Scholarship Eligibility and Application

MCC students who attend on a full-time or part-time basis and are matriculated in a degree or certificate program at MCC are eligible to apply for scholarships.

Eligibility and Awards

Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of factors, including academic achievement, financial need, service to the college and community, and credit load. While a GPA of 2.5 or better is preferred, progress in academics is considered. Financial need, first year and academic scholarships are available. Awards range from $150 to more than $1,000 and are available for fall, spring and summer.

Please Note

  • Scholarships will be awarded annually (fall and spring semesters).
  • Fall scholarships are renewable for the spring semester as long as you continue to meet the criteria for the scholarship you were awarded.
  • Recent high school graduates can apply for a scholarship to attend MCC for fall. These scholarships are also renewable for spring provided the criteria for the scholarship you have been awarded is met.

Scholarship Application Information

Fall 2019 Scholarships - Application period is closed.

Please note: An additional application period will be open in July for new students or returning students whose financial aid situation has changed resulting in additional financial need to help with tuition.

How to apply: Please check back in July 2019 for a link to the application.

You will need to provide:

  • The number of credits you will be taking in fall 2019.
  • A 1,000 word or less statement about why you are applying for a scholarship and how it will help you. Please note that the quality of your writing is considered.
  • A listing of your community service and volunteer activities.

High School Graduate/GED Scholarships - Application period has closed.

Students who recently graduated from high school and are enrolled at MCC for the next upcoming semester are encouraged to apply for a scholarship. MCC must be the student’s home school for the applicant to be eligible to receive a scholarship.

How to apply: 

Click here to download the application. Complete and return your application by June 14, along with all requested documentation.

McDermott and Shirley Gustafson Scholarships - Applications are due June 14, 2019.

Students graduating from MCC this spring and are going on to a baccalaureate may apply. Up to four The selected award recipients will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,500.

How to apply: 

Click here to download the McDermott Scholarship application.

Click here to download the Shirley Gustafson Scholarship application.

Project Longevity Scholarship - Application period is closed.

Scholarships are available for students who live in towns in the greater Hartford region, have registered for credit, credit-free or Excursions in Learning courses by December 31, 2018.

Scholarship application for credit and credit-free courses.

Scholarship application for Excursions courses.

Need Help Applying?

General Questions on Completing Your Application

Help Writing Your Essay

Staff at the walk-in Writing Center within the Academic Support Center are available to assist students with completing their essay at no cost. Visit the Writing Center in SSC L282 or call 860-512-2610 for hours and to learn more.

Obtaining Your Financial Aid Documents

The Financial Aid office can assist students with applying for financial aid and retrieving financial aid documents needed to apply for scholarships. Visit the office in L177, email ma-finaid@manchestercc.edu or call 860-512-3380 to learn more.

Uploading Your Documents

Visit Deb Herman in the Raymond F. Damato Library.

Helpful Hints

  • Before you start your search, it would help to have an email account. Many scholarships will send you application information over the Internet.
  • Make sure you have basic information about yourself available to send if they ask for a profile. Many sites will have scholarships available for specific types of students based on ethnicity, gender, location, and/or interests. Make sure you apply for these because they often do not have as many people applying for them.
  • Save the entire essay that you create when applying for scholarships. Often these essays can be “recycled” and used for multiple applications. Often a paper from one of your classes may also be adapted to meet your scholarship application needs.
  • Set aside a folder for your scholarship search. Create a list of all the scholarships you have applied for and key dates (deadlines, notification dates). The folder should also contain your basic profile and sample essays.
  • Schedule time for your Internet searches during which you do not have to work on other tasks.
  • There is an open writing lab that is available to help with your essay writing. Make sure you have someone proofread your essay before you send it.