Scholarships for Only MWCC Students

Mount Wachusett Community College has over 40 scholarships available that can be applied for through Award Spring on iConnect.

STEM-SET Scholarship

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is supporting MWCC students with scholarship funds. Recipients will also receive additional support such as faculty mentoring, networking, and STEM enrichment activities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrollment at MWCC in a STEM degree program such as Biotechnology, Computer Information Systems, Natural Resources, Liberal Arts Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Pre-Engineering or Earth Systems
  • Enrollment in 12 or more credits
  • Financial need based on FAFSA

Priority Deadline: May 1, 2018 (If scholarship funds are still available, late applications will be considered.)

For more information, please contact Dr. Carrie Arnold at 978-630-9240 or Veronica Guay, Assistant Dean of the School of Business, Science, Technology and Math at 978-630-9533.

STEM SET Application

Career Focused Education Scholarship

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and MWCC are pleased to offer scholarships to support students seeking career focused education programs and improved employment opportunities.

Receive a scholarship in a short term academic program and return to the workforce quickly!

Many Mount Wachusett Community College students further their education for the purpose of reorienting themselves to a new or advanced career. Some academic programs have limited Federal and State financial aid eligibility, which can result in financial difficulty for students. The Career Focused Education Scholarship can assist with funding to encourage program completion and career eligibility.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrollment at MWCC in Advanced Manufacturing or Biotechnology Program (preferred); or enrollment at MWCC in a certificate program for career improvement
  • Financial need based on FAFSA
  • From the North Central Massachusetts Area
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Completion of the MWCC Scholarship Application

Award Amount: Scholarship awards will not exceed 75% of the gap between a student’s cost of attendance and other financial aid and resources. All other financial aid, scholarships, and resources will be exhausted before application of the Career Focused Education Scholarship.

Outside Scholarships

Citrix ShareFile Innovation Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to help students pay for their education as they seek their own opportunities for innovation. Citrix ShareFile is awarding $10,000 in scholarship awards to the top three students who submit the best essays.

  • 1st Place – $5,000
  • 2nd Place -$3,000
  • 3rd Place – $2,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. university, trade school, or college.
  • Students will submit an application including their essay through a Podio form.
  • All information fields in the application must be completed in full, in the English language, and the application must be received by the deadline to be eligible.
  • Students may submit only one application, and no revisions to the application may be made after it has been submitted.
  • Applications are due December 15, 2017
  • Apply online at:

College of the Atlantic’s Community College Scholarship

The College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, ME, has a scholarship geared specifically for transferring community college students.

  • Value:– $15,000/year
  • Criteria: Must be a graduate of a community college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a transferable Associate’s Degree
  • Application: Download from COA’s website

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment and Scholarship

NURSE Corps helps to build healthier communities in urban, rural, and frontier areas by supporting nurses and nursing students committed to working in communities with inadequate access to care. The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs have helped critical shortage facilities meet their urgent need for nurses since 2002.

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program helps alleviate the shortage of nurses across the country by offering loan repayment assistance to registered nurses and advance practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, working at Critical Shortage facilities and nurse faculty employed at accredited schools of nursing. Program participants receive up to 60% of their qualifying student loans in exchange for a two-year service commitment –plus an additional 25% of their original loan balance for an optional third year.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program formerly the Nursing Scholarship Program, helps students complete their nursing education by paying tuition, fees, other education costs while providing a monthly living stipend. The program is open to full-time or part-time nursing students accepted or enrolled in diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs at accredited schools located in the U.S. Upon graduation, scholarship program members fulfill a service commitment at a Critical Shortage Facility.

Lost Coin Women’s Fund

  • Supports post-secondary academic opportunities for low-income Massachusetts women.
  • Provides funds for payment of tuition bills, book fees, and other expenses related to academic pursuits.
  • Assists women receiving remedial academic support such as ESL training, GED preparation and remedial English/math courses and certificate training programs.

Hope Scholarship

The Hope Scholarship ($1,500 maximum) is a federal tax credit program. Eligible students (half-time enrollment is required) will receive a 100% tax credit for the first $1,000 of tuition and required fees and a 50% credit on the second $1,000. This credit is available for the first two years of a college education. This credit is phased out for joint filers who have over $80,000 of adjusted gross income, and for single filers who have over $40,000 of adjusted gross income.

While the student must pay the cost of education, minus any financial aid and scholarship at the time of enrollment, the tax credit can be received for out-of-pocket expenses when the federal tax return is filed.

Lifetime Learning Credit

This tax credit is targeted to adults, and to students who have used all of their Hope Scholarship eligibility. A family can receive a 20% tax credit for up to $5,000 of tuition and required fees paid.

As with the Hope Scholarship, the availability of these tax credits is dependent upon federal tax laws. Parents and students with questions about these tax credits should consult the Internal Revenue Service forms and instructions.