MCC Foundation Scholarships

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What types of scholarships does the MCC Foundation offer?

The MCC Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for currently enrolled MCC students. Examples of scholarship criteria include:

  • Academic performance
  • Specific program/major requirements
  • City/town of residence
  • Community involvement
  • Interest in Study-Abroad
  • Financial need

Award criteria varies, but in general, most awards require a 3.0 GPA and that the applicant has completed 9 credits at MCC by the close of the application.

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How do I apply for awards, and when is the application open?

The next scholarship application cycle will open on Monday, March 4, 2024 for awards for the Fall 2024 semester.  The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26, 2024.

Enrolled MCC students may apply via the AwardSpring online application site using student A # and password. 
NOTE: The application can not be accessed until the open application date.

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Do I need to apply for each award separately?

No, the application is a general application, and the scholarship system will apply you for as many awards as you are eligible based on scholarship criteria.  Please Note: a few awards require additional information to apply.  These will be clearly noted on your application Dashboard.  Please pay close attention to your Application Dashboard.

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Do I need to complete the application in one sitting?

No, you may save your application and go back into your application anytime during the open application period using your ID and password. You must, though, complete the application and submit it by the deadline to be eligible for awards.

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When will I know if I have received an award?

All student applicants will receive notification whether or not they have received an award.  Applicants will be notified in June of results. The notification will come via MCC student email.

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How will I receive my scholarship award?

Your offer letter will be emailed to you at your student MCC email address. The email will have instructions on how to accept your award. Once all of the requirements have been met, your award will be applied to your MCC student account. Please note, that MCC Foundation Scholarships are applied prior to any Federal or State Financial Aid, or MassReconnect funds. If you have questions about your student account, please contact MCC Financial Aid and Student Accounts.

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What is required of me when I accept a scholarship award?

  • Award recipients are required to accept the Fall 2024 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD ACCEPTANCE POLICY which states “To receive this scholarship, you must be an enrolled student at MCC and in good standing. Please note, that all applications will be reviewed by the Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Student Affairs offices for verification. Once all applications are verified, awards will be sent directly to your MCC Student Account.”
  • Award recipients are required to read and agree to the MCC Media/Photography Policy.
  • Award recipients are required to write a thank you letter to the scholarship donor.
  • Award recipients are required to attend the award ceremony on Thursday, October 3, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. on the Bedford Campus.
  • Award recipients are strongly encouraged to upload a headshot which will be included in the PowerPoint presentation that will be running during the awards ceremony.

*All of this information will be clearly stated in your award letter.

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I receive financial aid, may I still apply for scholarships?

Yes. Receiving Financial Aid does NOT prevent you from applying for a scholarship. 

Please Note: The MCC Foundation Scholarship Review Committee vets all eligible student scholarship recipients through the MCC Office of Financial Aid and the MCC Office of Student Accounts to ensure that scholarship awards do not interfere with any student aid packages.

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If I do not have financial aid, can I still apply for a scholarships?

Yes, all eligible MCC students can apply.  Please note that some need-based scholarships do require the student to have applied for financial aid and completed a FAFSA form.

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If the award requires a letter recommendation, how do I request this?

Please ask a current or past MCC faculty member or advisor to write a recommendation on your behalf. (We do not accept references from family members or classmates). Pay attention to scholarship deadlines, and be sure to give the person writing your recommendation plenty of time to complete it. Be aware that some faculty and staff may be approached by more than one student to write this type of recommendation. It is important to be respectful and appreciative of your reference’s time. You will enter the name and email address of the person writing your recommendation into your application. The faculty or staff member will receive an email with a link to upload the recommendation directly to your application.

It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with the faculty recommender to confirm the recommendation has been uploaded to the applicant's file.

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Can I apply for a scholarship every year?

Yes. Receiving a scholarship does not prevent you from applying again the next year.

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Do I have to be an enrolled student to apply for a scholarship?

Yes, you must be an enrolled student who is planning to return to MCC for the fall 2024 semester.

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I’m graduating from MCC in May 2024. Can I receive a scholarship?

No, you are not eligible to receive an MCC Foundation Scholarship if you are graduating from MCC in May 2024.

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Do you recommend that I fill out a FAFSA?

Yes, filling out a FAFSA will help us determine your eligibility for awards that require you to demonstrate financial need. Visit the MCC Financial Aid webpage for more information and to complete your 2024-2025 FASFA form.

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Last Modified: 3/4/24