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MCC Study Abroad Scholarships
Two partial scholarship opportunities are available to students who wish to participate in a MCC sponsored study abroad program. If participating in more than one program, a scholarship application must be completed for EACH program.
1.) 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 12, 2021.
- 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 2020-2021 FAFSA. If you need assistance, visit Enrollment Services or call 1-855-622-2332.
- If you are receiving financial aid from another MCCCD college, please share your FAFSA with MCC (school code 001077) at least two weeks prior to scholarship deadline.
2.) 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 18, 2021 (Britain program excluded).
- Application for the Maricopa Grant is incorporated into the IE Study Abroad Scholarship application, but REQUIRES completion of 2020-2021 FAFSA.
- If you wish to be considered for a Maricopa Scholarship Grant, your 2020-2021 FAFSA (MCC school code 001077) should completed prior to January 12, 2021. If you are receiving financial aid from another MCCCD college, please share your FAFSA with MCC two weeks prior to scholarship deadline.
- 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 2020‑2021 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 under-represented populations participating in MCC's study abroad programs.
BEFORE applying for a scholarship, students must:
- Apply to and be accepted into a MCC study abroad program PRIOR to February 12, 2021.
- Be admitted to Mesa Community College (if not already a current student).
- Students can admit themselves at my.maricopa.edu.
- Make a program fee confirmation deposit of $250 ($150 for Puerto Peñasco) to Cashier Services.
Scholarship Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm (no exceptions)
Search for 2021 IE Study Abroad Scholarship applications by program name.
England/France/Scotland: TBA in October
Nice, France: TBA in October
Ireland: TBA in October
Japan: TBA in October
IE Study Abroad Scholarship awards will be announced via email in early March, 2021.
- Maricopa Grants will be announced after Summer financial aid begins awarding (typically April/May).
- Scholarship awards are disbursed to your student account during the first week of classes along with financial aid.
External Scholarship Resources
AllAbroad.us has resources to help find funding opportunities, information about making study abroad support career development, reasons to study abroad, information to support diversity in study abroad, and information about discrimination abroad.
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored 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 to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
- Review Early Summer & Summer application cycles. MCC study abroad program fees are due in March, so it is recommended that you apply by the Early Summer deadline (1st Tuesday in October) in order to secure funds prior to program fee deadline. Also, if you don't receive an Early Summer award, you can strengthen your essay and resubmit for a Summer award!
- Applications are reviewed holistically, with consideration of the following selection criteria. View Gilman Presentation here!
- Review Gilman Statement of Purpose Writing Tips.
- Review Gilman Follow-on Service Project Writing Tips.
- Watch videos of Gilman scholars abroad, alumni interviews, and tips from advisors and application reviewers on YouTube.
- For essay writing tips, feel free to contact Jenna Parker, Gilman Alumni Ambassador (studied abroad in South Korea 2014), at JennaLParker4@gmail.com.
Previous Scholarship Awardees
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The International Education Office congratulates the following MCCCD students who were selected to receive this prestigious scholarship:
2014 Gilman Scholarship Awardees
Angelica Deliz (MCC), Lance Mcgraw (CGCC), Lynette Mcgraw (MCC), Donald Meeks (SCC), and Xiomara Wilbirt (SMCC)
2015 Gilman Scholarship Awardees
- MCC - Janasia Spears - participated in MCC Britain program
- MCC - Johnathon Allsopp - participated in MCC Britain program
- MCC - Nicole Brown - participated in MCC Ireland program
- SCC - Alaina Daum - participated in MCC Ireland program
- PC - Araceli Villezcas - participated in MCC Belgium program
2017 Gilman Scholarship Awardee
- MCC - Jesse Roman - participated in MCC Belgium program
2018 Gilman Scholarship Awardees
- MCC - Faith Garland - participated in MCC Britain program
SCC - Kelli Barr - participated in MCC Ireland program
2019 Gilman Scholarship Awardees
MCC - Nathan Henry (Early Summer)- participating in MCC Japan study abroad program
MCC -Varinia Varela (Early Summer) - participating in MCC Japan study abroad program
MCC - Terry Deese (Summer) - participating in MCC Costa Rica study abroad program
GCC - Desiree Fortier (Summer) - participating in MCC Ireland study abroad program
MCC - Caitlin Gerwig (Summer) - participating in MCC Japan study abroad program
2020 Gilman Scholarship Awardees
- MCC - Raeana Landeros (Early Summer cycle) - participating in MCC England/France/Scotland study abroad program
- GCC - Mariah Mayfield (Early Summer cycle) - participating in MCC Japan study abroad program
- GCC - Luz Rosas (Early Summer cycle) - participating in MCC Japan study abroad program
- GWCC - Ci'Mone Rogers (Early Summer cycle) - participating in MCC Japan study abroad program
- SMCC - Dwight Jackson (Early Summer cycle) - participating in MCC Japan study abroad program
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- Must be enrolled in either a Philosophy or Religious Studies course while participating in the 2021 MCC Study Abroad Ireland program.
- Currently enrolled full-time at Mesa Community College for Spring 2020
- Must have completed one (1) course (3 credits) in either Philosophy or Religious Studies at Mesa Community College at time of application.
- Minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA
- Must be able to demonstrate financial need by completing the 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) form at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
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