Paying for College

Scholarships

A scholarship is money for your education that is awarded by a nonprofit foundation, government agency or employer, often in support of the organization’s mission and goals.

Direct a scholarship donor to send the payment or notification of the award to Business Services by the tuition due date.

MCTC students have been awarded scholarships based on their academic achievement, career goals, employment and financial need. Here are some of the scholarships they have won and how to apply:

The Abbot Downing Scholarship was created in 2013 to assist students currently attending Minneapolis Community & Technical College or St. Paul College who plan to continue their education as business majors at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN. The scholarship is an annual award toward full-time study in business at Metropolitan State University and is renewable for a second year.

Learn more about the Abbot Downing Scholarship and application process.

This grant helps Minnesota adults go back to school by paying for one liberal-arts course and the related books. An Alliss grant is not based on family income and is available to all new community college students who qualify. You cannot be receiving a federal Pell grant, and the course cannot be developmental or part of a technical program. You pay any course fees. More information about the Aliss Grant can be found here.

What do I need to do?
Submit the application to Business Services before the Last Date to Add/Drop Full Term Courses.

The MCTC Foundation awards numerous scholarships each year to students in need as well as to students with high academic potential. Last year, the MCTC Foundation awarded over $450,000 in scholarships to low-income, high-achieving students. Applications are accepted twice a year. Complete scholarship application packets are due on or before May 23 by 3 p.m. for consideration. Please contact the MCTC Foundation at 612-659-6313 with MCTC Foundation Scholarship questions.

The MCTC Foundation is offering three scholarships in the amount of $3,000 each for the summer 2014 Race in America program. Recipients are responsible for the remaining $200. Applicants should demonstrate leadership ability and potential, an interest in the Civil Rights movement and current social justice struggles, commitment to advancing intercultural understanding on campus and beyond, an ability to connect one’s participation in the course to future goals, a high potential for success in the course and financial need.

2014 Race in America Scholarship Application
(Please note, the scholarship materials are due February 14)

Students may also apply for scholarships for this program from HECUA. HECUA awards scholarships in the amount of $333.33 to students participating in its summer programs. Information about applying for a HECUA scholarship can be found here.

The NSF S-STEM grant awards scholarships each Fall and Spring semester to students in need as well as to students with high academic potential. Applications are accepted twice a year. The application deadline for Fall 2014 is May 9.

Please contact the directors of program, Dr. Renu Kumar, 612-659- 6047, Renu.Kumar@minneapolis.edu or Maire Sustacek, 612-659-6493, Maire.Sustacek@minneapolis.edu for any questions related to the scholarship.

If you have physical, learning or emotional disabilities, the Vocational Rehabilitation Program may help with tuition, books, supplies and sometimes room and board.

What do I need to do?
Contact the Minnesota Workforce Center in your area. Students with visual impairments, contact State Services for the Blind.

Many Twin Cities companies, from small to large, reimburse their employees for educational costs. Is yours one of them? Each employer administers its program and sets the rules and procedures. Many employers require students to pay for their college costs up front, and then apply for reimbursement after completing the courses. Please note that you need to meet the usual tuition payment deadline.

What do I need to do?
Contact your supervisor or the human resources department of your employer.

If you are graduating from a Minneapolis or St. Paul public, alternative, or participating charter high school or from Brooklyn Center, Columbia Heights, Henry Sibley Senior High, North Senior High (North St. Paul), Richfield, Robbinsdale Cooper, Roseville Area Senior High, Simley Senior High, South St. Paul Senior High, Tartan Senior High or Woodbury Senior High you may qualify for the Power of YOU program which covers the cost of tuition and fees for two years or up to 72 credits at Minneapolis Community and Technical College or Saint Paul College.

Many scholarships are also awarded by local businesses, service organizations and individuals to students who are graduating from high school.

What do I need to do?
Talk with your guidance counselor about scholarships in your community. Your high school is the best source of information about local opportunities and may even coordinate the applications.

Minnesota Indian Scholarships are awarded to Minnesota tribal members who are residents of the state and have financial need.

Tribal Indian Scholarships provide supplemental scholarships to recognized members of tribes in the United States.

What do I need to do?
Contact the American Indian Success Program.

Don’t stop there – keep looking!

Thousands of scholarships are awarded in the United States each year for a wide range of reasons. The secret of winning scholarships is often a connection between you and the reasons the organization is funding the scholarship. Search online for the scholarships at fastweb.com or finaid.org.