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MCCCD Scholarship Database

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Private scholarships and other funding resources are available to students through private foundations and/or external organizations. Certain private scholarships may be available to students regardless of their immigration status. MCC is not responsible for any of the information provided by external organizations.

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Current Scholarships

The list below is not a complete list of scholarships available at MCC.

Veterans United Foundation      Deadline:  Varies
Award – Five bi-annual $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to help pay for tuition and books.
Eligibility – Potential applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at an accredited college or university, submit a transcript reflecting a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and have a connection to the military by being one of the following:
  • Active-duty service member
  • Veteran
  • Spouse of military member or veteran
  • Surviving spouse of a fallen soldier
  • Child of a military member or veteran

How to Apply – Applicants must also submit an essay no longer than 750 words based on one of three prompts made available in the spring (March 15th) and fall (September 15th) by the Veterans United Scholarship Program.

Spring essays will be accepted on April 1-30th and recipients will be announced by May 15th. Fall submissions will be accepted October 1-31st with recipients announced by November 15th.

The time to apply is rapidly approaching!

More information about the scholarship and Veterans United Foundation can be found at http://www.veteransunited.com/about/scholarships/ and http://www.enhancelives.com/ respectively.
  1. Student must be currently and actively enrolled at Mesa Community College and preference is given to students enrolled fulltime (12credits or more)
  2. Student must be a Veteran
  3. Student must have a 2.0 GPA or better
  4. Preference given to students who are not receiving scholarships, AmeriCorps, Financial Aid or any other type of third party funding.
Award – Five bi-annual $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to help pay for tuition and books.
Eligibility – Potential applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at an accredited college or university, submit a transcript reflecting a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and have a connection to the military by being one of the following:
  • Active-duty service member
  • Veteran
  • Spouse of military member or veteran
  • Surviving spouse of a fallen soldier
  • Child of a military member or veteran

How to Apply – Applicants must also submit an essay no longer than 750 words based on one of three prompts made available in the spring (March 15th) and fall (September 15th) by the Veterans United Scholarship Program.

Spring essays will be accepted on April 1-30th and recipients will be announced by May 15th. Fall submissions will be accepted October 1-31st with recipients announced by November 15th.

The time to apply is rapidly approaching!

More information about the scholarship and Veterans United Foundation can be found at http://www.veteransunited.com/about/scholarships/ and http://www.enhancelives.com/ respectively.
Helping Hands for Single Moms     Deadline: Varies

Total Scholarship Funds: Varies
Individual Awards: Varies

Criteria:

  • Attend college
  • Have US Citizenship and reside in Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Carry minimum of nine (9) credit hours per semester
  • Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA or better
  • Have at least one child under age 11 living with you
  • Attend and participate in the Single Moms Network meetings each month
  • Be a responsible and responsive program participant
  • May not reside with a domestic partner

Go to the Helping Hands for Single Moms website for more information.

T.E.A.C.H. Arizona Scholarship    Deadline: Varies

Teacher Education And Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® is a comprehensive scholarship program that links training, compensation, and commitment to improving the quality of early childhood care and education experiences for young children and their families.

There are four components to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program:

  • Educational Scholarships
  • Formal Education
  • Compensation
  • Commitment

Eligibility Criteria:

Child care center teachers, directors, and family child care providers may be eligible for a scholarship if they:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Are employed in the state of Arizona
  • Work in a licensed, certified, or tribally regulated center, family child care home or group home
  • Work a minimum of 30 hours each week directly with young children ages birth-5, or work as a director of a center that serves children ages birth - 5 (Associates Degree Scholarship); work a minimum of 20 hours a week directly with young children ages birth - 5 (CDA Assessment Scholarship)
  • Have the sponsorship of the child care center or family child care home which employs them
  • Earn $15.00 or less per hour

How to Apply:

Visit their website to download the application and for additional information.

A.W. Bodine-Sunkist Memorial Scholarship    Deadline: varies

The A.W. Bodine-Sunkist Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Arthur W. Bodine, a distinguished director of Sunkist Growers and a respected agricultural leader, to provide funds for undergraduate students from agricultural backgrounds who are in need of financial assistance to further their educations.

Scholarship Criteria:

Application Package: Must include all of the following or it will not be considered.

The scholarships are available to students entering any undergraduate grade level who are enrolled in or have applications pending at an accredited college and plan to pursue a course of study leading to a recognized degree. While the award amount may vary, it averages $2,000.00 per academic year.  In addition, selection is based on a combination of college board test scores, an essay and references.

Scholarships are renewable, based on an annual review for up to four years of full-time undergraduate study, and it may be extended under special circumstances.  While in college, the recipients must maintain good academic and disciplinary standings, carry at least 12 graded units per trm and earn a minimum 2.7 grade point average.

A completed application package is essential for consideration.  Students must complete the confidential application which includes:

  • Personal and financial information - including the most recent tax return (students under 21 must attach their parent's tax returns).
  • A written essay discussing personal and agricultural background.
  • Transcript of grades and college board test scores.
  • Two references from teachers, school administrators, employers or community organizers.
  • Download the application

Ongoing Scholarships

Alumni and Friends Scholarship at Mesa Community College   Deadline: Ongoing

CRITERIA

Student enrolled at Mesa Community College, Financial need (per FAFSA), Have a declared major, Minimum college or high school CUM GPA of 2.5, Enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours

AMOUNT

$2,000 ($1,000 per semester) to cover tuition, books, fees, and educational supplies. Awards for students taking less than 12 credit hours will be pro-rated. Scholarship may be renewed for up to 3 semesters. Renewals are based upon the alumni mentor’s recommendation and maintenance of a GPA of 2.5 or above

SELECTION PROCESS AND DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS

Applications will be evaluated based on the quality of written responses in the application materials and financial need. Selected recipients will be notified by the Office of Alumni Relations and must submit a written letter of acceptance and thank you to the donors. Once the acceptance and thank you letter is received, the Financial Aid Office will apply the scholarship award to the student’s tuition and fees and disburse any remaining funds.

Falsifying or knowingly misrepresenting information will result in disqualification and revocation of scholarship funds.

MENTORING REQUIREMENT

An alumni mentor is assigned to each recipient of the MCCAA Scholarship. Scholarship recipients are responsible for contacting their mentor at least twice each semester. Scholarships are renewed each semester based on the mentor’s recommendation.

Your alumni mentor is available to assist you in finding campus resources, provide suggestions as you prepare to transfer to another educational institution, advise you on career issues, or serve as a sounding board and supporter as you consider new opportunities.

Learn more and apply here. Deadline to apply is June 20, 2019.

AmeriCorps Scholarship   Deadline: Ongoing
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien.
  • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Must have a high school diploma, GED or work to obtain one within your year of service.
  • Must attend an orientation session to be considered for the education award (held weekly).
  • Must commit to a minimum of 300 hours of community service hours in one of these different goal areas: Education Services or Healthy Futures.
  • Participants earn a minimum $1000 educational award to pay for college expenses.
  • For more information contact the MCC Center for Service Learning at 480-461-7393.
  • Learn more about AmeriCorps scholarships here.
Mesa Community College Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships Deadline:  Varies

Phi Theta Kappa offers multiple scholarships throughout the year for Phi Theta Kappa members. Scholarships can be found at: www.mesacc.edu/students/phi-theta-kappa/scholarships

Mesa Community College President's Scholarship
  • Must have at least a 3.25 Grade Point Average and have completed 12 credit hours of 100 Level classes (or above) completed at one or any combination of Maricopa Community Colleges.
  • Must be enrolled at Mesa Community College with at least one -3 credit hour Honors class.
  • Call the Honors Dept. at 480-461-7079
  • Visit the Honors website here.
Mesa Community College REACH (ACE) Scholarship Program   Deadline: Varies
  • Must be a current high school sophomore attending one of eight participating East Valley high schools.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Scholarship program allows students to complete community college courses while attending high school.
  • Scholarship candidates must meet with REACH (ACE) Program Director to begin application process.

Go to their website

Arizona Kidney Foundation Bidstrup Scholarship   Deadline: Must apply each semester
  • Must have a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease.
  • Must be involved in a continuous treatment program (e.g., dialysis, transplant).
  • Must be a Arizona Resident.
  • Requires a referral by a renal social worker or dietitian.
  • Determined assistance from other resources not available.
  • Completion of a financial application within the past 180 days.

Download the application

AWS Foundation Welding Scholarships   Deadline: Varies
  • This site provides a variety of Welding Scholarships
  • Criteria will vary

Go to their website

American Indian Services Scholarship   Deadline: Varies
  • Must be enrolled in a university, college, junior college or technical school.
  • Must be one-quarter (1/4), or more, Native American Blood.
  • Must be an undergraduate student with no more than 150 semester credits or 210 quarter credits.
  • Must be full-time or part-time status - excluding non-credit courses.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.
  • Click here to learn more about Tribal scholarships.

Download the application

Catching the Dream Tribal Scholarship Foundation   Deadline: 3/15, 4/15 & 9/15 yearly
  • CDT's objective is to recognize and reward outstanding student achievement
  • This supplemental award is intended to help American Indian Students of any age, from and U.S. tribe, within any state, striving to get an education.
  • All awards are based off merit, academic achievement and ambition.
  • Click here to learn more about Tribal scholarships.

Download the application

Indian Health Career Scholarship   Deadline: 7/15 & 11/15 yearly
  • Must be in a student program for their health career of health related fields of study.
  • Must be American Indian or Alaskan Native with documentation of tribal enrollment.
  • First priority is to the Arizona Indians residing in Arizona.
  • Must be enrolled and accepted in an institution of higher learning.
  • Learn more about Tribal scholarships here.

Download the application

Native American Scholarship Fund, INC.   Deadline: Varies
  • NASF's objective is to recognize and reward outstanding student achievement.
  • This supplemental award is intended to help American Indian students of any age, from any U.S. tribe, and in any state, striving to get an education.
  • All awards are based off on merit, academic achievement and ambition.
  • Learn more about Tribal scholarships here.

Download the application

Navajo Education and Scholarship Foundation  Deadline: 1/1 and 8/1/yearly
  • Must be attending an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Must be an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe.
  • Must be going to school on a full time basis (minimum 12 credit hours).
  • Must have a 2.0 GPA or better.
  • Must demonstrate financial need (official Financial Needs Analysis).
  • Must have been denied a scholarship from the Navajo Nation.
  • Learn more about Tribal scholarships here.

Download the application

Hispanic Scholarship Fund   Deadline: Pending
  • Be of Hispanic heritage.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-155 (not expired).
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA required on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must have applied for federal financial aid.

Go to their website

Lyndell E Lauro Scholarship    Deadline: Open

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be a child or a parent of someone actively serving in the military.
  • Must be enrolled part-time or full-time in any program at any university.
  • Must be pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.
  • Must be planning to return to the work force.
  • Must show evidence of financial need.
  • Must be in academic good standing.
  • Open deadline

Download application here

Transfer Scholarships

Transfer to ASU (Arizona State University) Scholarships
Transfer to ASU (Arizona State University) Maricopa Alliance Scholarships

Awarded to students who have completed an associate's degree with a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.75 or higher. Students who have completed an associate's degree from a Maricopa Community College with a cumulative transfer GPA of 3.50-3.74 may also be considered for this award, contingent upon available funding. To learn more:

Access more information here

Transfer to Chicago Art Institute Scholarship
  • (Deadline: February and September)
  • The Chicago Art Institute is offering 3 (three) $6000.00 scholarships per year to art students
  • Portfolios must be reviewed by Gingher Leyendecker, MCC Art Faculty
  • For complete details, please contact Gingher Leyendecker, Art faculty MCC, phone number 480-461-7623, email: jennifer.leyendecker@mesacc.edu
Transfer to GCU (Grand Canyon University) for online or ground scholarships
  • (No deadline)
  • For students who plan to attend GCU contact 1-877-618-6094
  • Must have completed an associate's degree or have 60 or more transferable credits.
  • Enroll in a bachelor degree program at GCU to become eligible for a $2000 scholarship toward your tuition ($500 per semester for four consecutive semesters).
  • Enroll as a full time student (12 credits per semester) throughout your program as indicated in the university catalog.
  • Must submit complete academic college transcripts and high school transcripts.
  • Go to the GCU Scholarship website
Transfer to Kaplan University Scholarships

Kaplan believes a university should adapt to its students, and not the other way around. That's why Kaplan University has partnered with Maricopa Community Colleges to offer their graduates a 10% tuition reduction and opportunities to benefit from various scholarships. Kaplan University offers four scholarship programs to eligible students. To learn more:

Access more information here

Transfer to NAU (Northern Arizona University) Scholarships
Transfer to U of A (University of Arizona) Scholarships
  • (No deadline)
  • For students who plan to attend U of A
  • Go to the U of A Scholarship website

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Know if I am Eligible?

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. Go to the Scholarship List now.

What Happens When I Receive My Money?

After you have successfully applied and been awarded a scholarship, the information is sent to the 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 (refund).  Your refund 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.  

What if I Receive Private Scholarships from a Donor Outside of MCC?

Please notify the Financial Aid Office that you will be receiving a scholarship to ensure your scholarship is processed in a timely manner and avoid any class cancellations. Please provide a copy of your scholarship award letter to our office. The scholarship award letter is usually provided to you by the donor and it usually indicates the amount of your scholarship and any specific criteria that your scholarship may require such as full-time enrollment, program of study, etc.

Once a scholarship award letter is submitted to our office, we will extend your tuition due date up to seven weeks after the semester has begun as a courtesy to allow enough time for your scholarship to be processed.

If the scholarship funds from the donor are not received by this date, you will be responsible for any balance due to the college. Otherwise, you may be withdrawn from your classes for non-payment and you will incur a debt. If you plan to attend another institution, you must make the necessary arrangements to cancel your classes before your refund deadline date and notify the donor of this change.

If I Receive a Scholarship will it Affect my Financial Aid?

In some instances when you are awarded a scholarship after your financial aid has been awarded an over award may occur. This means that the total of your awards exceed your cost of attendance.

Example: Full time independent (as classified by FAFSA) student living off campus.
  $15,552 ..... Cost of Attendance
- $0 ..... Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  $15,552 ..... Financial Need
- $5,645 ..... Pell Grant
- $1,000 ..... SEOG
- $3,500 ..... Subsidized Loan
- $5,407 ..... Unsubsidized Loan
  $0 ..... Unmet Financial Need - Financial need is determined by deducting your EFC from the cost of attendance.

The example above indicates a total unmet financial need of $0. If a scholarship is issued after the financial aid has been awarded in excess of the unmet financial need we are required by federal regulations to adjust the non-need based aid (loans). If a $2000 scholarship is issued then we would have to determine the amount of the overaward ($0 unmet financial need -$2000 scholarship = -$2000). Based on the negative amount we would reduce the unsubsidized loan by $2000 in order to award the full amount of the scholarship.

In the case of an overaward, federal regulations require MCC to adjust non-need based aid (loans) to correct the overaward. In some cases the adjustment may result in a reduction of a loan or other aid excluding the Pell grant in order to award the scholarship which is the free money in place of the loan.

If your residency status changes from out of state to instate this will change your cost of attendance, therefore, reducing your financial need.

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. 

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 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.

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 County Community College District Scholarship Database

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

The Maricopa County Community College 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.

Study Abroad

The International Education (IE) Office offers two study abroad scholarships to provide financial support to students who wish to participate in a Mesa Community College (MCC) sponsored study abroad program. If participating in more than one program, a scholarship application must be completed for EACH program.

MCC International Education Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Maximum Award (all programs except Puerto Peñasco): $1,000
  • Maximum Award for Puerto Peñasco: $400
  • May be used to fund program fees and/or tuition and registration fees.
  • Completion of  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is optional, but highly recommended.  File FAFSA prior to January 16, 2018.
  • Applications will be scored on the following criteria:
    • Personal Statement of Financial Need: Explain why you need financial assistance and how you plan to pay for college.  How you are currently financing your education (e.g. help from family, financial aid, student loans, working part-time or full-time, etc.).  What difficulties have you faced in paying for your education?
    • Cumulative GPA
    • Student Status: Current MCC student, a MCCCD student, an in-state student, or an out-of-state student
    • Demonstration of Financial Need: Optional completion of 2017-2018 FAFSA.  If you need assistance, visit Enrollment Services or call 1-855-622-2332.

Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Award limited to tuition and fees (1-6 credits) associated with courses that have a start date prior to June 21, 2018 (Britain program excluded).
  • Application for the Maricopa Grant is incorporated into the IE Study Abroad Scholarship application, but REQUIRES completion of 2017-2018 FAFSA.
  • If you wish to be considered for a Maricopa Scholarship Grant, your 2017-2018 FAFSA (MCC school code 001077) should completed prior to January 16, 2018.
  • May be awarded in addition to the IE Study Abroad Scholarship.
  • Applications will be scored on following criteria:
    • Demonstration of Financial Need: Requires completion of the 2017‑2018 FAFSA. If you need assistance, visit Enrollment Services or call 1‑855‑622‑2332.
    • Grant is open to ALL students, but focuses on students of color and/or under-represented populations participating in MCC's study abroad programs.

Scholarship Deadline: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm (no exceptions)

  • Awards will be announced via email by mid-March, 2018.

  • Awards are disbursed to student account during the first week of classes along with financial aid.

What to do before you begin your scholarship applications:

  1. Before applying for any study abroad scholarship(s), you MUST have applied to and been accepted into a study abroad program at MCC.
  2. Get admitted to MCC
    • You will be prompted to enter your Student ID Number. You can find your Student ID Number in your My.maricopa.edu account.
    • Go to My.maricopa.edu to apply for a MEID.
  3. Complete the Student Declaration Form at MCC to update your residency status.
  4.  Make a program fee confirmation deposit of $250 ($150 for Puerto Peñasco) to Cashier Services.
  5. Complete the the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 16, 2018  (at least 30 days before the scholarship deadline of February 16, 2018).

How to apply for the study abroad scholarships:

  1. Complete the general application in the Maricopa Community Colleges Scholarships Database online at maricopa.academicworks.com/users/sign_in.  The general application is only required to be completed once per academic year.  If you have previously completed the general application you may proceed to apply for any of the study abroad scholarships.
  2. Once you begin your scholarship application, you will be able to save your work and return at any time to complete and submit your application.  Make sure you click on save before you log out so that you don't lose all your information.
  3. Once you complete the general application, you will then be able to apply for the International Education Study Abroad Scholarships.

NOTE: There are seven different International Education Study Abroad Scholarship applications, one for each individual study abroad program.  The applications must be completed for each program you plan to attend in order to be considered for a scholarship. For each Scholarship criteria please click on one of the programs.

  1. AFTER YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.  Please check all your answers before you submit your application.
  2. Incomplete scholarship applications will automatically be disqualified.
  3. All scholarships awarded are conditional upon your full participation in your study abroad program.  If you withdraw from your program, for any reason (voluntary or involuntary), all awards will be revoked. If your award is revoked after funds have been disbursed to you, you will be billed for the amount of the award through your My.maricopa.edu student account.

For assistance with the online application, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 855-622-2332.

External Scholarship Resources for Study Abroad Programs

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Application

The Gilman Scholarship Programsponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides awards up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Financial Aid, Grants, and Scholarships for Study Abroad Programs

Financial aid can be used to help cover the cost of participating in a study abroad program. The MCC Financial Aid (FA) Office is dedicated to helping students with all facets of the financial aid process, including scholarships and grants.  For detailed information, please visit the Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Workshop for Study Abroad - If you missed the workshop you can view the presentation by clicking on the link below.

2018 Study Abroad Financial Aid Presentation  (updated 10/12/17)

You can review the MCCCD administrative regulations governing Student Financial Assistance here.