About Scholarships

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 is free.

Merced College Foundation Scholarships

Foundation LogoThe 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.

For more information:  Merced College Foundation

What if I Receive a Scholarship?

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.

See also:  Scholarship Disbursement information.

Helpful Tips

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.

Scholarship Resources

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: