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First-Time MCC Student Scholarships

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It’s easy.

Apply for all available scholarships with one universal application.

It’s convenient.

You can apply for scholarships and enrollment at MCC at the same time.

It’s for everyone.

With more than 50 scholarships and millions of dollars available, there is something for everyone.


 

How to Apply

1. Click on the blue button or go to mccneb.edu/apply
2. Log in to student account (if no account exists, a new application should be created)
3. Check “Supplemental Items” in the application
4. Click on “Scholarship Essay Form” and complete all required information
5. Upload the Essay Form to the application by March 1 at 11 p.m.

  • early scholarships awarding deadline of  Dec. 1, 2019 (students notified by Jan. 1),
  • and a last call of March 1 (students notified April 1). 

6. Students will receive an email confirmation of a successful upload of the document
There are two essays the student is required to complete, with a 500 word maximum for each essay.  When the essays are completed, open the application and upload the essays. The two essays are below:
Essay 1: Tell us about a time when you faced a challenge, setback or failure. What did you do to overcome it, how did it impact you and what did you learn from the experience?
Essay 2. Please describe an issue, purpose or idea that fascinates you.  What makes it so appealing to you and how have you pursued a deeper understanding of it?
7. Students are automatically applied to all available scholarships once the Scholarship Essay Form is completed.

Scholarship Opportunities for First-Time Students

Metropolitan Community College, in conjunction with the generosity of donors through the MCC Foundation, offers a wide array of scholarships to help students lower the cost of attending college. These scholarships are available to students in various programs of studies, with various academic abilities and for students with and without financial need. Students are automatically applied to all available scholarships once their application and Scholarship Essay Form are completed.

Note: A completed FAFSA is required at the MCC Financial Aid office for all need-based scholarships.


General Scholarships

Board of Governors Graduating Senior

  • Full coverage of tuition and fees for up to eight quarters
  • Resident of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, or Washington county
  • High school graduate in 2019-20 with a 2.75 GPA

Board of Governors Nontraditional

  • Full coverage of tuition and fees for eight quarters
  • Resident of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy or Washington County
  • Graduated high school before 2017-18

Academic Excellence

  • Full coverage of tuition and fees for eight quarters
  • Nebraska resident
  • ACT composite score of 26 or higher

Take It Further

  • $750 total award ($250 per quarter for three quarters)
  • Must complete two MCC courses with a grade C or higher while in high school

Future Forward

  • $1,500 total award ($500 per quarter for Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • High school graduate in 2019-20 with a 2.0 GPA
  • Enrolled in a career and technical education program

Builders of the Future

  • $1,500 total award ($500 per quarter for Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • High school graduate in 2019-20 with a 2.0 GPA
  • Participated in Builders of the Future program while in high school

Aksarben Career Promise

  • $2,000 total award ($500 per quarter for four quarters)
  • Successful completion of an MCC Career Academy
  • Enrolled in a career or technical education program

Applied Technology

Applied Technology Teaching Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Must be enrolled or enrolling in college of Applied Technology at MCC
  • Requires cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above; GPA must be maintained during the scholarship
  • Full-time student

Auto Collision Advisory Board Scholarship 

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Pursing an associate degree in Auto Collision Technology
  • Full-time Student
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Johnny Baxter Carriage House Foundation Tool Club Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Pursuing an associate degree in Automotive or Diesel Technology
  • To be used to purchase tools

Midwest Early Corvette Club Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Auto Technology (AUTT) majors
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Open to both full- and part-time students

Nebraska Logistics Council Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Full-time student
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher

Business and Human Services

Business Administration Division Scholarship

  • Requires a major in Business Administrative Division (including Legal Assistant)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Enrolled in at least two certificate or degree related course each quarter
  • Scholastic ability and career potential strongly considered

Eric Bennett Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Pursuing a degree/major in human services

South Omaha Business Association Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • First-time MCC student
  • Full-time student
  • GPA 2.5 or above; must be maintained during scholarship
  • Declared major in Business Administration or Information Technology

Construction Education

Building Futures Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Full-time student
  • Pursuing an associate degree or certificate program in building and construction trades

Carl P. Rigatuso Memorial Apprenticeship Scholarship

  • Pursuing completion of an apprenticeship program
  • Enrolled full-time in an apprenticeship program (6 clock hr/week)

Culinary Arts and Horticulture

Matthew T. Chambers Horticulture Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Pursuing an associate degree in Horticulture

Audren and Evelyn Swanson Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Pursuing an associate degree or certificate program in Horticulture

Bruce Tomasek Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Pursuing an associate degree or certificate program in Horticulture

Culinary Arts and Management Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but it is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Pursuing a degree/major in culinary arts and management program
  • Citizenship not required, but must be living/working legally in U.S.

David/Bernie Epstein Memorial Scholarship

  • Majoring in Culinary Arts & Management
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Written recommendation required by 1 faculty or non-relative
  • Citizenship not required, but must be living/working legally in the U.S.

Dawn Wesslund Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Majoring in Culinary Arts & Management

Gary Johnson Memorial Scholarship

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Pursuing a degree/major in culinary arts and management program

Griffin-Becker Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered, but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Harold Norman Culinary Arts and Hospitality Scholarship

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Pursuing a degree/major in culinary arts and management program

Jack Kawa Culinary Arts and Hospitality Scholarship

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Pursuing a degree/major in culinary arts and management program

Metropolitan Utilities District Culinary Arts Scholarship

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Pursuing a degree/major in culinary arts and management program

Ron Sailors Culinary Arts Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Pursuing a degree/major in any Culinary Arts program
  • Entering freshman or a returning student
  • Citizenship not required, but must be living/working legally in the U.S.
  • Recommended by a MCC culinary management team.

Health and Public Services

Criminal Justice Faculty Scholarship

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Full-time Student
  • Pursuing a degree in the Criminal Justice Field

Gloria Menard Osborn Scholarship

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Pursuing a certificate or associate degree in one of the following: construction technology, information technology or the health careers fields

Jordan Lee Whitney Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Preference to students who participated in home schooling
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 if student has attended high school or taken college level classes
  • Majoring in an associate degree or certificate program at MCC
  • Pursuing an Apprenticeship Program (Electrical or Plumbing), Emergency Medical Technician Certificate, or Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate
  • High school student in developmental classes or above
  • Exhibit a high degree or moral character and good citizenship as indicated in a letter of reference from a clergy member, high school teacher or counselor, or civic organization

Ruth/Clarice Oberndorfer Scholarship

  • Financial need not required but may be considered
  • Must have earned GED
  • Must be a first-time Metropolitan Community College student
  • Pursuing an Education or Health Care diploma, certificate or degree

Humanities and Visual Arts

Ruth Buck Kissel Scholarship

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Pursuing an associate degree
  • Entering freshman
  • Enrolled or returning student
  • Major or program of study in Graphic Arts
  • Enrolled full-time
  • May be a U.S. citizen but it is not required

Industrial Education

Rex Stacy Memorial Welding Technology Scholarship

  • Financial Need may be considered, but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above which is a B
  • (No outstanding debt to the college or academic probation)
  • Only Welding Technology Associate Degree, Certificate or Occupational Specialists Programs are eligible
  • Student may be an entering freshman
  • Student may be a currently enrolled or returning student
  • Students may be enrolled part-time or full-time

The Owen/PVS Scholarship

  • Must be majoring in engineering, drafting, or welding
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Full-time student

Walter Scott, Jr. Welding Scholarship

  • Must be majoring in Welding Technology
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Full- or part-time student

Information Technology

Cox Communications Pioneer Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Pursuing a degree in one of the following: Business Management, Electronic Technology, Pre-Engineering, Computer Technology, Utility Line, Liberal Arts/Academic Transfer or Drafting and Design

Information Technology Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Pursuing a degree in the Computer Technology and E-Learning

Karen Schnepf Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Pursuing an associate degree
  • Citizenship not required but must be living/working legally in the U.S.
  • Entering freshman if enrolling as full-time only
  • Pursuing a program of study in Computer Technology/Programming

Math and Natural Sciences

Donald Knapp Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Majoring in science or pre-engineering program
  • Omaha Public School student/graduate
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Social Sciences

Beth Nimmo Social Sciences Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Certificate or associate degree in any Social Science program
  • Enrolled full-time or part-time
  • Citizenship not required, but must be living/working legally in the U.S.

Douglas McLeod Weber Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Preference will be given to students pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts at MCC

Janell Shain Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Pursuing an associate degree in the Early Childhood program

MCCF General Scholarships

Dr. Jerry Moskus Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but not required
  • Certificate or associate degree in any program of study at MCC
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Edward and Lida Robinson Scholarship
  • Financial need required
  • Certificate or associate degree in any program of study at MCC

James M. Cox Foundation Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Enrolled full-time
  • Declared major in an associate degree program

Johnny Rodgers Career & Technical Education Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Certificate, specialist diploma or associate degree in a vocational program at MCC
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above

MCC Custodial Staff Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but not required
  • Certificate or associate degree in any program of study at MCC
  • Entering freshman or returning student
  • Enrolled part-time or full-time
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above

MCCF General Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but not required
  • Certificate or associate degree in any program of study at MCC
  • Entering freshman or returning student
  • Enrolled part-time or full-time
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above

MCCF Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Certificate or associate degree in any program of study at MCC
  • Citizenship not required but must be living/working legally in the U.S.

MCCF New Student Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered but not required
  • Certificate or associate degree in any program of study at MCC
  • Must have completed less than 24 credit hours at or above the 1000 level at MCC

Miltenberger Scholarship

  • Certificate or associate degree in any program of study at MCC
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Patricia and Lance Plummer Scholarship

  • Certificate or associate degree in any program of study at MCC
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Peter Kiewit Foundation Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Pursuing a certificate or associate degree in a vocational program at MCC
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Full-time student 12 or more credit hours
  • GPA and status must be maintained during the awarding period
  • Attend fall, winter and spring quarters for the academic year awarded

The Guinan Family Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • A cumulative GPA between 2.0 and 3.0 at the time of application
  • Full- or part-time student
  • Must have declared major or certificate

The Hawks Foundation Scholarship

  • Financial need required
  • First-time or continuing MCC student
  • Full-time student
  • Declared major and GPA of 2.8 or above; must be maintained during scholarship
  • Renewable

Timothy L. Dempsey Scholarship

  • Financial need required
  • Full- or part-time students
  • Must have a 2.0 high school or college cumulative GPA at the time of application

William H. Dodd Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Specialized Scholarships

Catalan-Latino Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Graduating high school senior who plans to attend Metropolitan Community College preferred
  • Must be a full-time student 12 or more credit hours
  • Latino origin strongly preferred

Douglas County Corrections Advancement Scholarship

  • Financial need is not required, but may be considered
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be maintained during the scholarship
  • May be a full- or part-time student
  • Renewable

Fr. George R. Sullivan, SJ Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • May be a full- or part-time student
  • Graduating Senior from Creighton Prep. attending MCC for the first time

Fremont Area Schools Scholarship

  • Financial Need may be considered, but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Must be pursuing an Associates’ degree or certificate in the Allied Health field
  • Must be a resident of Dodge County

Lamp Rynearson Scholarship

  • Financial Need may be considered, but is not required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
  • Must be pursuing an Associates’ degree in the trades
  • Graduating high school senior from Omaha South Magnet High School

Lucille I. Mix Memorial Scholarship

  • Financial need may be considered, but is not required
  • Pursuing a certificate or associate degree in any program of study
  • Must be in the TRiO Program
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Full or part-time student

MCC Military Student Textbook Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • To be used to purchase required textbooks at any MCC bookstore

MCC Student Textbook Scholarship

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • To be used to purchase required textbooks at any MCC bookstore

Travelers Scholarship

  • Financial need is required
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Graduating high school senior or GED recipient within MCC’s service area
  • Maintain enrollment of 6 credit hours or more per quarter during the term of the scholarship assistance
  • Participated in College Possible-Omaha or Career for Kids

Frequently asked questions

contact

Scholarships Office
Metropolitan Community College
30th and Fort streets
P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103
531-622-0024

scholarships@mccneb.edu