MCC Foundation Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities through the Mayland Community College Foundation


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MCC Foundation Scholarships

Students at Mayland Community College are encouraged to explore a range of scholarship opportunities, including the MCC Foundation Scholarship Program.

Through the MCC Foundation Scholarship Program, over 50 scholarships are made available to our students.  While eligibility for each scholarship varies, the majority are awarded based on financial need and academic promise.  For more information about scholarships administered through the MCC Foundation Scholarship Program and to access the online scholarship application, students are encouraged to visit the Foundation website at  The Mayland Community College Scholarship Committee reviews applications and makes awards twice per year, for Fall/Spring and Spring only.  Application periods are:

Fall-Spring: March 15 - April 30

*Spring Only: September 1 - October 15

*NOTE: Students are eligible to receive a maximum of one (1) scholarship award per academic year.  Only those students who have NOT received an award for Fall-Spring are eligible to apply for the Spring Only cycle. 

​Scholarship applications must be submitted online.  All required supporting documentation must be submitted and processed ON or BEFORE the specified deadline dates.  Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The Mayland Community College Foundation awards scholarships without regard to race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin or physical disability.​

The MCC Foundation on-line scholarship application can be accessed here.

Click here for a list of MCC Foundation Endowed Scholarships.


Current Community Scholarship Opportunities:

Golden LEAF Scholarship for Four Year Schools - Deadline:  March 1, 2015
Herter-O'Neal Scholarship - Deadline:  March 18, 2015
State Employees Association of NC Scholarship - Deadline:  April 15, 2015
Operation Pocket Change Scholarship - Deadline:  April 21, 2015


Community Scholarship Opportunities​

Golden LEAF Scholarship for Transfer Students

Deadline:  March 1, 2015

Do you have plans to attend a four year college or university in the Fall of 2015?  If so, you may qualify for the Golden LEAF Scholarship for four year schools.

To be eligible, students must:​

  • Be enrolled in the 14-15 academic year at an NC high school or community college.​

  • Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes.​

  • Reside in one of 79 qualifying counties (Avery, Madison, Mitchell, McDowell, and Yancey Counties all qualify - see a full list at​

  • Enroll in a qualifying UNC institution or NC private non-profit college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student in the Fall of 2015.  (Visit for a list of qualifying campuses.)​

  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).​

  • Present a record of satisfactory academic achievement and community service.​

  • Submit an application.​

The Golden LEAF Scholarship application for four year schools is available at  Be sure to click on the Golden LEAF Scholars Program application and NOT the Golden LEAF Scholars Program for NC Community Colleges.  Applications and the FAFSA must be submitted by the March 1 deadline date.

Herter-O'Neal Scholarship

Deadline:  March 18, 2015

The Herter-O'Neal Scholarship is named for Edith Cline Herter and Frances Herman O'Neal, two Cooperative Extension secretaries in Catawba County who were instrumental in the formation of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Secretaries Association.  The Herter-O'Neal Scholarship is awarded each year to honor the work and dedication of these two women.

Guidelines and eligibility criteria:​

  • ​Applicant must be pursuing an Associate degree in a business-related field of study.
  • Applicant must be a legal resident of North Carolina.
  • Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation from non-family members.

Applications are available here or in the Financial Aid Department located on the main floor of Gwaltney Hall.  This scholarship is for the 15-16 academic year.  The application and all required documentation must be received at the address on the application​ by the March 18 deadline date.

State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) Scholarship

Deadline:  April 15, 2015

The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) Scholarship Foundation will issue scholarships in 2015 for SEANC members, their spouses and their dependent children.  The scholarship application consists of three categories:  Financial Need, Merit, and Member Only.​

The scholarship application is available on the SEANC website​ and must be submitted to the District Scholarship Chairperson with a postmark of no later than April 15, 2015.  Recipients will be notified by July 1, 2015. 

The following items should be kept in mind when considering this scholarship:​

  • Only SEANC members or their dependents are eligible to receive this scholarship (Membership in the State Employees Credit Union does not qualify)

  • Applicants must apply through a local SEANC district.  District information is available here.

  • Financial need or Merit applicants must be enrolled full-time for the 15-16 academic year.

  • Member only applicants must work full-time and be enrolled in at least six credit hours for the 15-16 academic year.

Operation Pocket Change Scholarship

Deadline:  April 21, 2015

Mountain Electric Cooperative (MEC) offers the Operation Pocket Change Scholarship each year to students who live in the MEC service area.  The service area includes Avery County, and portions of Watauga, Burke, and McDowell counties in North Carolina.  In Tennessee, the service area includes Johnson and Carter counties, as well as Roan Mountain and a portion of the Hampton Community.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Mountain Electric Cooperative employees and their children are ineligible.

  • You must be enrolled in a two-year or four-year accredited college as a full time student in the 2015 Fall Semester.

  • You must live in the MEC service area.

Requirements for applying:​

  • Current college students must submit the "Second to Fourth Year College Student" application.

  • You must submit two letters of recommendation.

  • You must submit an official college transcript.

  • You must submit copies of your (and your parents', if applicable) 2014 tax returns.

  • You must submit a copy of the 2015-16 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), including your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

  • You must submit a current photograph of yourself (specifications are listed on application).

Applications are available in the Financial Aid Department or on the Mountain Electric Cooperative website.​

General Scholarships

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Support Award

This scholarship is for low income women who are 17 years old or older and are mothers with minor children.  Apply online at the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation.

Ronald McDonald House Chapter Scholars Program

All students are eligible to apply.  Students must demonstrate financial need, academic potential, leadership, and community involvement.  Apply online at Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Scholarship Opportunities for Veterans

Scholarships are available through the North Carolina Department of Administration for Veteran Affairs for children of certain deceased, disabled, or POW/MIA beterans provided under Chapter 165, Article 4.  For more information or to apply for these scholarships, contact your County Veterans Service Officer.


Midway Honors Scholars Program of East Tennessee State University

Are you an exceptional student who has already started your degree studies? Are you planning to transfer to ETSU after graduating from Mayland? Do you maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA? Then the Midway Honors Scholars Program might be the perfect fit for you! 

Explore the Midway Honors Scholars Program

Career Specific Scholarships

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Project Scholarships

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Early Care and Education Community Specialist Scholarship Program is designed to increase access to relevant early childhood and child development focused coursework by those individuals who are working on behalf of young children in the early care and education system.  For more information, visit  T.E.A.C.H. Access the application here.

Forgivable Education Loan for Service (FELS)

Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, FELS provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved health care or education program and who are committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina.  Visit the FELS page on for more information and to apply.

National Student Nurses' Association Scholarship

This scholarship is for nursing and pre-nursing students.  This scholarship is based on merit and financial need.  Visit the National Student Nurses' Association, Inc. Foundation for more information and to apply.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

This scholarship is for all students who are pursuing a career in the healthcare field.  For more information and to apply online, visit the Tylenol website.

Special Interest Scholarships

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship​

This scholarship is for students who have a commitment to community service in an underserved community, preferably related to reducing tobacco use among populations that are disproportionately targeted by the tobacco industry, or who lack the tools and resources to combat smoking in their communities.  Get details and apply at Legacy for Health.

RMHC/HACER National Scholarship for Hispanic Students

As part of Ronald McDonald House Charities, this scholarship is for U.S. residents who have at least one parent who is of Hispanic heritage.  Visit Ronald McDonald House Charities for more information or to apply.

RMHC/African-American Future Achievers Scholarship

As part of Ronald McDonald House Charities, this scholarship is for U.S. residents who have at least one parent who is of African-American or Black Caribbean heritage.  Visit Ronald McDonald House Charities for more information or to apply.

RMHC/Asia Scholarship

As part of Ronald McDonald House Charities, this scholarship is for U.S. residents who have at least one parent who is of Asian-Pacific heritage.  Visit Ronald McDonald House Charities for more information or to apply.

Himmel Scholarship

Through the Kiwanis International Foundation, the Harry S. Himmel Scholarhsip is available to members of Circle K International.  Interested Circle K members should visit the Kiwanis International Foundation to learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Scholarship Websites

The following websites offer many great scholarship opportunities.  Please consider using the following sites as you continue your search for college funding:

This page is updated regularly with the most current scholarship information. Please check this site again for additional scholarship opportunitie

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