COVID-19 Emergency Grant
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law on March 27 provides funding to higher education institutions to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. Merced College received approximately $6,536,491, of which 50% is direct aid to support our currently enrolled students. The Federal Funding is being allocated to our students to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare).
For more information, see the CARES Act Reporting page.
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.
Merced College Foundation Scholarships
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). When you submit 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
NOTE: The 2020-2021 Scholarship Application deadline was April 30, 2020. If you applied, thank you. Check your student email for award information.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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:
- Scholarship List (pdf)