Aid for Study Abroad

2015 Study Abroad Scholarships

The International Education Office offers study abroad scholarships to provide financial support to students who wish to participate in a Mesa Community College (MCC) sponsored study abroad program.  All scholarship opportunities are available to Mesa Community College students who wish to participate in a MCC sponsored study abroad program.  

The scholarship applications are available online.  A general scholarship application must be completed online prior to being able to apply for and complete the Merit-Based Study Abroad Scholarship.  The Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship application is incorporated into the Need-Based Study Abroad Scholarship application, therefore, there is only one application to be completed for the Need-Based and the Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarships.

Each scholarship has different requirements. Please read the criteria carefully. Students may qualify for more than one scholarship based on their eligibility.

AWARD AMOUNT: Total amount of scholarship award per student may not exceed $1,000. (This may include a combination of merit-based and need-based scholarships.  The Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship may be awarded in addition to the merit-based and need-based scholarship(s).

Deadline to submit all Study Abroad Scholarships: February 27, 2015 at 11:59pm.

What to do before you begin your scholarship applications:

  1. Get admitted to MCC
    • You will be prompted to enter your Student ID Number. You can find your Student ID Number in your My.maricopa.edu account.
    • Go to My.maricopa.edu to apply for a MEID.
  2. Complete the Student Declaration Form at MCC to update your residency status.
  3. Before applying for any study abroad scholarship(s), you MUST have applied to and been accepted into a study abroad program at MCC.
  4. Complete the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 27, 2015 (at least 30 days before the scholarship deadline of February 27, 2015) to maximize your scholarship opportunities.  NOTE: The FAFSA is required for the Need-Based Study Abroad Scholarship and the Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship application (The Maricopa Grant scholarship is incorporated into the Need-Based Study Abroad scholarship application.)

How to apply for the study abroad scholarships:

  1. You will first need to complete the general application in the Maricopa Community Colleges Scholarships Database online at maricopa.academicworks.com/users/sign_in.  The general application is only required to be completed once per academic year.  If you have previously completed the general application you may proceed to apply for any of the study abroad scholarships.
  2. Once you begin your scholarship application, you will be able to save your work and return at any time to complete and submit your application.  Make sure you click on save before you log out so that you don't lose all your information.
  3. Once you complete the general application you will then be able to apply for the Merit-Based Study Abroad scholarship and/or the Need-Based Study Abroad and Maricopa Grant Study Abroad scholarships.
  4. AFTER YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION.  Please check all your answers before you submit your application.
  5. Incomplete scholarship applications will automatically be disqualified.
  6. All scholarships awarded are conditional upon your full participation in your study abroad program.  If you withdraw from your program, for any reason (voluntary or involuntary), all awards will be revoked. If your award is revoked after funds have been disbursed to you, you will be billed for the amount of the award through your My.maricopa.edu student account.

For assistance with the online application, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (480) 461-7441.

How can I use my Study Abroad Scholarship(s)?

The Study Abroad Scholarships may be used to fund program fees and/or tuition and registration fees. The maximum award amount per student is $1000.  This may include a combination of merit-based and need-based scholarships.  The Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship may be awarded in addition to the merit-based and need-based scholarship(s).  Applications will be scored based on the following criteria:

2015 Merit-Based Study Abroad Scholarship

AWARD AMOUNT VARIES: Total amount of scholarship award per student may not exceed $1,000. (This may include a combination of merit-based and need-based scholarship.  The Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship may be awarded in addition to the merit-based and need-based scholarship(s).

Criteria:

  • Must have applied to and been accepted into a study abroad program at MCC.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
  • Must complete essay (4500 character limit) topic that address the scenario below:
    • Suppose you have $1,000 to spend while traveling for one month in the country of your study abroad program. Describe the cultural, historical, and iconic sites you would visit and explain the academic/educational reasons for visiting these sites. Be sure to explain the limitations and challenges (e.g., linguistic, cultural, financial, logistical, etc.) you would reasonably expect to face in accomplishing your goal.
  • Must be able to demonstrate lawful presence in the United States. Refer to acceptable documents to establish lawful presence (www.maricopa.edu/residency/lawfulpresdocs.php).
  • To apply for 2015 Merit-Based Study Abroad scholarship - CLICK HERE. (You will be directed to your Maricopa Community Colleges District Scholarship Database to access the scholarship application.  You must complete the general application before you are able to apply for the Merit-Based Study Abroad Scholarship. The general application is only required to be completed once per academic year.  If you have previously completed the general application you may proceed to apply for the Merit-Based Study Abroad Scholarship.).

2015 Need-Based Study Abroad Scholarship

AWARD AMOUNT VARIES: Total amount of scholarship award per student may not exceed $1,000. (This may include a combination of merit-based and need-based scholarship.  The Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship may be awarded in addition to the merit-based and need-based scholarship(s).

Criteria:

  • Must have applied to and been accepted into a study abroad program at MCC.
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the time of application.
  • Must complete the Personal Statement of Financial Need (3000 character limit) that address both questions below:
    • How are you currently financing your education (e.g. help from family, financial aid, taking out student loans, working, etc.)? What difficulties have you faced in paying for your education?
  • Must complete the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You should file a FAFSA at least 30 days before the study abroad scholarship deadline.
  • Scoring is based on whether the student is a current MCC student, a MCCCD student, an in-state student, or an out-of-state student. Priority may be given to current MCC students.
  • Must be able to demonstrate lawful presence in the United States. See acceptable documents to establish lawful presence (www.maricopa.edu/residency/lawfulpresdocs.php).
  • To apply for the 2015 Need-Based Study Abroad scholarship - CLICK HERE. (You will be directed to your Maricopa Community Colleges District Scholarship Database to access the scholarship application. You must complete the general application before you are able to apply for the Need-Based Study Abroad Scholarship.  The general application is only required to be completed once per academic year.  If you have previously completed the general application you may proceed to apply for the Need-Based Study Abroad Scholarship.).

2015 Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship

The Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship funding is limited to tuition and fees associated with a Summer I program. Please note that the application for the Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship is incorporated in the Need-Based Study Abroad Scholarship application.  There is no separate application to be completed for the Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship.  Additional questions for consideration of the Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship are optional.   Applications will be scored based on the criteria listed below.

AWARD AMOUNT VARIES: Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship is limited to tuition, registration and course fee(s) for the individual program a student is participating in.  The award may not be applied to other study abroad program fees.  The Maricopa Grant Study Abroad Scholarship may be awarded in addition to the merit-based and need-based scholarship(s).

  • Demonstration of Financial Need which requires completion of the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you need assistance completing the form, please visit the Financial Aid Office. You should file a FAFSA by February 27, 2015 (at least 30 days before the study abroad scholarship deadline of January 27, 2015).
  • Grant is open to all students but focuses on student of color and/or under-represented populations participating in MCC's study abroad programs.
  • Must be able to demonstrate lawful presence in the United States. See acceptable documents to establish lawful presence (www.maricopa.edu/residency/lawfulpresdocs.php).
  • To apply for the 2015 Maricopa Grant Study Abroad scholarship - CLICK HERE. (You will be directed to your Maricopa Google Student Email Account to be able to access the scholarship application).

For assistance with the online application, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (480) 461-7441.

External Scholarship Resources for Study Abroad Programs

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program Online Application Open

The Gilman International Scholarship Program is happy to announce that the online application system is now open for students participating in study abroad programs during the Spring 2015, Summer 2015.  

The application for spring 2015 and the early application for summer 2015 to study or intern abroad is now open!  The deadline to submit an early applicaton is October 7, 2014 by 11:59pm Central Time.  If you miss the early application deadline for summer you can still apply and that application will open January 2015 and close on March 3, 2015.

We ahis to be a comnticipate tpetitive cycle so start early, start now and utilize all available Gilman resources. For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources please visit the Gilman website at www.iie.org/gilman.

  • EARLY Summer Application Deadline: October 7, 2015 by 11:59pm Central Time.

  • Summer Application Deadline: Opens January 2015 and ends March 3, 2015 by 11:59pm Central Time.

Financial Aid, Grants, and Scholarships for Study Abroad Programs

Financial aid can be used to help cover the cost of participating in a study abroad program. The MCC Financial Aid (FA) Office is dedicated to helping students with all facets of the financial aid process, including scholarships and grants.  For detailed information, please visit the Financial Aid Office.

Financial Aid Workshop for Study Abroad - If you missed the workshop you can view the presentation by clicking on the link below.

2014 Study Abroad_Financial Aid Presentation.pdf

You can review the MCCCD administrative regulations governing Student Financial Assistance here.