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McHenry County College Scholarships

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  • Presidential Talent Scholarship - open to high school students

    McHenry County College, along with the Friends of MCC Foundation, award the prestigious Presidential Talent Scholarship to qualified individuals based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and service.

    Recipients of the Presidential Talent Scholarship receive 60 (in-district) credit hours of tuition, fees, and books at MCC.

    Application Requirements:

    • Be an MCC in-district high school graduate from December 2020 - June 2021
    • Academically talented high school students with 3.6 cumulative GPA or 1300 composite SAT or 28 composite ACT.
    • Reside within the boundaries of MCC
    • Enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester (fall and spring)
    • Represent MCC at college functions
    • Two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher
    • A 300-500-word essay on a given topic. If you're applying for both Presidential Talent and Board of Trustees scholarships, you may use the same essay.

    Five Presidential Talent Scholarships are awarded annually.

  • Board of Trustees Scholarship - open to high school students

    The Board of Trustees Scholarship is awarded to qualified individuals based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.

    Recipients of the Board of Trustees Scholarship receive 60 (in-district) credit hours of tuition at MCC. Recipients must pay for their fees and books.

    Application Requirements:

    • Be an MCC in-district high school graduate from December 2020 - June 2021
    • Have earned a minimum of a 3.0 high school GPA confirmed on the high school transcript
    • Reside within the boundaries of MCC
    • Enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester (fall and spring)
    • Two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher
    • A 300-500-word essay on a given topic. If you're applying for both Presidential Talent and Board of Trustees scholarships, you may use the same essay.

    Three Board of Trustee Scholarships are awarded annually

  • Founding Faculty Scholarship - open to MCC and high school students

    Three scholarships worth 60 tuition credit hours each at MCC are awarded in recognition of retired faculty members David B. Hill, John D. Konitzer, and Erwin Cornelius.

    Recipients of the Founding Faculty Scholarship receive 60 (in-district) credit hours of tuition at MCC. Recipients must pay for their fees and books.

    Application Requirements:

    • Have a high school or MCC GPA of 2.5 or higher
    • Reside within the boundaries of MCC
    • Enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester (fall and spring) at MCC
    • Official high school or MCC transcript (whichever is being used for GPA purposes)
    • A 300-500 word essay on the following subject (use Times New Roman, 12 pt. font): An exceptional teacher you have had and how that individual has impacted your educational pursuits.

    Three Founding Faculty Scholarships are awarded annually. Students of all ages are welcome to apply.

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Scholarship Program

    Interested in a STEM career? You could qualify for a $10,000 scholarship at MCC! (up to $5,000/year, which is pretty much a full ride.) This is a needs-based scholarship open to all students. See information on the STEM scholarship program »

    Application Requirements:

    • Be a citizen or national of the United States, an alien admitted as refugees, or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence.
    • The scholarship is merit-based. You must submit your high school transcript and SAT or ACT score.
    • Demonstrate financial need. A statement of financial need may be submitted to supplement your FAFSA.
    • Be a full-time student at MCC. (12 credit hours per semester)
    • Reside within the boundaries of MCC
    • Enroll in special sections of MCC 101, English 151, and Philosophy 151; these are designated for MCC STEM Scholars.
    • Complete all required activities, including meeting with mentors and advisors, attending STEM-related events such as talks or field trips, and completing surveys for program assessment.
    • You must plan to declare a major in one of the following disciplines: automotive technology, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, engineering, engineering technology, horticulture, mathematics, mobile design and development, network security, physics, or robotics.
    • One letter of recommendation.
    • A 450-600 word essay describing your interest in STEM studies, your commitment to achieving a degree in this area, your plans for continuing your education after MCC, and your long-term professional goals.
    • The scholarships are made possible by grant award #1742147 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Applications are due Thursday, April 1, 2021.

The generosity of our donors allows MCC to provide numerous other scholarships to students who exhibit academic, merit, financial need, strong leadership and service to their communities. See Friends of MCC scholarship details » for other scholarship opportunities.