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These days, it takes a village to afford a university education – or so it seems. In many cases, tuition fees come as a shock to students and families, and students wonder if the expense will pay off in the long run. We’re lucky – that’s not the case in Marshalltown. Students looking to graduate can look to Marshalltown Community College. In addition to state and federal aid, many students are eligible for additional dollars for their studies with the MCC Foundation.

Founded in 1966, the MCC Foundation’s continuing mission is to provide scholarship funds for worthy and needy students to help bridge the gap between financial aid and affordability. The Foundation also financially supports the Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, Athletics, Humanities and Social Sciences departments. We have grown to manage an endowment that has exceeded $6 million and annually awards more than $350,000 in scholarships to MCC students.

Our awarding process balances the needs of students with the specific wishes of many donors. We try to match the scholarship criteria to the student who best matches the donor’s ideal candidate. Since most of our scholarships have a financial need component, we also try to look at the resources available to the student and determine their actual need. We often find that students who show a lot of financial need also receive government aid that covers their bill, whereas a student who shows less financial need by government standards then receives little or no federal or state aid, and the family struggles to pay their school fees. Payments. The MCC Foundation has been able to help hundreds of students each year bridge the gap between an insurmountable bill and a bill the student and family can manage.

We focus on academic success, but not in the way you might think. As a college, we work hard to prepare students for the next level, whether college or professional. And it’s our goal at MCC to meet students where they are and prepare them for next-level success. Our donor community understands that some of our students first come to MCC to become better students before moving on to a 4-year college. Some students need remedial classes or need to learn study skills for college-level courses. Rather than requiring high GPAs for their scholarship, these donors have created criteria that include students with 2.0 GPA or higher.

Additionally, some of our hands-on trades programs offer skills-based training designed to prepare students for well-paying careers. Many of the students attracted to these courses may not have succeeded in the traditional university setting, but excelled in welding, machining, or problem solving found in the trades. These students are often surprised to be selected for a scholarship, and the confidence boost they receive often exceeds the monetary value of the scholarship.

Ultimately, the MCC Foundation sees a student body that is here with a wide range of goals, coming at different levels of financial readiness and need, and we try to meet each student where they are as they incorporates MCC into their education and career path. . We work hard to make college opportunities affordable for everyone, and we appreciate the generous support of all of our donors and the support of the community. If you would like to be part of our student success, please contact me at [email protected]


Carol Geil is the Executive Director

of the MCC Foundation.

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