• MHCC Foundation Scholarship Application Tips

  • Essays

    • Invest time in writing thoughtful essays. The majority of your application score will be based on your responses to the four essay questions.
    • Have someone else review your essays. The MHCC AVID Writing Center can help! Visit mhcc.edu/LSCWritingTutoring/ for more information.
    • Reuse your essays for other scholarship applications. The MHCC scholarship essay questions match the essay questions on the OSAC scholarship application. For more information about the $18 million in scholarships available through OSAC, visit oregonstudentaid.gov/scholarships.aspx


    • Find two references. Teachers, coaches, club advisors, supervisors, and coworkers are all good choices.
    • Ask your references permission. You will enter the name and email address of each reference into the scholarship application. The scholarship portal will email them a link to complete a recommendation for you.
    • Make sure your references respond by the deadline. Use the References tab at the top of the scholarship portal to check to see if your references have submitted their recommendations. Follow-up if they haven’t! 


    • If you are new to MHCC, upload an unofficial transcript from the last school you attended (high school or college). This transcript will be used to determine your GPA. If you are a GED graduate, upload your GED transcripts.
    • Returning students do NOT need to upload an unofficial transcript. If you have already completed at least one graded course at MHCC, your GPA will be imported from your student record. You can view your cumulative GPA by clicking on the Applicant Record button in the lower left corner of the application.

    Need-based Scholarships

    • Some (not all) MHCC Foundation Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, which is determined by your EFC (Expected Family Contribution).
    • Complete the 2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Mt Hood Community College as your school (Federal School Code 003204). Your EFC will be automatically imported from your student record to your scholarship application.
    • Students who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA, may file the ORSAA (Oregon State Aid Application). If you file the ORSAA, contact the ORSAA Office at ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov and request a letter containing your EFC. Upload the letter to your scholarship application.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who is eligible for MHCC Foundation Scholarships?

    The MHCC Foundation has 100+ scholarships, each with different eligibility requirements. While there are a few scholarships that do not have minimum GPA or minimum enrollment requirements, most scholarships require recipients to attend at least part-time (6+ credits per term) and to maintain a 2.5 GPA.

    Do I need to complete the FAFSA or ORSAA to apply for MHCC Foundation Scholarships?

    No. If you do not complete the FAFSA or ORSAA, you will still be considered for the scholarships that are not based on financial need. However, students who complete a FAFSA or ORSAA may be eligible for additional scholarships.

    I’m transferring to another college next term? Can I use my scholarship there?

    No. MHCC Foundation Scholarships can only be used at Mt. Hood Community College.

    Can MHCC Foundation Scholarships be used to purchase books?

    Some MHCC Foundation Scholarships can only be used for tuition and fees, while others may be used for all costs of attending college – including tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation, etc. Details of each scholarship will be included in the offer letters to scholarship recipients.