Scholarships are forms of aid that
help students pay for their education. Like grants, they do not
have to be repaid. Hundreds of thousands of scholarships from several
thousand sponsors are awarded each year.
Typically, scholarships are awarded
for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic
or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are
interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented
groups, who live in certain areas of the country, or who demonstrate
Generally, there are three different
categories of scholarships:
Scholarships funded through the college or university.
Scholarships funded through private businesses, civic organizations,
labor unions, and other groups.
Scholarships offered by federal and state governmental agencies.
Scholarships: MCC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities
to assist new and continuing students in financing their education.
All scholarship applicants must file a Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for any award.
For a complete listing of MCC Scholarships and how to apply, click
Governmental Scholarships: Below are some resources about governmental scholarships.
Private Scholarships: Again, these are scholarships funded by private businesses &
corporations (Wegmans, ESPN, Bausch & Lomb), civic organizations
(Lions Club, Rotary Club, American Legion), and other groups. Students
normally research and apply for these scholarships on their own.
The best places to find scholarship information would be:
- Places of employment for
Parents and/or student.
- Local Libraries.
- High Schools.
Scholarship Guide Books are available for student use in the MCC Career Center Library and the Reference Sections of the MCC LeRoy V. Good Library and the Damon City Campus Library.
Each year, thousands of families are defrauded by scholarship scams.
These individuals prey on students and parent’s confusion and anxiety
regarding financial aid, offering services that are generally provided
for free by the financial aid community.
A few hints in identifying a scholarship
- Legitimate companies never guarantee
or promise scholarships or grants.
- Avoid companies that want you
to pay, or need your credit card number to “hold” a scholarship.
- If unsure of a company, check
with the better business bureau.
For more tips on how to identify scholarship scams check out The
Smart Guide To Financial Aid. http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/scams.phtml