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Scholarships Currently Available for Only MWCC Students

MWCC 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. To be eligible, students must be pursuing a STEM degree with a major such as Computer Information Systems (CIS), Natural Resources (NRD), Liberal Arts Biology (LAB), Chemistry (LACH), Physics/Pre-Engineering (LAEP) or Earth Systems (LAES). Students must be taking 12 or more credits and have financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA. Scholarship recipients will also receive additional support such as faculty mentoring, networking, and STEM enrichment activities.

To apply, please complete this application (PDF).

The deadline to apply is May 15, 2017 for priority consideration for the Fall 2017 semester.   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.

Career Focused Education Scholarship

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and Mount Wachusett Community College 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 the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (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 percent 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.

To apply for the Career Focused Scholarship, please complete and submit this application.

Outside Scholarship Postings

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 award
  • Criteria – Graduate of a community college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and with a transferable Associate’s Degree
  • For more information – http://coa.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships
  • Application available for download- Yes

Hill & Ponton Veterans’ Scholarship
The Hill & Ponton Veteran’s Scholarship awards four merit based $1000 scholarships to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • Four $1,000 scholarships
  • Two scholarships will be awarded in the fall, two in the spring
  • Application Deadlines: May 1st and November 1st
  • Awards will be announced June 15th and December 15th
  • For more information – http://www.hillandponton.com/veterans-scholarship/

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment and Scholarship
NURSE Corps gives nurses nationwide the opportunity to turn their passion for service into a lifelong career through the NURSE Corps Scholarship Program and the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program. 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.
  • Apply via this application or by visiting the website.

Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship
Since 1984, the Horatio Alger Association has awarded over $125 million in college scholarships to deserving students. Through nationally recognized educational programs, the Association reaches out directly to our nation’s young people with a message of hope, opportunity, responsibility, and perseverance.

  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Demonstrate financial need; applicants must be Pell Grant eligible
  • Be enrolled in a career or technical degree/certificate granting program in Fall 2017 that will lead to employment
  • Have completed high school (or earned GED) by Spring 2017
  • Priority deadline is June 15, 2017
  • Apply online at application.horatioalger.org

Rindge Adult Woman’s Scholarships
The Rindge Woman’s Club is pleased to announce three scholarships of $1000 each for adult women for the upcoming 2017-18 academic year.

  • Must be residents of Rindge, NH
  • The scholarships are for women who are returning to school to upgrade their skills or education for employment or career advancement, and may be used for a certificate program, or for associate or bachelor’s degree programs at an accredited institution
  • Applications are being accepted until August 15, 2017
  • Scholarships will be disbursed at the successful completion of the semester or course for which the award is given
  • Applications are available at www.rindgewomansclub.org
  • For more information, send an email to rindgewomansclub@gmail.com

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 $1000 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 allof ther 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.

Win free textbooks for the year
During the months of June, July and August, one winner each month will receive free textbooks for the year (up to a $1,200 value). To enter and learn more, visit https://www.collegeavestudentloans.com/promos/win-free-books-2017/.

Scholarship Search Tools

Visit one of these websites to identify other scholarships that are available:

FastWeb:                 fastweb.com

Big Future:              bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search  




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