll in classes. See LINK.
  • If your program of study is either the AAS-ELD degree or the AAEE degree, take the reading, writing and math Accuplacer placement tests in the MCC Testing Center.  For sample test questions, testing locations and times, see LINK.
  • If you earned prior college credit, take steps to have them officially transferred to MCC.  See LINK.