MCC Foundation Scholarships Available

3 Muscatine Community College students at the 2013 Commencement Ceremony in cap and gownThe Muscatine Community College (MCC) Foundation has $275,000 in scholarships available for students planning to attend the college in the 2014-15 academic year.

The amount was approved by the MCC Foundation’s Board of Directors at a recent meeting. All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships.

One of the common misconceptions regarding scholarships is that only the very best of the current high school graduates receive scholarship dollars. The reality is far from that.

The MCC Foundation awards scholarships to deserving Muscatine Community College (one of the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges) students based on widely varied criteria.

Some scholarships do emphasize academic achievement, but many others look more strongly at such things as financial need or community and school involvement. Others are dependent on the program in which the student is planning to enroll.

It is also important to note that applicants do not have to be the traditional college age of 18 - 21 or even a full-time student. A large number of older MCC students receive scholarships every year and many part-time students receive funding as well.

There is no cost to apply but students are encouraged to begin the process early in case any questions arise as they are completing the form. The application deadline is April 1. Students can submit their applications online at eicc.edu/scholarships.

Students also need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As the name states, the application is free of charge. It is available at fafsa.ed.gov.

More information is available at eicc.edu/scholarships or by contacting the college at 563-288-6005.