Apply for scholarships
Montco awards over 500 scholarships a year to our students. In addition to College scholarships, there are numerous external scholarships available for you to explore.
The good news is that most of our scholarships do not require you to apply to be considered—as long as you have filed your FAFSA. However, we highly recommend that you fill out our optional application, which puts you in the running to be considered for additional scholarship opportunities that may take into account your or a family member's employer, for example.
All scholarship communications will be sent to your College email address. Be sure to check your email so you do not miss any important information.
Explore our scholarship opportunities
Our alumni, community members, and corporate donors have committed to your success through their generous donations. Foundation Scholarships are awarded through the Office of Financial Aid in accordance with the criteria specified by our donors.
Any degree-seeking Montco student registered for at least 6 credits for the upcoming fall semester.
To be considered
- File the FAFSA, preferably by May 1 for priority consideration. When doing so, indicate Montco's school code 004452.
You may file the FAFSA at any time; however, we strongly encourage you to file prior to May 1 for the upcoming award year, as that is the deadline for most PA State Grant applicants. Keep in mind that there are other opportunities to be awarded a Foundation Scholarship throughout the academic year, if funds are available.
- Fill out the optional application, which puts you in the running to be considered for all Foundation Scholarship opportunities.
Montgomery County Scholarship
Montgomery County generously allots funds via the Montgomery County Scholarship for Montgomery County residents attending Montco.
Degree-seeking students who:
- Are registered for at least 6 credits for the upcoming fall semester.
- Demonstrate financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA and as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
- Are in good academic standing.
Steps to be considered
- File the FAFSA preferably by May 1 for priority consideration. When doing so indicate MCCC’s school code 004452.
You may file the FAFSA at any time; however, we strongly encourage you to file prior to May 1 for the upcoming award year as that is the deadline for most PA State Grant applicants. Keep in mind that there are other opportunities to be awarded a scholarship throughout the academic year.
Honors Program Scholarships
Each year, Honors Program Scholarships are awarded to 25 students who commit to completing the Honors Programs and their degrees at the MCCC. Awards are based on merit and unmet need. Scholarships will meet 100% of unmet need up to the cost of full tuition. Students whose financial aid determinations show no unmet need are eligible to compete for completion-based merit scholarships that are renewable each semester, provided the student meets all program requirements.
Montco students participating in the Honors Program who are:
- Pursuing their first post-secondary degree.
- Enrolled for 14 or more credits per semester.
- A resident of Montgomery County, PA.
- Have unmet need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid.
Pottstown Rotary Community Endowment Fund Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a student of the Montgomery County Community College selected from among those applicants who meet the criteria.
Who is eligible?
MCCC students who:
- Are enrolled full time
- Reside in one of the following municipalities:
- Pottstown Borough
- West Pottsgrove
- Upper Pottsgrove
- Lower Pottsgrove
- North Coventry
- South Coventry
- East Coventry
- Douglass Township (Berks)
- Amity Township
- Are citizens of the United States or a lawful permanent resident
- Have not been convicted of a felony
- Have performed community service in a program sponsored by a community, school or service organization
- Have demonstrated financial need
- Have the endorsement of the Pottstown Rotary Club
Applications are accepted beginning in April and continuing through the end of June of the award year. Applications are evaluated by the scholarship committee and the recipient is selected by the end of July. The funds are remitted to the college on the student’s behalf three weeks prior to the start of the fall term. In addition to the application and supporting documentation an in-person interview may be required.
The application and supporting documents can be submitted by mail to:
Pottstown Rotary Club Montgomery County Community College Scholarship Committee
PO Box 227
Pottstown, PA 19464
Pennsylvania Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (PASFAA) Scholarship
The PASFAA Scholarship is made possible by the association and generous donations from members. PASFAA will award seven, $1,000 scholarships.
Students applying for the PASFAA Scholarship must meet all of the following requirements:
- Pennsylvania resident – If you are 18 years of age or older you must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least the 12 consecutive months before you file the FAFSA (excluding any time you are enrolled in a Pennsylvania postsecondary school, if you came into or remained in Pennsylvania for the purpose of attending a school or college). If you are under 18 years of age you must have a supporting parent or guardian who has been a Pennsylvania resident for at least the 12 consecutive months before you filed the FAFSA.
- Enrolled at least half-time, in a degree-seeking program in a post-secondary institution of higher education OR a diploma/certificate program in the Nursing or Business Trade & Technical Sector only
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed 30 credits or the hours equivalent from a post-secondary institution of higher education at the time of application
- Complete the PASFAA Scholarship Application
- Scholarships are non-renewable, but students are welcome to reapply
- Preference will be given to applicants attending schools that are part of the PASFAA membership
- No more than one scholarship per year will be given to each of the following sectors: Business Trade & Technical, Nursing, Private Four Year, Public Two Year, PASSHE, State- Related and Graduate Schools.
Distribution of funds
PASFAA will distribute checks at the Fall Conference, if the winner or school representative is present. If not, check will be mailed. Winners must supply social security number for tax purposes. The Financial Aid Office must verify that the student is enrolled and in good academic standing. This scholarship is designed to reduce debt – it is not to be used by the institution to replace or reduce grant or other scholarship funds. If the student withdraws from the school prior to the scholarship funds being applied to their account, all scholarship money must be returned to the PASFAA Scholarship fund.
Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship
Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship
The Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship helps provide access to pathways through education and into the STEM workforce for all students, particularly those from diverse backgrounds and communities historically underrepresented in STEM fields. Each year, the STEM Scholarship Program awards $10,000 to 200 recipients studying engineering or computer science at a 4-year college or university. Recipients may renew the scholarship up to three times for a total potential value of $40,000 per student.
Ann's Scholarship, Shannondell of Valley Forge
Open to students who are dining facility employees of Shannondell of Valley Forge.
Students applying for Ann's Scholarship, Shannondell must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be in good academic standing
- Enrolled at least part-time (6 Credits)
- Be at least a part-time employee of (or related to an employee of) Shannondell at Valley Forge
- Preference will be given to non-management hourly employees of dining services at Shannondell
- Applicant must obtain and submit a letter from the Shannondell H.R. Office indicating their current employment status and specific job title/role.
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office College Fund Scholarship
Students applying for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office College Fund Scholarship must any of the following criteria:
- Be a resident of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
- Be enrolled in an associate's degree program
- Active deputy Sheriff
- Retired deputy with more than 10 years of service
- Employee of the Sheriff's Office
- An immediate family member (wife, husband, legal partner recognized by the Commonwealth, legal child) of any of the roles noted above.
Peter M. Duffy Endowed Scholarship (Montgomery County Firefighters)
Open to children and grandchildren of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Firefighters.
- Be enrolled in at least 2 classes per semester
- Preference will be given to students 21 years of age or younger
- Have demonstrated financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA and determined by the Financial Aid Office.
- Have a GPA of at least 2.5
- Submit an essay describing how this scholarship will advance your personal and professional goals and/or interests.
- Submit a letter of reference.
Ryan Johnson, Ph.D., Endowed Scholarship
In 2013, Dr. Ryan Johnson, a beloved professor of history at MCCC’s Pottstown Campus passed away at 32 years of age. Ryan was a dedicated educator with a passion for history and a belief in the importance of higher education and lifelong learning. Students eagerly signed up for his courses and fellow faculty and staff enjoyed working alongside him. It was a significant loss to the College, his loved ones, and the community at large.
In honor of Ryan’s love of history and devotion to education, his family and friends established the Ryan Johnson, Ph.D., Endowed Scholarship. This prestigious award is given to a graduating student who has displayed academic excellence, a passion for history coursework, commitment to ongoing education, and resilience in overcoming obstacles. Each year, the funding is awarded directly to the recipient’s student account at the four-year institution to which they are transferring to celebrate the journey of continued education.
Eligible students will meet the following criteria:
- Upcoming graduating student
- History major or significant credits completed for history courses
- Minimum 3.0 GPA with preference to 3.5 or above
- Faced some kind of adversity (i.e. veterans, single parents, financial need, etc.)
- Must have plans to transfer to a four-year institution after MCCC graduation
- Preference given to students from Pottstown campus however Blue Bell campus and online students may also be considered
To learn more about consideration for this award, contact Dr. Catherine Parzynski, Assistant Professor of History, at email@example.com.
There are many resources that can help you find and apply for scholarships outside of those Montco offers.
Montgomery County Community College Scholarships and Approved External Scholarships
Before applying for external scholarships, you should first ensure you’ve completed the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (if eligible) and have applied for all Montgomery County Community College (“Montco”) scholarship opportunities by completing Montco's Supplemental Scholarship Application.
External Scholarship Disclaimer
Montco is not responsible for the administration of any of the scholarships listed on this page. The College is not associated with any of the affiliates listed, nor does the College vet the opportunities presented. Montco provides these scholarship opportunities for you to research and apply at your own discretion. You are encouraged to conduct your own research and review the scholarship requirements prior to completing and submitting an application.
Avoid a Scholarship Scam
Unfortunately, many students and parents become victims of scholarship scams. Protect yourself and your personal information; if a scholarship application requires your social security number or for you to pay to apply, this is likely a scam; do not ever provide this information in an application!
Resources you should review prior to applying for an external scholarship
- Avoiding student aid scams, published Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education
- Applying for Scholarships (video) (1:20 minute video)
What you need to do if you are awarded an external scholarship
If offered a scholarship though an external agency, you are required to upload a copy of your official notification letter as the funding must be included in your financial aid offer letter, per federal regulations.
Ensure your scholarship check includes your name and Montco Student ID number and is sent, along with your official notification letter, to:
Montgomery County Community College
Student Payment Office
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Potential Financial Aid Adjustment
Receipt of external scholarship funds could reduce previous aid awarded. The College will always reduce loan funds before any other aid source. You will be notified of any required changes to your financial aid awards via a revised financial aid offer letter, viewable through Self-Service via Montco Connect.
Montco External Scholarship Repository
In addition to the external scholarships and search engines listed below, an External Scholarship Repository is available to all Montco applicants and students. New scholarship opportunities are added regularly, so make sure to save the page as a favorite, so you can revisit it often.
External Scholarships and Scholarship Search Engines
- FastWeb – As the largest online scholarship search, FastWeb provides access to more than 600,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and student loans with over one billion dollars available.
- PTK Connect
- Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
- Scholarship Hunter