here are many ways to help pay for college, and scholarships can be a great opportunity as they are awards that don’t need to be paid back. The world of scholarships can be confusing however, as there are many organizations that award scholarships. MCC students, or those considering MCC, should, be aware of the avenues described below.

2016-2017 Scholarship Guide

Download the 2016-17 Scholarship Guide

Financial Aid, Department Scholarships

Community Foundation for Muskegon County Scholarships

Muskegon Opportunity





If you have received an outside scholarship, please have the donor send the check with instructions to the following address:

Muskegon Community College
Business Department
221 S. Quarterline Rd.
Muskegon, MI  49442

Once your scholarship is awarded, you will be able to view it on MyMCC under WebAdvisor for Students, Financial Aid.

For more Financial Aid/Scholarship information, please visit  Financial Aid.

Muskegon Community College Faculty Association Scholarships (MCCFA) – The Nielsen Scholarship ($200 MCC Bookstore voucher), The Recognition Scholarship (onetime gift of $600), and The Memorial Scholarship (onetime gift of $600).

Nielsen Scholarship 

Amount: $200 MCC Bookstore Voucher

Application Requirements:

  • Possess a minimum 2.0 GPA (based on a minimum of 12 MCC credit hours earned at the time of application)
  • Register to take at least three credits at MCC the next winter semester
  • Obtain a MCC faculty member’s signature on the application form
  • Complete required essay on application

Nielsen Scholarship applications are due by the first Friday in November and awarded December 1st every year.

Memorial Scholarship – 

Amount:  $600

The Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student leaving Muskegon Community College after two years of study;  a completed degree (ASA, AAS, etc.) is not required.

Application Requirements:

  • Evidence of acceptance at a four-year institution.
  • Possess a 3.25 cumulative GPA along with 36 credit hours earned from MCC at the time of application.
  • Recommendation by two faculty members.
  • Complete required essay on application.

Applications are due the second Friday in March.

Recognition Scholarship

Amount:  $600

Awarded to a full-or part-time MCC student who has demonstrated financial need in order to complete his or her program or degree at MCC and returning the next Fall semester.

  • Possess a 3.25 cumulative GPA (based on a minimum of 12 MCC credit hours earned at the time of application)
  • Recommended by two faculty members.

Applications are due the second Friday in March. 

Amos Nordman Foundation Scholarship – Amount varies.  Minimum 3.0 GPA.  Available for books, required equipment/supplies, and other MCC-generated fees except for tuition.  Financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.  Applications accepted anytime.  Please fill out the General Scholarship Application in the 2015-2016 Scholarship Guide.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund – A variety of scholarships are available to students of Hispanic/Latino descent.  Information is available at

Michigan Works! Muskegon – Oceana Scholarships – Michigan Works! is offering scholarships for qualified individuals to prepare for these in-demand careers: CNC Operator/Programmer, CAD/CNC, Mechanical Engineer, Certified Nurse Assistant, and Registered Nurse.  To apply for a Michigan Works! Muskegon-Oceana Scholarship, visit either of their locations: 316 Morris Avenue in Muskegon, or 195 N. Michigan Avenue in Shelby.  Family income must be less than $40,000 to qualify.  Visit for more information.  You can be working part-time or unemployed to qualify.

The Telamon Corporation Classroom Training contract awards supportive service monies to students who qualify and are enrolled in Telamon’s National Farmworker Jobs Program.  The student must have worked in farm or nursery work or a related occupation that is classified as agriculture on seasonal basis or as a migrant Farmworker OR be a dependent of a farm worker.  The individual must be authorized to work in the United States.  If you are interested in knowing more, or to see if you qualify or to find out if the work you have done is considered agricultural work, please contact the local office at (616) 520-4620, Oscar Sanchez Hernandez – Field Service Representative.

Performance-Based Scholarships

These scholarship awards are based on the student’s aptitude or an interest as indicated by grades and recommendations.  NOTE:  There is no standardized recommendation letter format for any of the PBS scholarships. Recommenders should speak to the academic and personal strengths each candidate has exhibited during the time they’ve known them, with special attention given to the student’s experience in the discipline in which they are applying.  The applicant must have at least a 2.0 overall high-school average.  The student must enroll in coursework in the area of study for which they are applying.  Additional requirements specific to the area of study are listed in PART 2 of the application.  Click on the individual scholarship for the application.  Amount: Varies

Due April 1


  • Incoming High School Seniors
  • Students who demonstrate a particular creative talent (for example: in art, music, drama, dance, creative writing, etc.) or a high level of achievement in a certain academic area
  • This scholarship is not need based

Life Sciences

Center for Theater


English and Communications



Visual Art

Health, Physical Education, Recreation

Math and Physical Sciences


Dale and Connie Nesbary Music Scholarship – Application Deadline is April 1, 2016
The purpose of the Fund is to provide two scholarships annually to reward excellence in musicianship and to encourage study of music at MCC.  Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 annually, disbursing $500 per semester, to two students meeting the defined criteria.  Fill out the general application and attach a letter of recommendation from your high school music director.
Criteria for the Scholarship:
Open to incoming freshmen only
Applicants are recruited by the MCC Director of Music and are required to complete a Muskegon Community College General Scholarship Application
Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the academic year in which the scholarship would be applied
Must be enrolled in an approved ensemble both fall and winter semesters during the award year
Must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to receive the second semester disbursement

Social Sciences

Transfer Times – Transfer Times will reward one student across all zones with a $6,000 scholarship that can be applied toward a participating 4 year college.   The spring $6,000 scholarship contest will open in January 2016 with entries due on May 1, 2016.  Visit  for more information.

Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce – Applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average on a 4.00.  Applicants must either reside in Muskegon County, attend a Muskegon county High School, be a graduate of a Muskegon County High School, or already be enrolled at MCC.  Plan to attend MCC as a first or second year FULL time student.  Submit a completed and signed application form and an official high school transcript.  $1,000 scholarship.  The deadline is March 14, 2016.  For more information and the application, visit

Community Foundation Scholarship Program Accepting Applications  Application Deadline is March 1, 2016   The Community Foundation for Muskegon County announces that the Foundation Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  Applications are submitted electronically through the Community Foundation website, The application process has been streamlined into three easy steps for students and families.  THE ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS:   MARCH 1, 2016.  The Community Foundation for Muskegon County manages one of the largest scholarship programs in West Michigan, awarding $1,500,000 to both graduating high school seniors and current college students across four counties (Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, Manistee) in new and renewed scholarships each year.  The Community Foundation does not make awards solely on the basis of need. Academic achievement, community involvement, extra-curricular activities, and financial need are all taken into consideration. All Community Foundation scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.  The Community Foundation for Muskegon County was created in 1961 by local residents to improve the quality of life in their communities. A publicly supported community endowment, the Foundation works with donors, grantees, advisers, and communities to identify and support the issues that shape our area. Learn more at

Grand Valley State University – The PHI THETA KAPPA Scholarship – To be eligible you must: 1.  Be admitted to GVSU by March 1st for the Fall semester, 2.  Have achieved at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, 3.  Be a member of the PTK Honor Society, 4.  Enroll as a full time student at GVSU, 5.  Submit a letter of application indicating your education, career goals, and involvement in PTK, 6.  Have received your Associates degree.  To apply please fill out an application through myScholarships at  Students must be admitted to GVSU to complete the application.  For additional information contact GVSU Admissions Office at 1-800-748-0246 or email

White Lake University Women’s Scholarship – The Community Foundation for Muskegon County announces that the White Lake University Women’s (WLUW) Scholarship is available for a non-traditional female student and is taking applications for the 2016-2017 school year.  To be eligible, the non-traditional female student has had an interruption in her education, but is now enrolled in a degree program pursuing a licensure, certificate, associate degree, or bachelor degree, must be a resident of the Montague or Whitehall school districts, and demonstrate financial need.  Applications are submitted electronically through the Community Foundation website,  The online application deadline is March 1, 2016.

Wayne State Transfer Merit Scholarships – WSU offers a range of merit scholarships to qualified incoming transfer students who either are currently enrolled at a community college or were enrolled in the academic year prior to applying to Wayne State.  Presidential Scholarship – available to Fall 2016 admits.  Completed admission by April 1, 2016.  Up to $10,000 per year for 2 consecutive years.  Minimum 36 transferable credits form a community college with at least a 3.75 GPA.  Gold Scholarship – Application deadline, June 1, 2016, $5,000 per year for 2 consecutive years.  Green Scholarship – Application deadline June 1, 2016, $2,500 per year for 2 consecutive years.  Pathway Scholarship – Application deadline, June 1, 2016, $1,000 per year for 2 consecutive years.  Visit for more information.