March 1 deadline for Mendocino College Scholarship applicants

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NORTH COAST, Calif. – Mendocino College is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2013-14 fall and spring semesters until 4 p.m. Friday, March 1.

“Last year the college awarded more than 150 scholarships, totaling over $162,000,” said Lana Eberhard, Mendocino College Foundation scholarship coordinator.

About 54 percent of last year’s applicants received an award and 43 percent of the recipients received $1,000 or more. Some awards are up to $2,500 for the academic year.

“One application is all you have to fill out to be considered for a wide variety of scholarships,” said Eberhard.

Students can qualify 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 2013 semester are encouraged to apply.

The application must be typed or keyed from the electronic form available on the Mendocino College Web site.

An essay about why financial assistance is needed and two letters of recommendation are required. Graduating high school seniors must submit a copy of their official high school transcripts with their application packets.

“The essay is evaluated on need and the ability to express how the 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 Web site.

“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 March 1 deadline,” said Eberhard.
               
Scholarships are often awarded 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 www.mendocino.edu then click “students” and then “scholarships.”

Other scholarship opportunities not connected to the college are also listed on the Mendocino College Web site. For more information call Lana Eberhard at 707-467-1018 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The college invites individuals or organizations interested in contributing to the College’s scholarship fund, the book awards program or in providing a personally sponsored scholarship to contact the Mendocino College Foundation at 707-467-1018.

The Mendocino College scholarship awards ceremonies are held 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 or email Katie Fairbairn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .