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.

Coins for College Scholarship

Deadline:  May 29, 2015

This scholarship was started by the Foundation of Mayland Community College for the purpose of increasing student scholarship opportunities at Mayland.  The scholarship is funded primarily through student donations from various fundraising events such as a college coin drive, various SGA events, and activity booths at Fall and Spring Fling.  The 15-16 Coins for College Scholarship will be a $400 award which will be divided between Fall and Spring Semester. 

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Must be attending a minimum of six (6) credit hours
  • Must be seeking to complete a two-year degree or diploma program
  • Must be enrolled in field of study or transfer program (not doing pre-major work)
  • Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA

Applications are located in the Financial Aid Department in Gwaltney Hall or can be printed here.  Applications must be submitted by the deadline date along with a current transcript.

Intelligent Choice Scholarship

The Intelligent Choice Scholarship is awarded to one student per year from each of the three high schools in Mayland's service area - Mitchell High School, Avery High School, and Mountain Heritage High School.  The scholarship is awarded to a student attending Mayland who has graduated in the top ten percent of his/her class.  There is no application process; the Mayland Community College Foundation works with each school to identify those students who meet the criteria and students are notified by mail of their selection.  The Intelligent Choice Scholarship is a one time $1,000 scholarship which is awarded in recognition of the recipients' outstanding academic achievements, and because, in choosing Mayland Community College, they have made the "intelligent choice."


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Community Scholarship Opportunities

Current Community Scholarship Opportunities:

SUMMER Golden LEAF Scholarship - Deadline:  June 15, 2015
NC SECU "People Helping People" Scholarship - Deadline:  June 18, 2015

SUMMER Golden LEAF Scholarship

Deadline:  June 15, 2015

The Golden LEAF Scholarship for community colleges is funded through a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation and is designed for students who live in economically distressed areas and in areas affected by the decline of the tobacco industry.

To be eligible, a community college student must:
  • Be a permanent resident of a county designated as an economically distressed county or highly tobacco-dependent county (includes Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, and Yancey)
  • Show financial need based on the FAFSA (degree seeking students)
  • Show financial need based on current Federal tax information (continuing education students)
  • Show academic potential

Applications are available in the Financial Aid Department located on the first floor of Gwaltney Hall or can be printed here.  Please submit applications to Martha Huskins in Room 146 of Gwaltney Hall by the deadline date posted above.​

NC SECU "People Helping People" Scholarship

Deadline:  June 18, 2015

The State Employee's Credit Union (SECU) Foundation established this two-year scholarship program to assist North Carolina Community College System students in achieving academic success.  The members of the SECU take an active role in assisting organizations and communities across North Carolina and truly believe in "People Helping People!"

This scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship - $1,250 per semester for four consecutive Fall/Spring semesters.  Each North Carolina Community College will receive two scholarships every year.

Qualified candidates must:

    • Be enrolled fulltime each semester in an associate degree, diploma or certificate program.
      • Be a U.S. citizen and resident of North Carolina - eligible for in-state tuition.
        • Best exemplify the membership philosophy of the Credit Union - "People Helping People" - and have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement.

          • Demonstrate financial need.

          • Demonstrate ongoing scholastic achievement by having and maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher.

          • Use the scholarship to pay tuition, books, fees, course supplies, and transportation.

          • Continue at Mayland for the duration of the scholarship (four consecutive Fall/Spring semesters) or until completion of diploma or certificate program.  Scholarships are not transferable to another student or to another school.

          • Not be a Director, employee, or family member of an employee of the State Employee's Credit Union or SECU Foundation.

          Applications are available here or in the Financial Aid Department located on the main floor of Gwaltney Hall.  Please submit application and all required documentation to Martha Huskins in Room 146 of Gwaltney Hall by 5:00pm on the deadline date.

          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.

          Nordson BUILDS Scholarship Program​

          This scholarship is open to students pursuing a major in manufacturing, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), or business disciplines.  Students must demonstrate how their area of study prepares them for a career in manufacturing.  For more information and to apply, visit the Nordson 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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