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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships and grants are available from various public and private foundations, organizations, businesses, etc. MCC encourages students to explore other financial-aid opportunities in addition to federal and state awards and grants.

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MCC has a limited number of institutional scholarships which are generally awarded to students with exceptional academic averages. In selecting recipients, the MCC Financial Aid Director reviews all applications and presents award candidates to the MCC Financial Aid Committee based on the student's academic record, financial need, and other requirements as described for the individual scholarships. The MCC Financial Aid Committee and/or appointed Scholarship Committee makes the final decision on scholarship awards. Contact the MCC Financial Aid Office for more information.

Types of Assistance

Financial aid is awarded in the form of grants, scholarships, and part-time employment (also called "work-study"). Grants and scholarships are gifts that do not have to be repaid, whereas work-study is money that a student earns by working part-time for the College or a governmental and/or a nonprofit agency. Financial-aid awards are mailed to your address on record in the MCC Registrar's Office. It is your responsibility to keep your information current.

Grants

The following grants may be available to you, if eligible:

  • The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for North Carolina high school graduates who will attend one of our state’s "Great 58" community colleges. High school graduates may be eligible to receive this grant – not a loan – to cover tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit. Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per academic year, for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. Go to the CFNC Longleaf to get started!
  • Martin Community College is expanding the Longleaf Commitment Grant! The MCC Commitment Scholarship is a "last-dollar" tuition and fees grant. All Martin County and Bertie County residents or graduates of a Martin County School, Bertie County School, or area homeschool who graduated in the years 19-20, 20-21, or 21-22, are eligible to apply. You must be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes. Remember to complete the MCC Scholarship Application. For more information, read our Career in a Year and MCC Commitment FAQs.
  • Education Lottery Grant: The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (ELS) was available for the 2007-2008 academic year and was created by the 2005 General Assembly to provide financial assistance to needy North Carolina resident students attending eligible colleges and universities located within the state of North Carolina. Student must complete the FAFSA, be a North Carolina resident, enroll for at least six credit hours per semester in a curriculum program, and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress. The value per grant will vary according to information that is generated from the FAFSA. Grants will range from $100 to $2,300 for the year.
  • Federal Pell Grant: The Federal Pell Grant program is designed to be the foundation of a financial-aid package. The U.S. Department of Education calculates the expected family contribution for each student using a standard formula. The College uses the student's expected family contribution and his or her cost of attendance to make an annual award. All students are encouraged to apply for a Federal Pell Grant each year that they will be enrolled in college.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant: The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federally funded program that provides grants for students of exceptional financial need with priority given to Pell Grant recipients. A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant does not have to be paid back.
  • North Carolina Community College Grant: The North Carolina Community College Grant is a state, grant program that is available to the neediest students whose (a) Federal Pell Grants are less than the "required educational expenses" and (b) estimated income tax liability (according to federal guidelines) is too low for the family to be eligible for the Federal Tax Credit. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for this grant.
  • Career in a Year: Martin Community College’s Career in a Year program trains students for in-demand careers in 1 year! This is a "last-dollar" tuition and fees grant program. Students must enroll in an eligible program. All North Carolina residents who pay in-state tuition are eligible to apply for a CIY Scholarship. Remember to complete the MCC Scholarship Application. For more information, read our Career in a Year and MCC Commitment FAQs and Career-in-a-Year Eligible Program List.

Foundation Scholarships

    MARTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC. 2022-2023 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

    Service Area High School Scholarships: Each of the high schools in the MCC service area will be provided with $500.00 scholarship(s) for students to attend MCC during the next Academic Year. Upon satisfactory academic progress, these students will receive $500.00 scholarships for the following academic year. The scholarships are awarded as follows: 1st year award is $250.00 for the fall semester and $250.00 for the spring semester. 2nd year award is $250.00 for the fall semester and $250.00 for the spring semester. The high school guidance officers will select the recipients through a competitive process at each school. Service area scholarships are only valid for the two years immediately following high school graduation.

    Curriculum and Continuing-Education Scholarships

    Automotive Systems Technology Scholarship: For a second-year AST student. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    Milton Phelps Bennett Scholarship: For a Martin County resident enrolled in a Career and Technical Education program. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    Clarence Biggs Continuing Education Scholarship: A needs-based amount for an adult student in a personal interest course. Awarded as a one-time sponsorship.

    Equine Scholarship: For a second-year Equine student. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    GED Free Class Certificate Scholarship: Provides up to three MCC credit hours (including fees) at no-charge for each GED graduate.

    E.M. Hunt Scholarship: A needs-based amount for students enrolled in a curriculum program equally over fall and spring.

    HVAC Scholarship: For a second year HVAC student. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    Kitty and David Moore Scholarship: For a student classified as a single parent. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    MCC High School Equivalency Scholarship: This merit-based scholarship is designated for students who completes the MCC GED program and enroll in a Curriculum program or Continuing Education program with 96-hours or more leading to an industry recognized credentials in the upcoming academic year.

    Coy Lavonia Bland Sr. Memorial Scholarship: This needs-based scholarship is designated for residents of Martin County enrolled in a curriculum program. Preference is given to MCC GED graduates and first-generation college students. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    A.B. Ayers Scholarship: For a student who earned a GED from MCC and is enrolled in a Career and Technical Education program. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    Barnhill Scholarship: For a full-time student from Martin County and has completed at least 12 credit hours in their program. Awarded as actual cost for the fall and spring semester.

    Jerry Bembridge Scholarship: For a student from the service area enrolled in the PTA program or the Nursing Assistant program. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    John and Cindy Davis Scholarship to honor Dr. Kenneth Boham: For a student from Bertie County and is enrolled in CTE or CE credential seeking program.

    Vickie Rogers Scholarship: For a first-year Equine student. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    Epps Scholarship: A needs-based amount for tuition, books, and fees for any full-time student.

    Elijah T. Freeman IT Scholarship: For a student from Martin County enrolled in the IT program. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    Elton Hardy Scholarship: For a student enrolled in a business-related program. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    Newell Scholarship: For students who graduated from a Martin County high school and is enrolled in a two-year program. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

    Piephoff Scholarship: For a student from Martin County. Award is split between fall semester and spring semester.

External Scholarships

Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarship