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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.

    2023 information coming soon!

    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 two weeks before the scholarship deadliine.
    • Applications will be scored on the following criteria:
      • 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?
      • Statement on How Study Abroad Will Impact Your Life
      • Cumulative GPA
      • Program Destination
      • Demonstration of Financial Need: Optional completion of 2022-2023 FAFSA.  If you need assistance, visit Enrollment Services or call 1-480-731-8900.
        • 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 registration fees (3-6 credits) associated with courses that have a start date prior to June 16, 2023 (Britain and Puerto Peñasco programs excluded).
    • Application for the Maricopa Grant is incorporated into the IE Study Abroad Scholarship application, but REQUIRES completion of 2022-2023 FAFSA.
    • If you wish to be considered for a Maricopa Scholarship Grant, your 2022-2023 FAFSA (MCC school code 001077) should completed prior to two weeks before scholarship deadline.  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 2022‑2023 FAFSA. If you need assistance, visit Enrollment Services or call 480-731-8900.

    BEFORE applying for a scholarship, students must:

    • Apply to and be accepted into a MCC study abroad program PRIOR to the scholarship application deadline.
    • Be admitted to Mesa Community College (if not already a current student).
    • Make a program fee confirmation deposit of $250 ($150 for Puerto Peñasco) to Cashier Services.

    Scholarship Deadline: 2023 TBA (no exceptions)

    • Search for 2023 IE Study Abroad Scholarship applications by program name (TBA)

      • England and Scotland (aka Britain)

      • Ireland:

      • Italy:

      • Japan:

      • Puerto Peñasco, Mexico:

    • IE Study Abroad Scholarship awards will be announced via email in late February.

    • 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.

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    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    Gilman Scholarship Top ProducerThe U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables American undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to study and intern abroad through scholarships of up to $5,000.  Students studying critical need languages are eligible for scholarships up to $8,000.

    MCC study abroad program fees are due in March.   We suggest that you apply by the October deadline (typically 1st Tuesday in October) in order to secure funds prior to the program fee deadline.  If you don't receive an October deadline award, you can strengthen your essay and resubmit for a March deadline (1st Tuesday in March) award.  October deadline awards are announced by December. March deadline awards are announced by May.

    • Applications are reviewed holistically, with consideration of the following selection criteria.  For helpful information, view Gilman Presentation here!
    • Review writing tips for Gilman Essays.
    • Review writing resources for ideas on crafting your Statement of Purpose:
    • Bring your draft to the Writing Center and get feedback on how to polish your "diamond in the rough"!
    • Get advice from a Gilman Alumni Ambassador (Gilman awardee alumni) on how to write your essay. Feel free to contact Ryuu Uchiha at RyuuKUchiha@hotmail.com for advice!
    • For application instructions, review this walkthrough video.
    • Watch videos of Gilman scholars abroad, alumni interviews, and tips from advisors and application reviewers on YouTube.

    Gilman-McCain Scholarship

    • Must be a child dependent of an active/activated US military personnel during time of application.
    • Must be a Title IV federal financial aid recipient.  Title IV funds include:
      • Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
      • Direct PLUS Loans
      • Federal Pell Grants
      • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOGs)
      • Federal Perkins Loans
    • Use the same Gilman application system as other Gilman Scholarship applicants.  Applicants will simply confirm that they are child dependent of an active duty military member of the U.S. Armed Forces (Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve, Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy, Navy Reserve, Space Force, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and USPHS Commissioned Corps).
    • If a student is receiving a Federal Pell Grant and is also a child dependent of an active duty military member, then the student is eligible for both Gilman scholarships and will automatically be considered for both but eligible to receive only one. If they are selected for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship, then they will no longer be considered for the Gilman Scholarship.

    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 -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

    2022 Gilman Scholarship Awardees

    • ASU - Anastaysia Andreyeva - MCC France study abroad participant
    • MCC - Maria Abadia - MCC Ireland study abroad participant
    • MCC - Shirley Beltran - MCC France study abroad participant
    • MCC- Amanda Christianson - MCC France study abroad participant
    • MCC - Charis Hayward - MCC Britain study abroad participant
    • MCC - Georgina Mendez Fischer - MCC Britain study abroad participant
    • SMCC - Elizabeth Tejeda Payan - MCC Ireland study abroad participant

    Gilman-McCain Scholarship Award

    A congressionally funded initiative of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and named after the late senator John S. McCain from Arizona.
    The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 for child dependents of active duty service members to study or intern abroad on credit-bearing programs.

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      Fund for Education Abroad General Scholarship

      Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeksFund for Education Abroad gives preference to students with demonstrated financial need, and strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. These groups include, but are not limited to:

      • First-generation college students
      • Minority students
      • Community college students

      Application cycle opens in November.  Deadline:  January

      2019 Fund for Education Abroad Rainbow Scholarship

      • $1,473 - PC - Reynaldo Bujan - participating in MCC Britain study abroad program

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      For students interested in international relations, diplomacy, international trade or any area of international business, Global Ties offers a $2,000 scholarship opportunity.

      Healthcare Heroes Scholarship

      The GK Legacy Healthcare Heros Scholarship is open to Arizona residents age 25 years or older and can be used for a degree in healthcare. The next cycle opens September 1, 2022.  Scholarships range from $500-$5,000.

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      As the nation’s largest provider of college financial aid to Latino students, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a diverse range of scholarship programs.

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      The GK Legacy Foundation Keep Your Chin Up Scholarship Fund is open to Arizona residents age 25 years or older who are interested in attending college, or any accredited vocational or technical program that will improve their workforce skills. There are two scholarship cycles in February and September of each year.  The next cycle opens September 1, 2022.  Scholarships range from $500-$5,000.

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      MCC Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship

      The MCC Honors Department has a scholarship opportunity for MCC Honor students who may be participating in one of the study abroad programs.  For more information, please visit the MCC Honors website or call 480.461.7143.

      MCC Service Scholarship

      For Mesa Community College (MCC) students who have participated in a minimum of 100 hours of community service at a non-profit or government agency within the past 12 months of the submission date of application, you can receive a $500 scholarship award!

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      Mitch Zelman Academic Scholarship

      “I was fortunate to be able to continue my education past high school, which ultimately helped me follow my dreams of working in business and risk management. I wanted to find a way to give back. What better way than investing in the future?” says Mitchel Zelman.

      Nancy Etz Scholarship

      Prepare a 500-word essay that answers the following prompt: “Describe an area in your life where you demonstrated leadership and overcame obstacles in either your school, society, or family life”.

      Phoenix College Gregory M. Adams Study Abroad Scholarship

      Phoenix College students may apply for the Gregory Adams Study Abroad Fellowship via the Maricopa Community College Foundation.  Award amounts vary.

      Project GO - For ROTC Students

      Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students.  Project GO provides scholarships to ROTC students in three services for critical languages study domestically and abroad.  Project GO programs focus on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and South America.

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      South Mountain CC International/Intercultural Study Abroad Student Program

      Provides financial assistance for South Mountain Community College students in the form of scholarships to support qualified students who wish to participate in a Maricopa Community Colleges District (MCCD) Study Abroad Program.  Deadline: TBA

      https://www.southmountaincc.edu/current-students/study-abroad

      For more information, contact Steven Fountaine at SMCC in Room LA322, at 602.305.5648, or at steven.fountaine@southmountaincc.edu.

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