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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 14, 2020.
    • 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 2019-2020 FAFSA.  If you need assistance, visit Enrollment Services or call 1-855-622-2332.

    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 19, 2020 (Britain program excluded).
    • Application for the Maricopa Grant is incorporated into the IE Study Abroad Scholarship application, but REQUIRES completion of 2019-2020 FAFSA.
    • If you wish to be considered for a Maricopa Scholarship Grant, your 2019-2020 FAFSA (MCC school code 001077) should completed prior to January 14, 2020.
    • 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 2019‑2020 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 14, 2020.
    • 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: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm (no exceptions)

    2020 Study Abroad Scholarship applications

    • How to apply for study abroad scholarships.
    • Awards will be announced via email in early March, 2020.
    • Awards are disbursed to your student account during the first week of classes along with financial aid.

    External Scholarship Resources 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 Gilman International Scholarship

    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 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

    2019 Gilman Scholarship Awardees

    • $3,000 - MCC - Nathan Henry (Early Summer)- participating in MCC Japan study abroad program

    • $3,000 - MCC -Varinia Varela (Early Summer) - participating in MCC Japan study abroad program

    • $2,500 - MCC - Terry Deese (Summer) - participating in MCC Costa Rica study abroad program

    • $2,000 - GCC - Desiree Fortier (Summer) - participating in MCC Ireland study abroad program

    • $3,500 - MCC - Caitlin Gerwig (Summer) - participating in MCC Japan study abroad program

    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


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      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 awards 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:

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      • Must be enrolled in either a Philosophy or Religious Studies course while participating in the 2020 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
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