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Set Up a Scholarship Fund for Metropolitan Community College

Endowed (Permanent) Scholarship Funds:

An endowment of $10,000 or more will produce income that will provide annual scholarships in perpetuity. Typically, no funds are awarded until the scholarship is fully endowed.

Determining Your Scholarship Criteria

As a donor, you can determine criteria upon which applicants will be evaluated. However, please note, if criteria are too narrow, fewer students will qualify. For ease in awarding your scholarship, you should consider using words such as "give first preference to" rather than terms like "must have."

Please complete the MCC Foundation Scholarship Criteria Form as follows:

Please indicate whether an annual scholarship or endowed scholarship is desired.

  1. Scholarship Name: The name that you as the donor choose for the scholarship.
  2. Campus: You can make your scholarship available to all of MCC or designate it to support students at a particular campus (MCC Blue River, MCC Longview, MCC Maple Woods, MCC Penn Valley or MCC Business & Technology).
  3. Award Amount: You can designate this as a dollar amount (i.e. $500) or state "as funds are available" to leave the amount open.
  4. Number of Scholarships: You can select a set number (i.e. two (2)) or state "as funds are available" which leaves the total number of scholarships awarded based upon the award funds available.
  5. Residency: You can decide whether to support scholars who live in-state, in-district or stipulate no residency requirement.
  6. Enrollment Status: You can award a scholarship to either full-time (12 credit hours) or part-time (6 credit hours) students or both.
  7. Financial Need: You can require applicants to demonstrate financial need (by requiring them to complete financial aid documents) or place no restrictions on financial need.
  8. Academic Performance: All MCC scholarships require students to have at least a 2.0 GPA to qualify. You can require a higher GPA.
  9. Other Criteria: For example, if you wish the applicant to have completed 12 hours in their area of study. (On most MCC Foundation scholarships, this area is left blank.)
  10. Area of Study: You can award students who are enrolled in a certain area of study, require intent to complete a certain degree (AA) or certificate or place no restrictions about area of study.
  11. Conditions for Renewal: You can require that a scholar retain a certain GPA or enroll in a certain number of credit hours in order to renew their scholarship each semester.
  12. Procedure: You can ask applicants for a minimum of one and a maximum of three recommendation letters, essays, interviews or, again, place no restrictions. However, requested recommendation letters, especially for non-traditional students who may have been out of school for a period of time or not connected to church or volunteering is a hurdle that may keep students from applying. The same sentiment for submitted essays, especially to students whose majors are more technical and scientific versus writing-oriented.

Here is a prototype of a typical MCC scholarship opportunity

"HELPMCCSTUDENT" Scholarship Example:

Campus:

College-wide

Award Amount:

In-district tuition, fees and books (As funds are available)

Number of Scholarships:

Two (2)

Residency:

In-district

Enrollment Status:

Full-time or part-time (minimum 6 hours)

Financial Need:

Must demonstrate financial need

Academic Performance:

2.5 GPA

Area of Study:

No restrictions

Conditions for Renewal:

Maintain 2.5 GPA

Procedure:

Varies.


How are Scholarships Awarded?

Campus Awards

  1. MCC Financial Aid offices on each campus distribute and accept scholarship applications from February 1 - April 1 each academic year.
  2. A financial aid staff member determines scholarship eligibility based on criteria set by the donor and forwards qualifying applications to the campus scholarship committee.
  3. The campus scholarship committee reviews all applications and makes the selection.
  4. The campus scholarship committee informs the MCC Foundation office of the awards.
  5. The MCC Foundation staff communicates with the campus Financial Aid and Business office to credit the scholarship to the student's account.

Donor Committees

  1. As with the campus awards, MCC Financial Aid offices on each campus distribute and accept scholarship applications from February 1 - April 1 each academic year.
  2. A financial aid staff member determines scholarship eligibility based on criteria set by the donor and forwards qualifying applications to the MCC Foundation office which then forwards qualifying applications to the donor.
  3. The donor committee selects the scholarship recipients. The donor submits the names, addresses, social security numbers and scholarship amounts to the MCC Foundation office.
  4. The MCC Foundation staff communicates with the campus Financial Aid and Business offices to credit the scholarship to the student's account.

Next Steps

  1. Determine the criteria for the scholarship and complete the MCC Foundation Scholarship Information form.
  2. Send the completed form via email by clicking on the Submit button at the bottom of the form or print and mail the completed form to the MCC Foundation, 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111.
  3. Checks or money orders can be made out to the MCC Foundation. In the memo line, note the name of the scholarship fund.

Questions?

Contact the MCC Foundation by calling (816) 604-1195 or email mcc.foundation@mcckc.edu.

Last Modified: 6/1/18