Scholarship Requirements

Many students receive scholarships at MCC totaling almost $500,000 each year which are provided through several sources. Applications for first-time freshman scholarships should be filed at the same time admission applications are filed. Sophomore students and transfer students may begin applying for scholarships after February 1. To receive priority consideration for scholarships, applications should reach the Scholarship Coordinator’s Office by April 1. Other applications are considered individually if funds are available.

To receive these scholarships you must enroll for the Fall semester following your high school graduation. Unless otherwise noted, awards are for four consecutive semesters. To meet scholarship renewal requirements a minimum of 15 hours must be maintained each semester. If you are enrolled in a vocational/technical program, the minimum requirement is 12 hours.

The following policies and regulations are used in administering the scholarships for Meridian Community College:

  • The admissions file must be complete before a student is considered eligible for scholarships. At a minimum, the student must have completed an admissions application. The MCC Scholarship Application will not be considered without the completion of the admissions application.
  • The applicant must meet the required criteria of each specific scholarship for which they are applying. For ACT-based scholarships, the ACT composite score on file at the application deadline date for the semester the student plans to enroll is the score that will be used.
  • All scholarship recipients must maintain at least 15 credit hours. Any recipient who falls below 15 credit hours will not be eligible for an academic scholarship in future semesters.
  • All scholarship recipients must maintain the grade point average as specified in their award letter. There is no probationary period.
  • Progress is checked each semester. If the required grade point average (GPA) or 15 hour course load is not maintained throughout the semester the student will have the scholarship removed from his or her account and will be responsible for paying any balances that are acquired.
  • Any scholarship recipient dismissed from school for disciplinary reasons forfeits his/her scholarship and is not eligible for another scholarship.
  • A scholarship recipient who fails to attend school in consecutive fall/spring semester forfeits his/her award.
  • Scholarships do not cover fees, such as registration, technology, safety and security, or summer school tuition and fees.
  • Any scholarship recipient who officially or unofficially withdraws forfeits his/her scholarship. The student will then be ineligible for a scholarship for the following semester of attendance.
  • Any scholarship recipient who withdraws from school is encouraged, but not required to pay back any of his/her scholarship. The student will not receive any refund of scholarship money.
  • Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of four semesters.
  • Any student in default on any type of financial aid is not eligible to receive any scholarship.

  • This scholarship is for Mississippi residents OUTSIDE of Lauderdale County.
  • Students must enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours at MCC the fall semester following their high school graduation. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)
  • Students must have earned at least a 25 on the ACT.
  • Students will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship for four semesters that they attend MCC.
  • Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours for each semester.
  • Priority deadline is June 1st.

  • This scholarship is for Mississippi residents OUTSIDE of Lauderdale County.
  • Students must enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours at MCC the fall semester following their high school graduation. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)
  • Students must have earned at least a 20-24 on the ACT.
  • Students will be awarded a half-tuition scholarship for four semesters that they attend MCC.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours for each semester.
  • Pays half-tuition.
  • Priority deadline is June 1st.

  • This scholarship is for books/educational needs.
  • First-time freshmen who are Mississippi residents OUTSIDE of Lauderdale County are eligible if they meet all MCC admissions requirements and score 25 or above on the ACT.
  • Students must enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours and maintain a 2.5 GPA to receive the scholarship for four consecutive semesters. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)
  • Applicants should apply for this scholarship as soon as they receive their ACT score since awards are made on a first-come basis.
  • Additional $300.00 with President’s Scholarship. Student should receive this award if they are receiving the President’s Scholarship.
  • No award will be made after the first day of class.

Additional policies for President’s and Dean’s Scholarships:

  • President’s and Dean’s scholarships are only awarded to first-time, MS resident, and enroll in at least 15 credit hours. To qualify, students must attend MCC the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation. Students who attend MCC during the summer following their high school graduation are eligible for a President’s or Dean’s scholarship in the fall. Students must apply before the first day of fall semester classes.
  • President’s and Dean’s scholarships are awarded on the basis of the date a completed file is received in the Financial Aid Office, not on the individual’s ACT score. A completed file for a President’s or Dean’s scholarship includes a scholarship application and a copy of the student’s high school transcript, including the ACT scores.
  • Scholarship awards cannot be raised after the first day of classes for the first semester of enrollment.
  • President’s and Dean’s scholarships are given for four semesters (excluding summers) provided the student maintains 15 credit hours and the required grade point average.

  • This scholarship is for Mississippi residents OUTSIDE of Lauderdale County.
  • Students must enroll in 15 credit hours the fall semester following high school graduation and remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)
  • Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The award is for $150/semester for 4 semesters and is stackable.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester.
  • This scholarship cannot be regained if lost.

  • Leadership in high school ($200/semester).
  • Available to ANY Mississippi resident including those receiving tuition guarantee.
  • 0 GPA
  • Enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)

  • This scholarship is for the STAR student from a high school in Mississippi.
  • Students must enroll the fall semester following high school graduation and maintain at least 15 credit hours each semester. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)
  • Students must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The award is for $300/semester for 4 semesters and is stackable.
  • Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA each semester.
  • The scholarship cannot be regained if lost.
  • Star students are determined by each high school as part of the Mississippi Economic Council’s recognition program.
  • This scholarship is typically awarded to the student who receives the highest ACT score out of his or her graduating class.

  • This scholarship is for the top GED graduate (highest composite GED test score earned) from each graduating class.
  • Students must be a Mississippi resident and must enroll in 15 credit hours for the fall or spring semester immediately following their GED graduation and remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)
  • This award is for half-tuition for 4 semesters.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester and is stackable.
  • The scholarship cannot be regained if lost.

  • Student must be a Mississippi resident and enrolled in less than 12 credit hours.
  • If student has prior course history, he/she must have at least a 2.0 MCC GPA. 
  • Student must apply for federal financial aid.
  • The award is for up to the cost of half-tuition for one semester and will be coordinated with other financial aid.
  • Student must maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester.
  • All awards are based on availability of funds and are made on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Student must reapply each semester for this scholarship.

  • Student must be a Mississippi resident and 23 years of age or older.
  • If student has prior course history, he/she must have a least a 2.0 MCC GPA.
  • Student must enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours and maintain 15 credit hours each semester. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)
  • Student must not have attended MCC within the past academic year.
  • Student must apply for federal and state financial aid.
  • This award is for up to the cost of full-tuition for one year and will be coordinated with all other financial aid.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester.
  • All awards are based on availability of funds and are made on a first come, first served basis.

 

  • Full tuition scholarship.
  • First-time freshmen who are residents of Mississippi are eligible if they meet all MCC admissions requirements and served as valedictorian of their graduating class.
  • Students must remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours and maintain a 2.5 GPA to receive the scholarship for four consecutive semesters. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)

  • One-half tuition scholarship.
  • First-time freshmen who are residents of Mississippi are eligible if they meet all MCC admissions requirements and served as salutatorian of their graduating class.
  • Students must remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours and maintain a 2.5 GPA to receive the scholarship for four consecutive semesters. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)

  • One-half tuition scholarship.
  • First-time freshmen who are residents of Mississippi are eligible if they meet all MCC admissions requirements and provide documentation verifying their Eagle Scout/Gold Award.
  • Lauderdale County graduates will receive this money in addition to their Tuition Guarantee funds.
  • Students must remain enrolled in a minimum of 15 credit hours and maintain a 2.0 GPA to receive the scholarship for four consecutive semesters. (Unless they are in a vocational program 12 credit hours)
  • Award will be made after the first day of class.

  • Be a dependent of Active Duty NAS personnel
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester
  • Present military ID to MCC Personnel for verification
  • Reapply each semester for this scholarship
    MCC will pay half the cost of tuition, up to $756.00 per semester, for students who meet the above criteria.  All awards are based on the availability of funds and are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

To be eligible to apply for these scholarships, a student must be currently enrolled and planning to attend MCC full time at the beginning of their 3rd semester (sophomore year). Nursing students who have completed at least one semester of their program are also eligible to apply. A complete list of available Foundation Scholarships can be found in the Course Catalog.