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.


Download our 2015-16 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

MOMETIX College ScholarshipCollege 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 Scholarship prizes of $1,000, $2,000 and $5,000 will be awarded.

Central Michigan University – Global Campus – Once again Central Michigan University – Global Campus is seeking applications for the 2015 Michigan Community College Academic Achievement Award. This award was established in 2011 for Global Campus undergraduate students who have earned an associate’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from a Higher Learning Commission accredited community college located in a Michigan. Applicants must be geographically bound for professional or personal reasons and reside in a Michigan county that has no public residential four-year university or reside more than 30 miles from a four-year public residential university in Michigan. Recipients receive $250.00 per credit hour renewable for up to four continues years. Up to six of these awards are given annually.  The MCCAAA is only one of several scholarships that are available for Global Campus students.

In addition to scholarships, Military tuition discounted rates are available to active U.S. military including National Guard and reserve; active duty military spouses and dependent children; military retirees; honorably discharged veterans; and Department of Defense (DoD) employees who are admitted to select Global Campus. Also, a CMU Parent Rate is available to the parent of a CMU student or alumni.

Muskegonites Child Study Club Scholarship – This club was formed to promote and support parental education and child nurturing.  Please fill out the general application in the Scholarship Guide at the top of the page.  Requirements:  Be enrolled in an Education program/pursuing teacher certification, successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at MCC at the time of the 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, and submit an essay of 500 words or less expressing the need for the scholarship and career goals.  Amount $500 – $1,000 ($250 or $500 per semester, based on credit hours).  Application deadline has been extended to June 15.

Tina Dee & Scott Lampe Scholarship – Applicants must reside in the Grand Haven Area Public School district, attend MCC at least half-time, and working towards an associate degree, with plans to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree in marketing or communications. Preference is given to single parents and/or a graduate of Grand Haven Central High School.  Amount:  $250.  Please fill out the general application in the Scholarship Guide at the top of the page.  Deadline:  June 15.

Brenda Gardner/ADAC Scholarship – Requirements: Muskegon County resident who has an interest in working in human resources, enrolled in business related program, cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better, completed FAFSA, complete the MCC General Scholarship application in the Scholarship Guide along with an additional 500 word essay that explains the reason for pursuing a career in human resources and related goals for working in this field.  Amount:  $1,000 ($500 per semester).  Deadline:  June 15.

Paulsen Scholarship –  Requirements:  Completed one successful season on the MCC Cross Country team, enrolled minimum of 12 credit hours, GPA of 3.0 or better, demonstrated financial need as determined by the Financial Aid office, and meet satisfactory academic progress.  Amount:  $500.  Complete the MCC General Scholarship application in the Scholarship Guide.  Deadline: June 15.

Max Monette Memorial Scholarship – Established by Ruth Monette in memory of Max, a former MCC instructor in the Business Department.  Amount: $250 for Fall 2015 semester.  Application: General, essay should note goals related to study of business.  Requirements:  Must be enrolled full-time at the time of the award is applied (Fall 2015), and Essay should outline goals related to study of business.  To apply:  Complete the application in the MCC 2015-16 Scholarship Guide (link is above) and note Max Monette Memorial Scholarship at top of essay; submit to room #108 by Monday, June 15.