Scholarship FAQs

How do I know if I am eligible to apply for a scholarship?

New and returning students who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program are eligible to apply for a scholarship from MCC Foundation.

How do I apply?

Current and returning students: Scholarship applications are now online. Begin your application.

Recent high school graduates: Please contact or call the Foundation office at 860-512-2905 for a paper application.

Where can I get assistance with my application?

Questions on the Application

Email or call 860-512-2905.

Help with writing the essay

Please contact the Writing Center within the Academic Support Center if you need assistance completing your essay.  Call 860-512-2610 for hours and to learn more.

Help with FAFSA and Financial Aid

The Financial Aid office can assist students with information on applying for the FAFSA and financial aid. Visit the office in L177, email or call 860-512-3380 to learn more.

General questions

Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for general help and questions about scholarships through MCC Foundation.


Call: Diana Reid at 860-512-2909.

How are scholarship awards determined?

For tuition assistance scholarships, the foundation office works with the financial aid and admissions office to determine a student’s need. For merit scholarships, a scholarship committee reviews merit applications, which are scored based on GPA (min. 3.0 is required), personal statement, community involvement and letter of recommendation (required). We work to match each student with a scholarship that fits the criteria set by our scholarship donors, and and the student’s level of need.

What if I have financial aid?

In many cases, students who are receiving financial aid and have an outstanding tuition balance may be eligible for a scholarship. We work with the financial aid office to determine if a student is eligible for a scholarship and the amount that could be awarded.

If you have a full Pell Grant, you will want to consider applying for an academic merit-based scholarship. Merit scholarships require a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a letter of recommendation from an MCC professor or staff member.  Financial need-based awards are geared towards students with outstanding tuition balances.

What if I maxed out my financial aid?

Students who have exhausted their financial aid resources are encouraged to apply for a tuition assistance scholarship.

What if I am an international student?

International students enrolled in a degree or certificate program at MCC are typically eligible and encouraged to apply for MCC Foundation scholarships as long as they have been at MCC for at least one full semester.

How much tuition will an MCC Foundation scholarship cover?

Most scholarship awards range from $250 to $1500.

Can scholarship awards be used for books and supplies?

Some of the scholarships have this flexibility, but not all of them. There are limited funds available for textbook scholarships from the Student Affairs office.

What if I already have a bachelor’s degree?

If you are enrolled in a degree or certificate program at MCC, you are encouraged to apply for a scholarship through MCC Foundation, regardless of your previous educational achievements.

When will I receive the scholarship funds?

The Bursar’s office provides us the date when they would like the scholarship checks sent to them. Scholarship funds are generally posted to student accounts within two weeks after financial aid census occurs. However, the bursar’s office is notified when a student is receiving a scholarship and an internal memo is placed on your account with a notification of the scholarship.

What happens if I leave MCC or reduce the classes I take?

If the number of credits a student indicates that they plan to take differs from the total credits for which they register, or the student drops classes, this could affect the student’s scholarship award. Please contact the Scholarships office to discuss your situation with our staff.

I am unable to take classes this semester. Can I hold my scholarship for a future semester?

If for some reason you are unable to take classes at MCC but were awarded a scholarship, you may submit a written request for a hold. Holds are not guaranteed and are limited to one semester.

What if I am enrolled at at another school and satisfying requirements at MCC?

If you are attending a different “home school” but fulfilling requirements at MCC, you must be enrolled in six credits or more at MCC to be eligible for a scholarship award. Scholarship funds can only be applied to MCC tuition.

Are scholarships available for the summer session?

While scholarships are not available for the summer semester, if you need one last class to graduate and you need assistance with your tuition for the class you are taking over the summer, please speak with the registrar’s office. There is limited scholarship funding through a Funds to Finish scholarship to help you graduate.

What if I have a balance on my account from a previous semester?

If you have a balance on your account, you should make an appointment to see us in person. This is handled on a case-by-case basis. You can contact Diana Reid at 860-512-2909 or