MCC may offer a scholarship just for you

If you’ll be a student at Metropolitan Community College next year (2017-18), now is the time to start researching scholarship opportunities.

Did you know that some scholarships are designed just for students at certain MCC campuses? It’s true. Here are some examples:

MCC-Blue River: The Jeremiah Dawson Nail Memorial Scholarship, which covers in-district tuition and fees, is open to students in the performing arts. When it came to theater, Nail could do everything, from designing sets to acting to directing. Nail, who graduated from Blue River in 2003, died in 2004 at age 22 following an auto accident.

MCC-Business & Technology: The Richardson Educational Opportunities Trust Scholarship seeks to help students earning a certificate, not a degree. First preference is given to applicants with GEDs. It covers tuition, fees, books and equipment.

MCC-Longview: The Melvin A. Aytes Scholarship is for students enrolled in a political science class who plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in that field. Aytes was a former Longview political science instructor who went on to become MCC’s governmental relations director from 1995 to 2002.

MCC-Maple Woods: The Jeanne Marie Neeland Fund Scholarship is open to students who intend to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or physics. It covers tuition, fees and books. John and Anna Neeland, both of whom died in 2012, bequeathed a contribution worth more than $1.5 million. Mr. Neeland was a Maple Woods alumnus, part-time faculty member and campus volunteer.  The Neelands created this science scholarship in memory of their only child, Jeanne Marie, who died at the age of 6.

MCC-Penn Valley: The Arthur Kraft Memorial Scholarship for the Visual Arts is open to students studying visual arts, including sculpture. Its value is up to $500. Kraft was an expressionist painter, sculptor and muralist whose first one-man show was at a gallery in Paris. Kansas Citians know him best for his “Court of the Penguins” bronze sculptures at 525 Nichols Road on the Country Club Plaza.

Other MCC scholarships have criteria that go beyond a campus location. For instance, the Lo and Maxine Dysart Scholarship, valued at $1,000, is available only to incoming MCC students who graduate from J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City, Kan.

And the Dr. T.H. Sicking Journalism Scholarship is a different beast because its $1,000 award goes not to MCC but to a four-year school. Applicants must be MCC-Penn Valley students who plan to transfer to another school to study journalism. The scholarship money is applied to the student’s account at the four-year school.

To learn more about MCC scholarships, check out the Scholarship Search tool here. Click here to see a list of all MCC scholarships. Apply now for Spring 2017 scholarship opportunities and stay tuned — the 2017-18 scholarship application will be open soon.


When you look at grants and scholarships combined, MCC students received about $27 million in financial assistance in 2015-16.

MCC as an institution, along with the MCC Foundation, awarded about $1.8 million in scholarships to 1,619 students last school year.

Typically, applications received on or before April 1 get priority consideration for MCC scholarships for the following school year.