What types of scholarships are available to MGCC students?
MGCC Educational Foundation scholarships are funded by individuals, corporations, and community groups and are awarded by the MGCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee on a competitive basis.
Privately funded scholarships are those awarded through sources outside MGCC. Examples of these scholarships include those offered by companies like Wal-Mart, Burger King, Coca Cola, etc. These types of scholarship have specific applications, eligibility requirements, and deadlines. The MGCC Educational Foundation does not coordinate private scholarships and all information contained on this page refers only to MGCC Educational Foundation Scholarships.
All students, regardless of income or academic performance, are required to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Why should I apply for a MGCC Educational Foundation Scholarship?
Any student currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a curriculum at MGCC who has a minimum 2.75 GPA is encouraged to apply for a MGCC Educational Foundation Scholarship. You need only fill out one MGCC EF standard scholarship application form. If you complete and submit your scholarship application packet by the deadline, you will automatically be considered for all scholarships for which you meet the eligibility requirements. Available Scholarships.
Am I still eligible for a MGCC Educational Foundation scholarship even if I don’t qualify for financial aid?
Absolutely! We believe in rewarding hard work and academic excellence; therefore, most MGCC EF scholarships are merit based. While most are open to everyone in the MGCC service area, others were created to reward exceptional academic performance or to provide support for students enrolled/enrolling in a specific program, living in a particular region of the service area, or who demonstrate particular need.
What is the Roadrunner Promise Scholarship Program?
The Roadrunner Promise Program is open to ALL MGCC students; high school, continuing, non-traditional and nursing. The Roadrunner Promise Program is a need based scholarship that helps to remove the financial barriers of attending MGCC. In addition, the Roadrunner Promise helps pay for the cost of books. Acceptance into the program is based on the level of need and current available funding. Students are required to complete and return a MGCC Educational Foundation scholarship application, including a FAFSA, and check the appropriate Roadrunner Promise Program box. Eligibility requirements are:
- A minimum 2.25 GPA
- A resident of the MGCC service area
- Completed scholarship application – (Please see page two of the application form for a complete list of requirements.)
In addition, students accepted into the Roadrunner Promise Program are required to fulfill the following:
- Attend the MGCC Orientation prior to the start of the fall semester.
- Complete one credit hour SDV course during the first semester
- Complete four hours of community service each semester. (The service program must be pre-approved by the Foundation Office.)
- Be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours (with a maximum of 15 credit hours) per semester. (No more than two developmental courses TOTAL will be covered by the program.)
- Maintain a 2.25 GPA or higher
How do I know for which MGCC Educational Foundation Scholarships I should apply?
To review the types of scholarships available through the MGCC Educational Foundation, Available Scholarships. Again, students need only complete the standard application to automatically be considered for all the scholarships in which the eligibility requirements are met.
Where can I find a MGCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Application?
How do I apply for MGCC Educational Foundation Scholarships?
First, individuals must be currently enrolled at Mountain Gateway Community College or have applied for admission. The standard on-line scholarship application is required for ALL scholarships. You need only fill out this application once, even if you wish to be considered for several different MGCC scholarships. *Please see the full list of available scholarships for exceptions, as well as for additional scholarship criteria information – Available Scholarships.
In order for your application to be considered, all parts of the application MUST be completed and submitted through the online application found here.
Please remember that MGCC Educational Foundation scholarships are handled separately from financial aid and private scholarships. If you are applying for a MGCC Educational Foundation scholarship, your application materials should be submitted to the Educational Foundation Office. Submitting MGCC Educational Foundation application materials to the college’s Financial Aid office could cause your application to be delayed or lost.
When is the deadline to apply for MGCC Educational Foundation scholarships?
The deadline is typically at the end of February each year. Check here for the current submission deadline. Late applications are not accepted.
What are the conditions regarding the use of MGCC Educational Foundation awards?
Scholarship funds may be used only for tuition and/or books for courses taken at MGCC during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded and/or as indicated on the Scholarship Acceptance Contract signed by the scholarship recipients. The foundation will pay only for books purchased through the MGCC bookstore. Any funds not used by a recipient during an award period will be returned to the individual scholarship account to be used by future recipients.
How are recipients selected and notified?
Recipients for the various awards are chosen by the MGCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee based upon previous course study, GPA, standardized test scores, recommendations, and essay(s). Recipients will be notified whether or not they receive an award typically within two weeks following the respective deadline. Students who do not receive scholarships also will be notified. Students who apply for, but do not receive, a MGCC Educational Foundation scholarship still may be eligible for assistance from federal or state sources. Please contact the campus Financial Aid Office for more information regarding this type of help.
If I receive a MGCC Educational Foundation Scholarship, how will the funds be disbursed?
All award information is given to the MGCC Financial Aid and Businesses Offices, and all awards will be indicated in the students’ individual accounts. One half the award is allotted for the fall semester and one half for the spring semester. Scholarship awards will be applied to the student’s account balance. The Educational Foundation does not write checks to students. Books purchased with scholarship funds must be purchased from the MGCC bookstore by the end of the second week of classes.
Who can I contact if I have a question about a MGCC Educational Foundation Scholarship? Contact Vicki Pickle, Educational Foundation Scholarship and Development Coordinator.
Backels Hall, room 152
by phone at 540-863-2835
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Pickle is also is available to meet with individual students by appointment.
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