Scholarships are sources of free money and
usually not based on financial need. Instead, they may recognize your
grades or test scores, athletic ability, major, special talents, or
community service. Check out the Internet, the library and career
centers for information on scholarships. Merced College students can use
the computers in the Career/Transfer Center and this scholarship search
The Merced College Foundation Scholarships are
offered once a year. The application period is March 1st to March 31st
(or the last school day in March). You can pick up your scholarship
booklet and application form in the Financial Aid Office. When you
return your application, you must attach an autobiographical statement
including your educational goals and career aspirations. Tips on writing
this statement are included in the booklet. An awards ceremony is held
in May. For the last couple of years we have been able to award more
than $100,000 to our students.
If you have received a scholarship, you need to see
the Scholarship Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office. Outside
scholarships include Bloss and Golden State Scholar Share Trust.
We suggest you do not pay a scholarship search firm
to look for scholarships. First of all, you can do the research and save
money. Below we list a few web sites where you can begin your search.
Secondly, do not fall for claims you are “guaranteed” a scholarship. If
you do receive a list of possible scholarship opportunities, you still
have to apply and compete for the money. And, third, never give your
credit card information to hold a scholarship.
Check out the following scholarship directories:
The link below is a list of outside scholarships open
to students regardless of immigration status. You should contact each
scholarship provider for current information: