65% of Applicants Receive Scholarships

January 27, 2014



Mendocino College is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-20105 fall and spring semesters. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Friday, February 28.

“Last year Mendocino College students were awarded over 160 scholarships, totaling more than $183,000,” said Lana Eberhard, Mendocino College Foundation scholarship coordinator. While  65% of the applicants received an award, over 87% of them received $1,000 or more in scholarship dollars. Awards range in value from $100 to $2,000. “One application is all you have to fill out to be considered for a wide variety of scholarships,” said Eberhard. Students can qualify for and receive more than one award. Some career specific awards include nursing, sciences, culinary arts, performing arts and public service. High school students, current college students and anyone planning to enroll in the fall 2014 semester are encouraged to apply.

The application must be typed or keyed from the electronic form available on the Mendocino College Scholarship information and application. Essays telling why you need financial assistance as well as two letters of recommendation are required. Graduating high school seniors must also include a copy of their current high school transcripts.

“The essay is evaluated on things such as career and educational goals and how a scholarship will help a student attend and stay in college,” says Eberhard. “Tell a compelling story, and write about what is important to you.” She is available in the Mendocino College Foundation office to assist with questions and the application. In addition, she has posted an extensive list of tips on how to write an award-winning essay and how to ask for letters of recommendation on the College’s website. Eberhard encourages anyone applying for the first time to attend one of her upcoming application workshops: Lake Center, January 30 at 4 p.m.; Ukiah Campus, February 5 at 12:15 p.m.; and North County Center in Willits, February 6 at 5:30 p.m. No reservation is required.

“I advise anyone who is thinking about applying to start right now. Applicants need to give themselves time to draft the essay, and also give anyone who is writing a letter of recommendation time to get it done before the February 28 deadline,” says Eberhard.
Scholarships are often awarded to students based on career or educational goals, grade point average, financial need, service to community groups, participation in clubs, volunteerism and hardships that have been overcome.

To apply for a scholarship, visit the Mendocino College website at then click “students” and then “scholarships.” Other scholarship opportunities offered outside of the college are also listed on the Mendocino College website. For more information, call Lana Eberhard at 467-1018

The college invites individuals or organizations interested in contributing to the College’s scholarship fund, the book awards program or sponsoring a scholarship to contact the Mendocino College Foundation at 467-1018.

The Mendocino College scholarship awards ceremonies take place in May and the scholarship money is available in August for the fall semester. For more information about contributing to the Mendocino College Foundation, call the Foundation Office at 707.467.1018.  

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