Tips for a Successful Scholarship Application

  • You only have to apply once at www.mchenry.edu/scholarships—the application will auto match you to all scholarships for which you’re qualified.
  • Answer all of the questions.
  • After you’ve answered all of the questions, go back and make sure you didn’t miss any—trust us, it happens!
  • Put some thought into your essay—you want to stand out from the crowd! Scholarship reviewers will be expecting college-level work.
  • Ask someone to proofread your essay for spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. A poorly written essay reduces your chance to win a scholarship.
  • Ask an instructor to review your essay and/or application or stop by the Sage Learning Center for help—you don’t need an appointment, and it's free.
  • Make sure to provide the names and emails for the requested letters of recommendation.  Use an employer, a teacher or a coach who knows you and will be proud to write a letter on your behalf.
  • If you're interested in an athletic award, use our athletics form to submit your information to coaches. Coaches may offer tuition-only athletic awards based upon talent and program needs.
  • See the financial aid pages for other scholarship opportunities and scholarship search resources »

Please remember...

  • Some scholarships will require additional information and/or an additional essay.
  • Scholarships do not apply to summer semesters!
  • Scholarship amounts will vary by semester.
  • Students do not receive funds directly; all funds awarded go directly to the Bursar’s office and are applied to the student’s account.
  • Only high school seniors and first semester MCC students can submit their high school GPA where applicable.
    • Returning MCC students must submit their cumulative MCC GPA.
    • Transfer students must submit their college transcripts.
  • MCC reserves the right to revoke/remove scholarship postings.

For more information, please call (815) 455-8721 or visit the Friends of MCC Foundation in A209.


Hear from Scholarship Recipients

Kate Jane Marie Birr

Kate Jane Marie Birr

Kate Jane Marie Birr of Cary is completing her AAS degree in Baking and Pastry Management and plans to transfer to a four-year university in either Rhode Island or in New York to pursue pastry arts and eventually teach foods classes. She earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, and her capstone project was organization of the Prairie Ridge High School Band music library. She also has been an active volunteer at her church and with community organizations.
Amber Anne Steiger

Amber Anne Steiger

Amber Anne Steiger of Woodstock has maintained a 4.0 grade point average every semester at MCC since Fall 2015 and plans to graduate in Spring 2018 with her associate’s degree. She will then transfer to a four-year university to major in English. She decided to pursue a career as an English professor after taking composition and Women’s Literature classes from highly supportive instructors at MCC. She has provided outstanding service to the Student Peace Action Network at MCC and volunteered for several events, including Take Back the Night and the Letters to Santa Campaign. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Julia Marie Janeczko

Julia Marie Janeczko

Julia Marie Janeczko of Crystal Lake loves working with children and is a swim coach and instructor. Her career aspiration is to become a pediatrician. She plans to complete her associate’s degree at MCC, then transfer to the University of Texas at Austin to pursue pre-med/biological sciences. She hopes to finish her education with a Doctor of Medicine degree at Dell Medical School of Utah. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She also is the daughter of 2015 Education to Empowerment recipient, Lorrie Janeczko.
Sidney Lynn Connor

Sidney Lynn Connor

Sidney Lynn Connor of McHenry took an Intro to Psychology class during her first semester at MCC and learned about functional neurology, which she decided to pursue as a career. After completing her associate’s degree at MCC, she will transfer to a four-year university to study exercise science. She plans to continue her education to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic with a certification in functional neurology.
Madeline H. Padjen

Madeline H. Padjen

Madeline H. Padjen of Crystal Lake is pursuing an associate’s degree and will transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She plans to become a pediatric oncology nurse “to make a difference.” She was on the President’s Honor list at MCC in both Fall 2015 and Fall 2016, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at MCC.
Molly Grace Schwieger

Molly Grace Schwieger

Molly Grace Schwieger of Wonder Lake plans to graduate from MCC in Spring 2018. She wants to major in psychology and hopes to become a counselor to help people, especially children. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Psi Beta honor societies.