The Office of Financial Aid at MCC recognizes that students often have expenses that are not met by their grants and scholarships offered through us. To help you obtain additional funding, we encourage you to seek out and apply for outside scholarships. Winning outside scholarships can reduce or eliminate your need to borrow through educational loan programs, greatly reducing the burden of repayment later.
Outside scholarships are sources of funding that are not provided through MCC, or the MCC Foundation. These funds may come from local or national businesses, the State of Arizona, fraternal or religious organizations, a professional organization, or any other party outside of MCC and the Department of Education.
To help you in your search, we’ve provided a number of resources below. There are search engines for you to complete your own easy search, and highlighted scholarship opportunities that we’ve found. You can find scholarship opportunities for your major, ethnicity, academic profile, interests, and other qualities. Each scholarship will have its own application process, qualifications, and deadlines.
Please know that inclusion on this page does not constitute MCC’s endorsement or recommendation of any particular organization, individual, point of view, products or services provided by an organization.
Several popular national databases are listed below to help you conduct your own scholarship search. It’s easy to search these databases and find scholarships that may be right for you!
- Fast Web
- College Board- Big Future
- Health Resources and Service Administration
- Pathways to Science
- Career One Stop
- Open Education Database
- Hispanic Student Scholarships
Highlighted Scholarship Opportunities
In this section, we highlight a number of scholarship opportunities that we’ve found for you. Scholarship opportunities are organized by various qualities with which you may identify. Check back often, as information here changes when new opportunities are found and deadlines pass.
Local Scholarship Opportunities
- Women Making History
- Colorado River Women’s Council
- Dorothy De Lorenzo Scholarship Fund
- Women’s Network Exchange of Arizona Deadline April 30, 2022
Students who were in Foster Care
BIPOC Students (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
- Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- American Indian College Fund
- UNCF – African American
- Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
- Korean American Scholarship Foundation
- American Dream Scholarship
- Elevate Black Entrepreneurs Scholarship
- The Agnes Jones Scholarship
- The 100 Black Men Scholarship
- Best Colleges Scholarships for Black and African American Students
- Study.com Scholarship for Latin American Students Deadline: May 1, 2022
High School Seniors/Undergraduates
- Live Mas Scholarship
- Bellesoma Method Scholarship
- Nationwide Debt Direct Scholarship
- Rusty Tweed Drug Free Scholarship
- Associates Home Loan Scholarship
- OppU Achievers Scholarship
- Helios Adelante Scholarship
- Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest Deadline: March 31 annually
- Future Leaders Scholarship Deadline: May 1, 2022
- Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants
- Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
- ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH) Scholarships
- Advancing Men in Nursing
- Radiologic Technology Student Scholarship
- Accounting Students
- Scholarship for Accounting Students Deadline: May 31 annually
- FNSNA Scholarship for Nurses
- The Foundation of the National Student Nurses Associations
- Scholarship for Engineering Students Deadline: April 30 annually
- Phil Rosenberg Memorial Scholarship for Business students Deadline: May 1 annually
- General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
- Pat Tillman Foundation
- The H&P Veterans Helping Veterans Scholarship
- VFW Auxiliary
Scholarships for Women
- Walmart Foundation – Walmart Associates and their Dependents
- Bellesoma Method Scholarship
- ResumeCompass Deadline: August 1st annually
- Earn to Learn Scholarship
- Arizona Community Foundation
- FindKeep.Love Scholarship Sweepstakes
- Slain Officer Scholarship– Application
- The Responsify Empowering Other Scholarship Deadline: October 5th annually
- Aging Matters Scholarship Deadline: May 15th 2022
- Aging Matters Scholarship Deadline: May 15, 2022
- Equipment Leases Scholarship Deadline: February 15th and September 15th annually
- Arizona Community Foundation
- Mohave Electric Cooperative Deadline: April 30, 2022
- The Law Office of Nancy L. Cavey Scholarship Deadline: August 1, 2022
- Study.com Scholarship for Children of First Responders Deadline: May 1 annually
- Community College Student Study.com Scholarship Deadline: May 1 annually
- LGBTQ Student Scholarship from Study.com Deadline: May 1 annually
- Adrian Altshuler’s Annual Just Need a Chance Educational Scholarship Deadline June 1, 2022
Scholarship Scams – What to look out for
Every year, thousands of Americans are defrauded by scholarship scams. Scam operations often look just like a legitimate organization and may even use official-sounding names.
The Office of Financial Aid has developed a list of what to look out for when you’re searching for scholarships. We’ve also already vetted the scholarships and databases we post to our website to make sure that they don’t appear to be scams.
When evaluating whether a scholarship offer is a scam, look for the following signs:
- Application Fees – If there’s a price to apply for the scholarship, don’t do it. No matter how small the fee.
- Guaranteed Winnings – No legitimate organization would make this promise. If the organization promises guaranteed winning of an award, don’t apply.
- Everybody is Eligible – Every organization offering funds has an ideal candidate in mind. Some scholarship qualifications are broader than others, but there are qualifications you’ll have to meet to be considered.
- The Unclaimed Aid Myth – While it is true that there are millions of dollars in scholarship funds, it doesn’t go unclaimed. Yes, you need to apply to be considered, but you also need to meet the qualifications of the organization for the award.
- Unusual Requests for Personal Information – Yes, there is information about yourself, your school, your financial aid application, that you may need to provide. However, you should never need to provide a cancelled check, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, or your social security number.
- Spelling and Grammar Errors – The websites of legitimate organizations will be free of spelling and grammatical errors. Their websites will look professional overall.
You can find additional information about how to spot scholarship scams at the FinAid website.