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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.

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Montco L.I.F.E. (Living Intentionally Financial Empowerment) Scholarship

The Financial Aid Office invites all current Montco students to apply for a new scholarship opportunity funded by a MontcoWorks grant. This scholarship focuses on financial education and empowerment. To qualify, you must complete the short self-paced financial education modules and testing through Financial Avenue, a tool powered by our partner in financial education, Inceptia.

Financial Avenue provides courses relevant to the student life cycle with topics ranging from budgeting to managing student loans to planning for future life events like buying a home or saving for retirement. Participants will learn how to better manage their personal and educational finances while in school and beyond.

This scholarship will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. The first eight (8) applicants who complete all steps noted below will win one of eight (8) $500 LIFE Scholarships to be applied towards either spring 2021 (retroactive) or summer 2021 14- or 6-week session I courses. You must either be currently enrolled for spring 2021 or summer 2021 to qualify!

To apply:

  1. Visit Financial Avenue and select "login". Next, choose “sign up now” and enter access code monty3.
  2. Follow the instructions to create your account and ensure you use your Montco email address in the email field.
  3. Complete the short "Get Started Survey" and submit.
  4. View the "course instructions" information.
  5. At your own pace, complete all ten (10) courses with an 80 percent passing grade or higher on the test you will take upon completion of the module.
  6. Have been/be enrolled in spring 2021 and/or the summer 2021 14- or 6-week session I course(s).

Deadline: May 31, 2021. All steps must be completed to be eligible.

Selection: Winners will be selected by early June 2021 and will be notified via email to their Montco email.

For more information or questions about the application process, email financialaid@mc3.edu.

Montco L.I.F.E. (Living Intentionally Financial Empowerment) Essay Contest Scholarship

The Financial Aid Office invites all current Montco students to participate in an essay contest scholarship funded by a MontocoWorks grant. This scholarship focuses on financial education and empowerment. To qualify, the you must complete a short self-paced financial education module of your choice through Financial Avenue, a tool powered by our partner in financial education, Inceptia. After completing the module, you must write a 250 word essay explaining how the information you learned in the course will benefit you in your life.

Financial Avenue provides courses relevant to the student life cycle with topics ranging from budgeting to managing student loans to planning for future life events like buying a home or saving for retirement. Participants will learn how to better manage their personal and educational finances while in school and beyond.

Applicants who complete ALL steps noted below will be selected at random to win one of three (3) $500 LIFE Essay Scholarships to be applied towards the summer 2021 14-week or 6-week session I courses. You must be currently enrolled in summer 2021 14- or 6- week session I to qualify!

To apply:

  1. Visit Financial Avenue and select "login". Next, choose “sign up now” and enter access code monty3.
  2. Follow the instructions to create your account and ensure you use your Montco email address in the email field.
  3. Complete the short "Get Started Survey" and submit.
  4. View the "course instructions" information.
  5. Complete one (1) financial learning module of your choice.
  6. Write a 250 word essay explaining how the information you learned in the course will benefit you in your life. Submit your essay to fa@mc3.edu using “L.I.F.E. Essay Scholarship Submission” in the subject line. The email should be sent from your Montco student email. In the body of the message, you must include your name and student ID. Your essay can be attached as a Word document or PDF or included in the body of the email.
  7. Be enrolled in summer 2021 14- or 6-week session I course(s).

Deadline: May 31, 2021. All steps must be completed to be eligible.

Selection: Winners will be selected by early June 2021 and will be notified via email to their Montco email.

Release: By submitting your essay, you give permission for the Montco Financial Aid Office to use all or a portion of your essay in publications and advertising.

For more information or questions about the application process, email financialaid@mc3.edu.

Montco Financial Empowerment & Literacy Scholarship

The Financial Aid Office invites all Montco students to participate in applying for a unique scholarship opportunity centered on financial education and empowerment. To qualify for the scholarship, students are invited to complete short self-paced financial education modules and testing through Financial Avenue, a tool powered by our partner in financial education, Inceptia. Financial Avenue provides courses relevant to the student life cycle, with topics ranging from budgeting, to managing student loans, to planning for future life events like buying a home or saving for retirement. Participating students will learn how to better manage their personal and educational finances while in school and beyond.

Applicants who complete all steps noted below will qualify to be randomly selected to win one of twenty (20) $100 Financial Empowerment & Literacy Scholarships to be applied for either the summer 2021 or fall 2021 semester (whichever is the first semester of the two in which the winner is enrolled).

To apply:

  1. Visit Financial Avenue and click the login button. Select “sign up now!” and enter access code monty3.
  2. Follow the instructions to create your account and ensure you use your Montco email in the email field.
  3. Complete the short “Get Started Survey” and submit.
  4. View the “course instructions” information.
  5. At your own pace, complete at least five courses of your choice with an 80 percent passing grade or higher on the test you will take upon completion of the module.

Extended Deadline: April 30, 2021. All steps must be completed to be eligible.

Selection: Winners will be randomly selected by mid-May 2021 and will be notified via email to their Montco email.

For more information or questions about the application process, email financialaid@mc3.edu.

Foundation Scholarships

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.

Who’s eligible?

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.

Who’s eligible?

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.

Who’s eligible?

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.

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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

Additional information

  • 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

The Lockheed Martin Vocational Scholarship supports students participating in skills-based training in cutting-edge technology and advanced manufacturing fields. Students who are preparing for careers in technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing are invited to apply.

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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.

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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.

To apply: Complete Montco's optional scholarship application

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.

To apply: Complete Montco's optional scholarship application

Peter M. Duffy Endowed Scholarship (Montgomery County Firefighters)

Open to children and grandchildren of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Firefighters.

Applicant must:

  • 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.

To apply: Complete Montco's optional scholarship application

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 cparzyns@mc3.edu.

External Scholarships

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

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