There 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.

Scholarship Guide 2016-17Download our 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


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.  Entries for the fall contest are due December 1, 2015.  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

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship – This is a highly competitive scholarship program. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Eligible students must:

    • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2015, or a recent graduate (since spring 2011).
    • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2016.
    • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
    • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
    • Have not previously enrolled at or attended a four-year institution.
    • Visit
    • The deadline is December 15, 2015