Scholarships are an opportunity for you to pursue educational goals without having to pay out of your own pocket. There are various types of scholarships available from individuals, colleges, private organizations, and charities.
There are two different scholarship applications administered by Maricopa County Community Colleges:
Maricopa Community College District Scholarships (publicly funded)
Maricopa Community College District scholarships require applicants to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, to qualify for financial aid, including scholarships, you will need to verify your lawful presence within the U.S.
This system is available year-round to complete your general application and to apply for available opportunities. It is only shutdown briefly (on or around Spring Break) to refresh the data in the system. At that time, all applications are archived and students complete a new general application.
Maricopa Foundation Scholarships (privately funded)
Maricopa Foundation scholarships include privately funded opportunities that are open to all MCCCD students and in some cases, non-Maricopa colleges and universities, as well. A FAFSA and verified lawful presence are not eligibility requirements for the majority of Maricopa Foundation scholarships.
The Foundation database is only open at specific times. Opportunities will be available from February 10th – March 22nd for Fall 2015 scholarships and again in October / November 2015 (actual dates to be determined) for Spring 2016.
Both types of scholarships are available via AcademicWorks, but must be maintained in two different sites. As many of the essay questions are the same, or very similar in nature, you may want to prepare your responses in a Word document so that you can copy and paste your responses into both applications.
Maricopa Community Colleges Scholarships
Before applying to any opportunities, take a look at this tutorial on tips for completing your scholarship application successfully:
Call the Maricopa Financial Aid Answer Center at 1-888-994-4433 or
Email Scholarship Administrators at MCCCD
District-specific scholarship questions: email@example.com
Foundation-specific scholarship questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
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