Apply for Scholarships

Apply for Scholarships

There are two different scholarship applications administered by Maricopa County Community College District. For more detailed application instructions please click here.

MCCCD Scholarships

Maricopa County Community College District scholarships require applicants to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Additionally, to qualify for financial aid, including scholarships, you will need to verify your lawful presence within the U.S.

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships include privately funded opportunities that are open to all MCCCD students and in some cases, non-Maricopa colleges and universities, as well.

A FAFSA and verified lawful presence are not eligibility requirements for the majority of Maricopa Foundation scholarships.

Application Instructions

Scholarships are available in different formats. Currently, scholarship applications are available to complete online or in paper. Scholarships vary from each other and each application has specific instructions.

We highly recommend that you follow the steps mentioned for each scholarship application. New and current students at Mesa Community College can apply for scholarships by completing an online application through one system: the Maricopa County Community Colleges District Scholarships Database includes both college-specific scholarships and the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Scholarships.

MCCCD Scholarships Database

To apply for the Maricopa County Community Colleges District Scholarships and/or the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships, students must sign in using their MEID and password. The database provides a variety of scholarship opportunities available through MCC, MCCCD Foundation and other external opportunities.

Click on OURS when you hover over the Opportunities button

To search for Internal Opportunities (scholarships that are available to apply for by completing the online application ) within the Maricopa County Community Colleges District Scholarships, click on “Ours”when you hover over the Opportunities button at the top left.

To search for External Opportunities within the Maricopa County Community Colleges District Scholarships click on “External” when you hover over the Opportunities button.

MCCCD Scholarships Database

New guidelines from the State of Arizona explicitly state our responsibilities in establishing residency and eligibility requirements for all students seeking admissions, financial aid, and other college services. Download and print those guidelines here. We have also provided the list of acceptable documentation for students seeking to establish residency status.

Read the stated criteria carefully. Each listed scholarship clearly states what is required for the award.

External Scholarships

Receiving Your Money

After you have successfully applied and been awarded a scholarship, the information is sent to the college’s Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to be added to your student financial record. Scholarships have specific requirements for disbursement, and some scholarships may not allow a refund. If there are any additional criteria you must meet before receiving your monies, you will be notified by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and/or the donor group or organization. If the scholarship allows a refund, you will be sent a notification by email.

When your student account has been updated, you will receive notification that your scholarship money is available as a disbursement (known as a refund). By signing up for the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP) you can have your refund sent to you by direct deposit or you can elect to receive a paper check. For additional information on the MSRP please visit

Please note that public assistance, transit subsidies, federal financial aid, grants, loans, and other stipends can be affected by the amount of scholarship funds you receive. Financial Aid is responsible for coordinating this information.