Scholarships

Scholarships are gift aid, meaning you do not have to repay them or earn the funds by working.

They are a form of financial assistance awarded to students based on specific criteria that has been determined by the donor or organization providing the funds. 

Apply for Scholarships

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

Maricopa Community Colleges

Maricopa 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 Foundation

Maricopa 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.

Scholarship List

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 Financial Aid and Scholarship Office and/or the donor group or organization.

However, if the scholarship allows a refund, you will be sent a notification through your Student Message Center (my.maricopa.edu).  

When your record has been updated, you will receive notification that your scholarship money is available as a disbursement (known as a refund). Your awarded funds will be processed through the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP). Through this program you have the option to receive your refund through a check, debit card or direct deposit. For additional information on MSRP please visit https://my.maricopa.edu/msrp.

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

 

Types of Scholarships

College-Specific Scholarships / Maricopa Community Colleges District Scholarship Database

If you would like to apply for Mesa Community College scholarships you would apply online via the Maricopa Community Colleges District Scholarship Database. Mesa Community College (MCC) Students can complete one general application online and be eligible for multiple scholarships automatically.

The Maricopa Community Colleges District Scholarship Database is a tool that can help you to search for college specific scholarships, district wide scholarships, or external scholarships in cooperation with Maricopa Community Colleges.

Students can complete the general application and determine if they want to complete any other opportunities that they may be eligible for. You can begin your application here. If you have any questions on the Maricopa Scholarship Application, please send an e-mail to scholarships@domail.maricopa.edu.

College Specific Scholarships–Mesa Community College (MCC) offers scholarships to students that are specifically for students attending MCC. Scholarships are available online.  Students can complete one general application online and be eligible for multiple scholarships automatically.

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Scholarships

These scholarships are privately funded and open to all Maricopa Community College students. In most cases they may be used at any Maricopa Community College and, in some cases, non-Maricopa colleges and universities. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required to apply.

Apply for Foundation scholarships or check the status of an application.

The Foundation has two main scholarship cycles in February and September of each year.

External Scholarships

These scholarships are offered through various local and national organizations. Free scholarship search engines are available to aid in your search for funding and enhance your knowledge about financial aid.

View external scholarship resources.

Tribal Scholarships

These scholarships are offered through various local and national tribal agencies. Students must apply directly through the tribal agency they are affiliated with.  For additional information you must contact the tribal agency directly.

View tribal agency information.