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.
If you have received an outside scholarship, please have the donor send the check with instructions to the following address:
Muskegon Community College
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).
Amount: $200 MCC Bookstore Voucher
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Veterans United Foundation Scholarship – The program’s primary goal is to assist military service members and their families by awarding five bi-annual $2,000 scholarships to help pay for tuition and books. To be eligible the applicant must have a connection to the U.S. Military through at least one of the following categories: A current active-duty service member, Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, Spouse of a military member or veteran, Surviving spouse or child of a fallen soldier, or child of a military member or veteran. Spring Application dates are March 15 through April 30. Fall Application dates are September 15 through October 31. Please visit http://www.veteransunited.com/about/scholarships/ for the application and more information.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund – A variety of scholarships are available to students of Hispanic/Latino descent. Information is available at http://hsf.net/en/scholarships/programs/.
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 www.miworksmo.org 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.
Application: Special form
Due April 1, 2015
- 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
$500 for winter semester 2015 – Requirements: Pursuing career in geology, Minimum 3.5 GPA, and demonstrated financial need. Please fill out the General application in the Scholarship Guide. Applications should be submitted to the Enrollment Services Office no later than 1/14/15 by 4:00 pm.
MOMETIX College Scholarship – College students and high school seniors must submit an essay of no more than 350 words telling about their favorite test preparation practices and why they work so well. Students may submit their essays between now and May 22, 2015 at http://www.mometrix.com/collegescholarships/. Scholarship prizes of $1,000, $2,000 and $5,000 will be awarded.
Samuel L. Westerman Foundation Scholarship – Requirements: Enrolled at MCC and registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours for the semester(s) in which the award will be applied; plans to complete a transfer or occupational Associates Degree at MCC; 3.00 GPA or better; complete the MCC General Scholarship Application, attaching an additional 500-word essay that explains: volunteer plans on campus or in the community for the year of the scholarship award, and circumstances that contribute to needing financial assistance for tuition. Submit the FAFSA and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to receive the second semester disbursement. Amount: $1,000. TWO scholarships will be awarded. This scholarship encourages all students to apply. Those students in rural areas, as well as honorably discharged veterans, or students pursuing a nursing degree are especially appreciated. The deadline is April 13, 2015.
MassMutual Scholars – A national scholarship program for high-achieving college students interested in pursuing careers in the insurance and financial services industry. Eligibility: Students entering sophomore, junior, senior or 5th-year senior year in pursuit of an undergraduate degree, minimum GPA of 3.0, submitted FAFSA, U.S. citizenship. Students will be awarded $2,500 or $5,000. Visit https://massmututal.scholarsapply.org for the application. The deadline is March 31, 2015.
Michigan Transfer Times Scholarship – Requirements: Enrolled at a community college where the Michigan Edition of Transfer Times is available. Requirements: Complete the “College Quiz” and fill out the entry form and mail them to the address provided OR visit www.transfertimes.com and enter the contest online. Amount: $1,000. The deadline is May 10, 2015.
The Muskegon County Medical Society Alliance - The MCMSA awarded $6500.00 last year. Students pursuing careers in the medical field are considered. Visit http://www.mcmsa.org/ for more information. The deadline is April 15, 2015.
Michigan Retailers Association - At least 34 scholarships this year in amounts of $1,000 for four-year colleges and $500 for community colleges or training institutes are expected to be awarded this year. To be eligible: Dependent sons and daughters of owners of MRA member businesses, or of full-time employees of MRA member firms, part-time employees of MRA member businesses who are full-time students. For more details visit http://www.retailers.com/mra/index.html. Access code is MIRA. Applications must be requested by March 15 and submitted by April 1, 2015.
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital – Rick D. Postma Medical Scholarships – $1,000 scholarship for students seeking a medical degree. The deadline is April 15, 2015. Visit http://give.spectrumhealth.org/file/document-uploads/Zeeland_RickDPostma-Scholarship.pdf for the application.
Mary Free Bed Guild Minority Scholarship Program and the Disability Scholarship Program – The Guild established the minority scholarship for students pursuing degrees in nursing, neuropsychology, orthotics, prosthetics and rehabilitation therapy programs. The Disability scholarship recognizes and rewards individuals with disabilities that are seeking to better themselves by pursuing a college degree. The application forms are available at http://www.maryfreebed.com/. The deadline is April 1, 2015.
Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce – Must attend or have graduated from a Muskegon County High School or be a full time First or Second Year College student with a 3.00 Cumulative or above GPA. Visit http://www.womensdivision.org/. The deadline is March 16, 2015.
- You must be a current student (full-time or part-time) at MCC.
- You must have completed 12 college credits during one semester with a current GPA of 3.0 or better.
- After being awarded the scholarship, you must use the scholarship funds during the immediately upcoming Summer, Fall, or Winter semester.
- You must be a full-time student (12 credit hours or more) at MCC during the scholarship semester.
- You must enroll in at least one Social Sciences course during the scholarship semester.
- You must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
Nesbary Music Scholarship – Prospective MCC Music Student: The Music Department of Muskegon Community College is honored to offer the Dr. Dale and Connie Nesbary Music Scholarship to musicians intending to enroll and participate in music at Muskegon Community College. The purpose of this scholarship is to attract, reward and retain incoming students in music, while recognizing exceptionally productive and talented musicians. Listed below are the guidelines for awarding these scholarships:
- Prospective candidates must have a 2.0 grade average from the institution currently or last attended.
- The student shall have attained at least a 3.0 grade average in their high school music courses.
- Applicants must meet all MCC admission requirements.
- Each applicant must complete and submit a Scholarship application (available in the above Scholarship Guide), accompanied by a letter of recommendation from his or her high school music director.
- Each applicant must audition for this scholarship by performing a solo of at least one minute.
- The scholarship is only available to incoming students and is renewable on a semester basis for a total of four semesters. Renewal for subsequent semesters will be granted if the recipient demonstrates dependability and responsibility in meeting rehearsal and performance obligations, continues to show outstanding talent and leadership, and maintains a 3.5 grade point average in the music class.
- Students who are awarded Nesbary Music Scholarships will be expected to perform assigned duties and performances of the music department (for example music librarian, music archivist, ensemble manager etc.).
- Students who are awarded Nesbary Music Scholarships must perform in at least two MCC music ensembles per semester
- All scholarship applications must be submitted to the director of music by April 1.
Decisions on applications will be made after the application due date of April 1, and a successful audition for new fall awards. Please direct your correspondence to:
Muskegon Community College
Daniel M. Meyers – Director of Music
221 S. Quarterline Road
Muskegon, Michigan 49442
Future Chemists Scholarship – This scholarship was created in honor of former MCC President, Dr. Frank Marczak and Marlene Marczak, to support the study of chemistry. Amount: $500 ($250 per semester) Application: General plus specific essay Requirements: 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, Currently enrolled and taking chemistry courses at time of application (award applied to only the semester in which 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, Submit a completed MCC General Scholarship Application, attaching an additional 500 word essay that explains the reason for pursuing a chemistry career. The deadline is April 13, 2015.
Brenda Gardner|ADAC Scholarship – In memory of Brenda Gardner, fondly remembered employee of ADAC Automotive. Amount: $1,000 ($500 per semester), Application: General 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, completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for the academic year requesting the scholarship funds, completed the Muskegon Community College General Scholarship Application, attaching an additional 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 and the second semester disbursement is contingent upon the student achieving “satisfactory status” according to the College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. The deadline is April 13, 2015.
Tina Dee & Scott Lampe Scholarship – Tina Dee is MCC’s Director of Foundation and Strategic Initiatives. She 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. Amount: $250 Application: General. Requirements: Reside in the Grand Haven Area Public School district, attending MCC on at least a half-time basis , working towards an associate degree, with 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. The deadline is April 13, 2015.
Muskegonites Child Study Club Scholarship – This club was formed to promote and support parental education and child nurturing. Amount: $500-$1,000 ($250 or $500 per semester, based on credit hours). Application: General plus specific essay. 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, demonstrate financial need (as determined by the Financial Aid Office), complete application and submit essay of 500 words or less expressing need for scholarship and discussing career goals. The deadline is April 13, 2015.
Paulsen Scholarship – 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. Amount: $500 ($250 per semester). Application: General. Requirements: Completed one successful season on the MCC Cross Country team, enrolled a minimum of 12 credit hours and at time of application/ award have a GPA of 3.0 or better, demonstrated financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office, meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in order to receive the second semester disbursement. The deadline is April 13, 2015.