Scholarship Opportunities

Among the many ways to help pay for college, scholarships offer a great opportunity as they are financial awards that don’t need to be repaid. The world of scholarships can be confusing, however, with the many different organizations that award scholarships. MCC students, or those considering MCC, should be aware of the scholarships described below.

Download the 2017-2018 Scholarship Guide

Sample Thank You letter for scholarship recipients

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Transfer Scholarship Opportunities

 

 

 

 

MCC General Scholarship Application Form

Please print, complete and sign the form and return it with any additional required documents. Please be aware that some individual scholarships, e.g. Performance Based Scholarships, require the completion of additional forms. We cannot process your scholarship application(s) until we have received all the appropriate completed forms.

NOTE: 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.

Incoming Freshman/Current Student Scholarships:

Amos Nordman Foundation Scholarship (G)                               applications accepted anytime

Brenda Gardner/ADAC Scholarship (S)                                                              March 3, 2017

Wayne and Linda Barrett Scholarship (G)                                                            March 3, 2017

Canteen Vending Scholarship (G)                                                                         March 3, 2017

Collett Scholarship Fund (S)                                                                                  March 3, 2017

George and Mary Dake Scholarship  (G)                                                              March 3, 2017

Ted DeBower Mathematics and Science Scholarship Fund (G)                          March 3, 2017

Gene Haas Scholarship (S)                                                                          November 30, 2016

MCC Alumni Legacy Scholarship (S)                                                                    March 3, 2017

MCC Alumni/Sigma Iota Gamma Fraternity Scholarship (S)                              March 3, 2017

Spencer Norman Scholarship of the Muskegon Heights Branch Library (S)      March 3, 2017

Pay It Forward (S)                                                                                                  March 3, 2017

Sun Chemical/United Steel Workers 2-987 A.D. Barnes Scholarship (G)        March 3, 2017

Unity Breakfast Book Scholarship (G)                                                                 March 3, 2017

Christopher & Joella VanOosterhout Scholarship (G)                                        March 3, 2017

Performance Based Scholarships (G)                                                                     April 1, 2017

Dale and Connie Nesbary Music Scholarship (G)                                                 April 3, 2017

Dan Burt Memorial Wrestling Scholarship (S)                                                      May 15, 2017


*(G) – General Essay Required
*(S) – Specific Essay Required 

 

 Current Student Scholarships:

MCC Faculty Association Nielsen Scholarship (S)                                     November 11, 2016

Future Chemists Scholarship (S)                                                                          March 3, 2017

Future Nurses Scholarship (S)                                                                             March 3, 2017

International Studies Fund (S)                                                                              March 3, 2017

Muskegonites Child Study Club Scholarship (S)                                                 March 3, 2017

Gretchen D. Ogren Family Scholarship (S)                                                         March 3, 2017

Paulsen Scholarship (G)                                                                                        March 3, 2017

Larry and Roberta Tetzlaff Scholarship (G)                                                         March 3, 2017

Mary Josephine Vukits Nursing Scholarship (S)                                                   March 3, 2017

MCC Faculty Association Memorial Scholarship (G)                                        March 10, 2017

MCC Faculty Association Recognition Scholarship (G)                                    March 10, 2017

MCC Social Science Scholarships (G)                                                                    April 3, 2017

 

*(G) – General Essay Required
*(S) – Specific Essay Required 

 

MCC Scholarships (listed chronologically by application deadline):

 

Deadline: Anytime

Amos Nordman Foundation Scholarship – Amount varies.  Available for books, required equipment/supplies, and other MCC-generated fees except for tuition.    Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.  Submit your FAFSA
  • General Essay.

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Deadline: November 11, 2016

MCC Faculty Association Nielsen Scholarship – Amount: $200 MCC Bookstore Voucher. Nielsen Scholarship applications are due by the first Friday in November and awarded December 1st every year.  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.

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Deadline:  December 1, 2016

Tina Dee and Scott Lampe Scholarship – Amount:  $350.  Tina Dee has dedicated over 20 years of her career to the field of marketing and communications, including 15 years as an adjunct professor at GVSU, teaching PR, advertising, and other communication classes.  She resides in Grand Haven with her husband, Scott Lampe, an award-winning packaging designer.  General Application in the Scholarship Guide listed above.  Requirements:

  • Reside in the Grand Haven Area Public School District,
  • Attending MCC on at least a half-time basis, working towards an associate degree,
  • Plans to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree in marketing or communications,
  • Preference to single parents and/or graduate of Grand Haven Central High.
  • General Essay.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Wayne and Linda Barrett Scholarship – Amount: $500 ($250 per semester).  Funded by alum Wayne Barrett and his wife, Linda. Wayne serves as the Vice- President of the Foundation for Muskegon Community College Board of Directors Requirements:

  • Open to any student with an interest in earning an Associate’s Degree.
  • Must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need.
  • General Essay.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Canteen Vending – Amount: $1,000 ($500 per semester).  Canteen Vending is proud to sustain MCC students with vending machine services and scholarships. Requirements:

  • Full-time student pursuing a degree in marketing, management, or computer technology.
  • Muskegon County resident.
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • General Essay.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Collett Scholarship Fund – Amount: $1,000.  Lee and Darlene Collet worked at Muskegon Community College, collectively, for 56 years. Lee was an art instructor in the Creative and Performing Arts Department from 1968-2003, and Darlene was the Director of the LPN- ADN Nursing Program from 1980-2001. In recognition of the importance of education  and wanting to support that endeavor, Lee and Darlene established the Collet Scholarship Fund.  This scholarship is specifically for applicants who desire to pursue an education in fine arts or nursing and are not eligible to receive other forms of financial aid.  Requirements:

  • Enrolled in MCC
  • Applicants requesting an art scholarship must submit a portfolio of their art, and a one page essay explaining the importance of art education.
  • Applicants requesting a nursing scholarship must meet the qualifications for entry in the Nursing Program and submit a one page essay explaining why they chose to pursue nursing. 

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

George and Mary Dake Scholarship – Amount $200 ($100 per semester).  Established by Foundation for Muskegon Community College board member and MCC alum, Tom Dake, in honor of his parents and their passion for continued achievement.  Scholarship awarded in form of credit at MCC Bookstore, which can be applied to any required books or materials for Applied Technology courses.  Requirements:

  • Residing in the Orchard View School District.
  • Enrolled at least half-time at MCC during semester of award(s).
  • Must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need.
  • Achieved a high school diploma or 2.5 GPA at MCC.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Ted DeBower Mathematics and Science Scholarship Fund – Amount: $500 ($250 per semester).  Ted, a graduate of Iowa State University, was employed by a local manufacturing company as Manager of Engineering. He lived a frugal lifestyle and never had any children. However, he was known well by neighborhood kids as someone who would pay them very well for washing his car, lawn work, and other chores. He created a foundation and was dedicated to organizations that provide important services for the community.  Requirements:

  • Students who intend to complete a baccalaureate degree in mathematics, science or engineering.
  • High GPA, especially in science/math courses.
  • Must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need.
  • General Essay.

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Deadline:  March 3, 2017

Future Chemists Scholarship – Amount: $500.  This scholarship was created in honor of former MCC president, Dr. Frank Marczak and Marlene Marczak, to support the study of chemistry.  Requirements:

  • 500 word essay that explains the reason for pursuing a chemistry career.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at time of application/award.
  • Enrolled full-time at MCC, with stated major of chemistry or chemical engineering.
  • Taking chemistry courses at time of application (award applied to only the semester in which the student is enrolled in a chemistry course.)
  • Students currently working with instructors in research will be given a higher priority.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Future Nurses Scholarship – Amount: $500 ($250 per semester).  This scholarship was created to support the study of nursing. Award applied to only the semester in which the student is enrolled in a nursing course at MCC. Requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at MCC at time of application/award.
  • Currently enrolled in at least 8 credit hours in the Nursing Program at MCC, with a written plan for completing the BSN.
  • GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Attach a 300-word essay that explains the reason for pursuing a career in Nursing.
  • Students who are active members of the MCC Student Nurse Club will be given a higher priority.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Brenda Gardner/ADAC Scholarship – Amount: $1,000 ($500 per semester) In memory of Brenda Gardner, fondly remembered employee of ADAC Automotive.  Requirements:

  • Muskegon County resident who has an interest in working in human resources.
  • Enrolled in any business related program at Muskegon Community College (degree or certificate) that could lead to employment in human resources.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better.
  • Must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need.
  • 500 word essay that explains the reason for pursuing a career in human resources and related goals for working in this field.
  • The final applicant is selected by ADAC.  The second semester disbursement is contingent upon the student achieving “satisfactory status” according to the College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy

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Deadline:  November 30, 2016

Gene Haas Scholarship – Amount:  Up to $2,500 for Winter semester.  The Gene Haas Scholarship was established for students pursuing a degree in Machining or CAD/CNC.  The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, and books.  Scholarship dollars may be reduced due to other scholarship awards.  It is not designed to be used as a refund.   Requirements:

  • May be in-district or out-of-district student, and part-time or full-time student.
  • Must apply for FAFSA.   Financial Aid will determine the amount of the award.
  • Paragraph explaining how the scholarship will help you, budget information including the total for tuition, fees, and books for the Winter Semester 2018, list other funding sources, and include information if you are sponsored by your company and if you will be reimbursed.
  • Please turn in the Hass Application to Room 108

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

International Studies Fund – Amount: Varies.  The International Studies Scholarship provides an opportunity to participate in MCC travel abroad programs. This faculty-supported fund was developed to help students gain a broader world view, build international perspective, develop self-confidence, and develop a career path that recognizes the importance of understanding different cultures.  Requirements:

  • Full-time status at MCC at the time of the application and award.
  • Ability to fund at least half of the cost of the study abroad experience.
  • Academic excellence, GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 200 – 300 word essay explaining how the International Study program will have a positive effect on academic experience (12-point Calibri or Times New Roman font, double spaced).
  • Interview with the International Coordinator.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

MCC Alumni Legacy Scholarship – Amount: $250.   This scholarship will be awarded to children or grandchildren of MCC alumni who, as demonstrated by their academic and extracurricular activities, will bring pride and honor to their families, MCC, and the greater community. Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled full-time at the time of the award.
  • Essay should outline past academic and extra-curricular accomplishments and how academic and extra-curricular activities at MCC will bring pride and honor to their families, MCC, and the greater community; in addition it should note alumni parent(s) at time of graduation from MCC and year(s) of graduation.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Muskegonites Child Study Club Scholarship – Amount: $500-$1,000 ($250 or $500 per semester, based on credit hours).  This club was formed to promote and support parental education and child nurturing. Requirements:

  • Enrolled in an Education program/pursuing teacher certification.
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at MCC at the time of application.
  • Enrolled in six or more credit hours the following semester at MCC.
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need.
  • Essay of 500 words or less expressing need for scholarship and discussing career goals.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Gretchen D. Ogren Family Scholarship – Amount: $500.  In loving memory of Gretchen D. Ogren, former MCC nursing student. Requirements:

  • Essay explaining how you have seen a need in someone else’s life and what steps you took to meet that need.
  • Must be enrolled in MCC Nursing Program.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Paulsen Scholarship – Amount: $250 ($125 per semester).  This scholarship is provided by David Paulsen, former high school and college distance runner, who values the hard work it takes to succeed at this sport and understands how this type of dedication supports academics and career.  Requirements:

  • Completed one successful season on the MCC Cross Country team.
  • Enrolled a minimum of 12 credit hours and at time of application/award.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need.
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to receive the second semester disbursement.
  • General Essay.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Pay It Forward – Amount: $500.  This scholarship was established in honor of the Kidd family who, through the power of faith, family, determination and education, have demonstrated all things are possible. For tuition or required textbooks/supplies at the MCC Bookstore.   Requirements:

  • Anyone who seeks an education to confront and overcome adversity is eligible.
  • Those who completed an Upward Bound program are especially encouraged to apply.
  • A one-page PAY IT FORWARD essay describing how you see education as a tool to overcome adversity.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

MCC Alumni Association/Sigma Iota Gamma Fraternity Scholarship – Amount: $500. This scholarship is supported through alumni, events, donations, and members of a former MCC fraternity, the Sigma Iota Gamma.  Requirements:

  • Open to any MCC student pursuing an Associate’s Degree.
  • Must supply academic transcript.
  • Carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours.
  • 500 word essay on what motivates them to succeed and how they see themselves giving back (as an MCC alumnus) to future students of the college.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Spencer Norman Scholarship of the Muskegon Heights Branch Library –  Amount $250.00.  The friends of the Muskegon Heights Library is offering this scholarship in honor of Spencer Norman, community activist, mentor, brother, father-figure, teacher, and friend to all in the Muskegon Heights Community.  Spencer (1947-2012) was a founder of the Coalition for Community Development and an active member of the Friends of Muskegon Heights Branch Library.

  • Must be enrolled at Muskegon Community College.
  • A 2.5 GPA or better.
  • A resident of Muskegon Heights.
  • Essay discussing their aspirations and a description of how they have helped or plan to help others.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Sun Chemical | United Steel Workers 2-987 A.D. Barnes Scholarship – Amount: $500 ($250 per semester).  In memory of our good friend and co-worker A.D. Barnes.  Requirements:

  • A graduate of Muskegon High School.
  • Must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need.
  • The second semester disbursement is contingent upon the student achieving “satisfactory status” according to the College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.
  • General Essay.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Larry and Roberta Tetzlaff Scholarship – Amount: $1,500 ($750 per semester) Requirements:

  • Students need to meet the Ready to Succeed requirements.
  • Full-time student status with a minimum of 14 credits completed at Muskegon Community College.
  • Declared major with plans to pursue a baccalaureate degree in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or math) at an accredited institution
  • Muskegon County with permanent United States residency status.
  • Demonstrate academic potential or ability, with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 GPA.
  • Must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need and the FAFSA form should indicate a financial need and household income of $74,499 or less
  • The second semester disbursement is contingent upon the student achieving “satisfactory status” according to the College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy and successful full-time course completion with a semester minimum 2.0 GPA and a grade of C or better in all major courses.
  • General Essay.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Unity Breakfast Book Scholarship – Amount: $1,000 ($500 per semester).The Unity Breakfast has presented speakers in the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for 20 years. Proceeds from the event benefit this scholarship fund. Requirements:

  • Muskegon County resident.
  • Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Full-time student pursuing an associate’s degree.
  • Preference given to minority students.
  • General Essay.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Christopher & Joella VanOosterhout Scholarship – Amount: $250 ($125 per semester) This scholarship was established by MCC business instructor Christopher VanOosterhout, his wife Joella and their five sons in support of MCC studentsRequirements:

  • Enrolled at MCC for a minimum of 12 credits per semester awarded
  • Either a graduate of Calvary Christian School of Fruitport or home schooled a minimum of two years of high school.
  • General Essay.

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Deadline: March 3, 2017

Mary Josephine Vukits Nursing Scholarship – Amount: $1,000 ($500 per semester). Established by her nephew, Tom Dake, this scholarship honors the memory of Mary Josephine Vukits, R.N., who started her nursing career as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. Army during WWII and later worked as an RN at Hackley Hospital  for over 30 years before retiring. Requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at time of application.
  • Currently enrolled full-time at MCC or accepted for admission in the MCC Nursing Program; or enrolled in at least 8 NUR credits; or enrolled in a MCC Clinical Nursing (NUR) course.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • 500 word essay that explains the reason for pursuing a nursing career.
  • Must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to receive the second semester disbursement.

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Deadline: March 10, 2017

Muskegon Community College Faculty Association Memorial Scholarship – Amount: $600.  Due the second Friday in March Requirements:

  • Awarded to student leaving MCC after two years of study; a completed degree (ASA, AAS, etc.) is not required.
  • Evidence of acceptance at a four-year institution.
  • A 3.25 cumulative GPA.
  • 36 credit hours earned from MCC at the time of application.
  • Recommended by two faculty members.
  • Complete required essay on special form.

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Deadline: March 10, 2017

Muskegon Community College Faculty Association Recognition Scholarship –  Amount: $600. Due The second Friday in March.  Requirements:

  • Possess a 3.25 cumulative GPA (based on a minimum of 12 MCC credit hours earned at the time of application
  • Recommendation by two faculty members
  • Complete required essay on application
  • Full or Part-time MCC student who has demonstrated financial need (FAFSA) in order to complete his or her program or degree at MCC and returning the next fall semester.

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Deadline: April 1, 2017

Performance-Based Scholarships – Amount: Varies. Special form based upon academic areas (see below).  Requirements:

  • 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.

Performance-based Scholarship application forms for respective academic areas:

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Deadline: April 3, 2017

Dale and Connie Nesbary Music Scholarship –  Amount: $1000. 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.  Accompanied by a letter of recommendation from his/her high school music director. Requirements:

  • Open to incoming freshmen only.
  • Applicants are recruited by the MCC Director of Music.
  • Must complete FAFSA to demonstrate financial need.
  • 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 distribution.
  • General Essay.

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Deadline: April 3, 2017

Muskegon Community College Social Sciences Scholarships – Amount: $500 to $1,000.  Requirements:

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Deadline: May 15, 2017

Dan Burt Memorial Wrestling Scholarship – Amount: $500 for winter 2018.  In memory of former Jayhawk student-athlete and assistant wrestling coach, Dan Burt. Requirements:

  • Ottawa or Muskegon County high school graduate/wrestler.
  • Successful completion of high school diploma with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Second season renewal is contingent upon the student achieving Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the College’s policy.
  • Essay of 500 words or less expressing need for the schMuskegon Countyolarship and career goals.

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Outside Scholarship Opportunities

 

Aaron J. Boria, PLLC, Scholarship – Amount: $500
Deadline: November 30, 2016
Requirements
  • Undergraduate students who are attending an accredited university in the United States with an interest in law school
  • Current law school students that are attending an American Bar Association Accredited law school may also apply
  • Undergraduates that apply must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Law school students that apply must have a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Submit your most recent official college/high school transcript
  • 1,000 words or less essay including why you are interested in the law, your favorite community involvement and why, and how higher education can help reduce crime in our communities.

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Community Choice Foundation Scholarship – Amount $5,000
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Requirements:
  • Be a resident of the state of Michigan.
  • Will be graduating high school in the spring of 2017.
  • Plan to attend an accredited college or university in Michigan.
  • Enrolling in either a two or four-year degree program.
  • Intend to remain a Michigan resident after college graduation.
  • Not related to a Board Member or team member (employee) of Community Choice credit Union.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Community Foundation for Muskegon County – Amount varies by scholarship.
Deadline: March 1, 2017

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Fremont Area Community Foundation – Amount varies by scholarship.
Deadline: Varies

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Muskegon Area Promise

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National Associate of Legal Secretaries – Amount $1,000
Deadline: January 15, 2017
Requirements
  • Be a high school senior or enrolled in a school of advanced education (including the current school year).
  • Be a resident of Michigan and be enrolling in a Michigan school of advanced education in the legal field.
  • Have at least a B average, or if percentile system is used, not below 90 percent.
  • Be in need of financial assistance.
  • Be able to enroll in the fall term (2017). Candidates nominated in prior years who meet current qualifications are eligible for renomination.

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PHI THETA KAPPA – Amount Varies by scholarship.

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Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce (Available for all genders) – Amount $1,000
Deadline: March 10, 2017
Requirements
  • 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 in Muskegon Community College or Baker College (Muskegon Campus).
  • Applicants must plan to attend Muskegon Community College or Baker College as a first or second year FULL time student. The scholarship money must be used consecutively in the 1st and 2nd semester/quarter. The scholarship must be used beginning in the fall of 2017.
  • Applicants must submit a completed and signed application form and an OFFICIAL school transcript along with an OFFICIAL transcript of any college credits postmarked by March 10,

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Transfer Scholarships

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Ferris State University

Grand Valley State University

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

Northern Michigan University

Oakland University

University of Michigan

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

 

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