2019-20 ASAP Scholarship

MCC is pleased to be able to offer the ASAP Scholarship again for the 2019-20 year. This Academic Success and Professional Development (ASAP) program, with a focus on (but not limited to) Motivated Engineering Transfer Students (METS), is made possible by a grant through Arizona State University (ASU) and is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The scholarship provides recipients with awards of up to $3000 per year ($1500 per semester, excluding summer) to help pay for tuition and fees at MCC. Students may receive a maximum total of $4500 during their time at MCC.


Eligibility for new Awards and Renewals

  • Meet all general scholarship requirements as defined by MCC
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office
  • Declared in one of the following academic programs:
    • AS Computer Science
    • AS Engineering
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 12 financial aid eligible credits per semester
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA at MCC
    • Students applying during their first semester must achieve a 3.0 minimum GPA to receive the scholarship for the following semester.
  • Submit the ASAP Scholarship application by the stated deadline – students must reapply each term
  • Complete and submit the ASAP Assignments (recipients only)

Fall 2019-20 Applications

Spring 2019-20 Applications

Due April 8

Due November 22

• ASAP Scholarship Application

• Most up-to-date version of your Interest paper – see below for details

• 2019-20 FAFSA – electronically submitted to the Financial Aid Office

• ASAP Scholarship Application

• Most up-to-date version of your Interest paper – see below for details

• 2019-20 FAFSA – electronically submitted to the Financial Aid Office


Interest Paper

The Interest Paper will help you take control of your career. It provides the opportunity for you to examine your interests and career goals. This document will be a guide to help you plan and achieve your career goals. It is updated each term and will reflect changes to your interests and goals. This paper will become part of your application for transfer scholarships at ASU when you have completed your program at MCC.

Your Interest Paper will have five parts:

  1. Introduction describing the problems you are interested in solving, types of Engineering or Computer Science pathways, and your desired career
  2. Descriptions of the employers that interest you – why do you like these companies (stable, quality products, innovative projects, location, salary, etc.)?
  3. Description of your preparation to solve the problems or work in the fields you have identified – what coursework have you taken? What personal experiences may help you? Include experience working in garages, team leadership, project experiences, community service, computer skills, and work experience.
  4. Signed Letter of recommendation – the letter must be on letterhead and should come from someone familiar with your qualifications, i.e. a teacher, counselor, employer, or someone else outside of your family. The letter must include the recommender’s contact information.
  5. List of sources for the information you provided in earlier sections of the paper (i.e. magazine, journal, newspaper, URLs, interviews, etc.)

Sections 1 – 3 should be at least three pages, double-spaced. Sections 4 and 5 are in addition to the three pages.


Recipient Selection and Responsibilities

The ASAP Scholarship Committee will review all complete applications received by the deadline. The Committee consists of the Principal Investigator (grant administrator), the Director of Financial Aid, and two members of their choosing. Applicants are scored based on their GPA, financial need, and their Interest Paper.

Notifications of fall awards will be sent the week of April 30th. Notifications of Spring Awards will be sent by December 12th.

All recipients will be required to attend one MCC sponsored trip to ASU to learn about transfer opportunities. It is strongly recommended that applicants participate in this trip when they apply as a first-time applicant.

MCC is required to report post-graduation educational and employment pursuits of recipients. Scholarship recipients will be contacted by the grant administrator to collect this information and are required to maintain updated contact information with MCC.  


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* Funding for the ASAP-METS Scholarship is limited. Receipt of an ASAP-METS Scholarship does not guarantee acceptance to ASU Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, but could lead to receiving additional transfer scholarships at ASU. Demographic information of recipients will be reported to ASU as per ASF-DUE grant stipulations.

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