MCCC revamps scholarships

Valerie Culler, director
of Financial Aid

Prospective MCCC students will have new scholarship opportunities available for the Fall 2016 semester.

MCCC has simplified the scholarship application process with the Trustee Merit Scholarship, awarded based on ACT/SAT scores. 

The scholarship is for prospective students who are enrolling in their first semester at MCCC. Students must be Monroe County residents and their ACT/SAT scores can be no more than five years old.

Students must turn in their application and send their ACT/SAT scores by April 15, 2016, and they must register for at least 12 credit hours for the fall semester by June 30, 2016.

Registration for the scholarships is open now.

An ACT/SAT score of 20-21 or 940-1010 will be awarded $1,000. A score of 22-23 or 1020-1080 will receive a $1,250 award. A score of 24 and higher or 1090 and higher will result in a $1,500 scholarship, which is approximately 50 percent of tuition.

The scholarships are renewable for a second year if students maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and a minimum of 24 credit hours by the end of their spring semester. 

The scholarship will not be extended beyond two academic years unless a student is approved for accommodation through the Disability Services Office.

MCCC will still offer the Presidential and Performing Music Scholarship Programs for students that cover all tuition and fees, with a separate application available in the scholarship area of the MCCC website.

The Instructional Scholarships program was reinvented into the new scholarship program to expand scholarship opportunities for Monroe County residents.
Valerie Culler, the director of financial aid, explained the changes.

“They have discontinued the Board of Trustees scholarships and they have discontinued the instructional scholarships,” Culler said, “in order for us to implement the Trustee Merit Scholarship.”

The two discontinued scholarships, however, are still renewable.

“Anybody who had received the Board of Trustees or the instructional scholarship for the first time in the 2015-2016 year, because it’s a renewable scholarship, their renewal will be honored.”

The Foundation at MCCC awards more than 80 scholarships to new and continuing students. The application process for these have been simplified, now taking only around 20 minutes to apply.

“There are a number of scholarships that we have through the MCCC foundation which are all donor funded,” Culler said.

“Those are the scholarships students apply for through the academic works system and that scholarship application is open right now,” she said.