The McConnell Foundation Scholars Program is for students seeking bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges and universities.
The purpose of The McConnell Foundation Scholars Program is to identify and support students who are uniquely qualified to bring about positive change in their communities. Ideal candidates are high-achieving students, are among the first generation in their family to attend college, have overcome personal challenges, have positive influence on younger siblings or community members, and demonstrate commitment to the values of giving back and caring for others. Other excellent candidates are high-achieving students who come from more advantaged backgrounds, but who are very aware of their advantages and have shown extraordinary personal commitment to serving others.
The McConnell Scholars Program is a social investment. Return on that investment occurs when our Scholars are successful in attaining their academic, professional, and personal goals, and then use their success to help others succeed. Our investment fails if we select students who are mainly interested in their own success, no matter how high-achieving they may be, or if we select students who are very likely to be successful without our assistance. The one personal characteristic all Scholars share is a genuine concern for the well-being of others. It may be expressed differently from Scholar to Scholar, but it’s always there.
Recipients of The McConnell Foundation Vista and Scholars Programs have access to $30,000 of financial support during their academic careers. They may request up to $7,500 per year depending on their individual financial need. Unused amounts may be rolled forward for a total of six years. If our students finish their initial degree goals with time and money left over, they can use the remainder for the next higher degree goal. For example, Vista students who finish an associate’s degree and transfer to a qualified four-year university may use their remaining funds at their transfer institution. McConnell Scholars who finish their bachelor’s degrees within five years may use any unspent amount for graduate programs. This benefit is especially useful for Scholars who are also recipients of major scholarships such as The Ford Family Foundation Scholars Program, as they can defer the entirety of their McConnell funds until graduate school.
Visit their website for more information at www.mcconnellfoundation.org and click this link to set up and account and begin filling out the application: https://northstatescholarships.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx