Scholarships

    The 2014-2015 Scholarship Application period is now closed.

    2014-2015 Scholarship winners were announced.


    When will I receive my spring 2015 award?

    To receive the spring semester allocation of your scholarship award, you must be registered in at least (##*) units by January 23, 2015.  If you meet this deadline, or have already registered, your scholarship disbursement will be available on your debit card January 30, 2015. If you do not register for spring 2015 classes or in the appropriate number of units (##*), the spring allocation of your scholarship is forfeit.

    *Note: in the appropriate number of units as specified in your specific scholarship award letter.


    Application Process


    During the spring semester each year (Mid-January to April), current CMC students are invited to submit a single scholarship application for all CMC-sponsored scholarships, for the following academic year. A college-wide committee reviews the applications and announces scholarship recipients by June 30th.

    Scholarship Application Completion Tips

    1. Read each scholarship’s specific qualifications thoroughly. You must meet ALL qualifications for each scholarship you select. If you do not meet even one of the qualifications, you do not qualify for that scholarship.
    2. Make sure you have the absolute minimum cumulative GPA for each scholarship selected.
    3. Make sure the number of units needed for each scholarship is the number you completed in the fall or you will complete in the spring.
    4. Ask more than two people to provide you with letters of recommendation. This ensures at least two references will submit recommendations on your behalf. Professional references only; no relatives or friends! At least one must be a former or current instructor or teacher.
    5. There are five (5) discussion points; make sure all five are answered.
    6. If a specific scholarship requires additional information or a separate essay, make sure you complete that requirement and submit it with your application.
    7. Make sure your application is completely filled out, including your signature. Unsigned and/or incomplete applications are automatically disqualified.
    8. Type your application. It makes it easier for the committee to review.

    Additional Applications Hints and FAQs


    Available Scholarships at CMC

    The Scholarships listed below are representative. Scholarships may be added or deleted from the list each year according to availability, and a list will be made available in mid-spring semester. All CMC scholarships applied for through this application process require a completed application along with two letters of recommendation, at least one from a current/former instructor/teacher. Professional references only; no relatives or friends.


    Academic Merit Scholarship

    • Completed a minimum of 12 degree-applicable/transferable units at CMC
    • Currently enrolled in 12 or more units at CMC
    • Intends to be enrolled in a minimum 12 units for Spring and will complete a minimum of 12 units for Fall
    • Current cumulative CMC GPA is 3.5 or higher for degree-applicable/transferable units
    • One-page essay on the topic: How do I personally demonstrate the value of education and learning?
    • Separate page listing activities, programs and organizations student has been active in on campus and/or in the community
    • Separate page discussing why student should be chosen as the Academic Merit Scholarship winner.

     Ángela Ramírez Scholarship

    • Enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC, i.e. part-time student
    • Single parent or legal guardian of a minor child(ren)
    • Open to legal non-residents and legal U.S. residents

    Art Mitz Social Science Scholarship

    • Pursuing an Associate in Arts degree in Social Science
    • Currently enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC
    • Current GPA is 3.00 or higher

    CMC Faculty Scholarship, part of The Osher Initiative for California Community College StudentsCCCSE_Logo2

    • Currently enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC
    • Intends to be enrolled in 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
    • Completed a minimum of 24 degree-applicable cumulative units - must provide unofficial transcripts for units completed outside of CMC
    • Has a course completion rate at CMC of at least 50%
    • Is pursuing an Associate in Science (AS) or Arts (AA) degree
    • Qualifies for the Board of Governor's Waiver and has unmet financial need

    CMC Foundation Full-Time Alumni Scholarship

    • Completed a minimum of 12 units in Fall and will complete a minimum of 12 units in Spring at CMC
    • Current GPA is 3.00 or higher
    • Citizen of the U.S. or a permanent resident
    • Intends to be enrolled in 12 units per semester during the upcoming academic year

    CMC Foundation Part-Time Alumni Scholarship

    • Completed a minimum of 6 units in Fall and will complete a minimum of 6 units in Spring at CMC
    • Current GPA is 3.00 or higher
    • Citizen of the U.S. or a permanent resident
    • Intends to be enrolled in 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year

    Classified Senate Scholarship

    • Current CMC student enrolled in a minimum of 6 units for Spring, and will complete a minimum of 6 units in Fall
    • Current GPA is 2.50 or higher

    The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation Scholarship

    • Current CMC student enrolled in a minimum of 6 units for Spring
    • Intends to be enrolled in 6 units per upcoming semesters
    • Current CMC GPA is 2.50 or higher
    • Is a Veteran, dependent of a deceased veteran, or is currently on active duty and is verifiable through CMC's Veterans Services.
    • Attached a paragraph briefly describing how the scholarship will assist in achieving their educational goals.

    The Community Foundation Pooled Scholarship Master FundCFS_logo

    • Is a permanent resident of Riverside or San Bernardino County
    • Maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or 2.75 if enrolled in technical training
    • Has unmet financial need
    • Is currently enrolled in at least 6 units at CMC

    Lena T. Pond Fund Scholarship (through The Community Foundation)

    • Is enrolled in an LVN, or RN program
    • Is a permanent resident of Riverside or San Bernardino County
    • Maintains a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
    • Has unmet financial need
    • Is currently enrolled in at least 6 units at CMC

    Molly Adams Endowed Scholarship (through The Community Foundation)

    • Is currently enrolled in at least 6 units at CMC
    • Is a permanent resident of Riverside or San Bernardino County
    • Receives services from ACCESS (formerly DSPS)

    Elsie Grace Memorial Art Scholarship – NEW!

    • Completed at least 6 units of Art courses at CMC
    • Pursuing an Associate degree in Art; and/or transfer for B.A. in Art
    • Current GPA is 2.00 or higher
    • Intends to be enrolled in 6 units per upcoming semester at CMC
    • Attached 5x7 photos (or jpg or pdf print outs) of five (5) pieces of Art work


    J. Neil Hastings Perpetual Scholarship

    • Plan to be enrolled in 6 units per upcoming semester at CMC
    • Current CMC GPA is 2.00 or higher
    • Pursuing an Associate in Science (AS) or Arts (AA) degree

    Jim Pulliam Scholarship

    • Current CMC student enrolled in a minimum of 6 units for Spring and will complete a minimum of 6 units in Fall
    • Current GPA is 3.00 or higher

    Rene Willard Perpetual Scholarship - NEW!

    • CMC Student and a CMC Student Worker
    • Enrolled in at least 6 units (part-time)
    • Current CMC GPA is 3.0 or higher
    • Majoring in Business Administration or IS-related field
    • Completed a minimum of 6 units at CMC
    • Have financial need

    Schools First Federal Credit Union Scholarship

    • Completed a minimum of 12 units in Fall and will complete a minimum of 12 units in Spring at CMC
    • Current CMC GPA is 3.00 or higher
    • Intends to be enrolled in 12 units per semester

    Southern California Edison Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Full-time Scholarship – NEW!

    • Currently enrolled in 12 or more units at CMC
    • Intends to be enrolled in 12 units per upcoming semesters
    • Current CMC GPA is 2.50 or higher
    • Pursuing an Associate degree in Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Mathematics and Science, or Mathematics.


    Southern California Edison Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Part-time Scholarship – NEW!

    • Currently enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC
    • Intends to be enrolled in 6 units per upcoming semesters
    • Current CMC GPA is 2.50 or higher
    • Pursuing an Associate degree in Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts: Emphasis in Mathematics and Science, or Mathematics.


    Southern California Edison Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Book Grant – NEW!

    • Currently enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC
    • Intends to be enrolled in 6 units per upcoming semesters
    • Current CMC GPA is 2.50 or higher
    • Registered in CIS classes; Computer Science classes including Visual Basic Programming; Chemistry classes including Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry; Biology classes including Human Anatomy, General Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology; Math classes including College Algebra, Trigonometry, Multivariable Calculus and Calculus; or Physics classes including Introductory Physics and Engineering Physics.

    Student Success Center Scholarship

    • Current CMC student enrolled in the Student Success Center for Spring
    • Plans to receive high school diploma or GED in May
    • Plans to be enrolled as a CMC student in credit classes for Fall

    Students with ABILITIES Scholarship

    • Enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC
    • One-page essay on the topic: Overcoming Personal Obstacles

    Additional CMC-Related Scholarships

    High School Scholarships - 1 (one) $500 scholarship to each of the 3 local High Schools

    CMC Alumni Scholarships are also awarded to graduating seniors in the Morongo Unified School District to be used if they enroll at Copper Mountain College following graduation. Local high school staff  choose the deserving student.

    • Black Rock High School (formerly Sky High School)
    • Twentynine Palms High School
    • Yucca Valley High School

    Associated Students of Copper Mountain College (ASCMC) Scholarships

    ASCMC distributes applications and makes a selection in May. Applicants must be an active participant in student government or club activities. Have at least one letter of recommendation from a counselor or advisor. Upon receipt of the scholarship, the student is required to become a member of ASCMC. Student must attend the mandatory 2 consecutive meetings in order to be appointed to the position of Senator, and must fulfill the duties of this position.


    Greenleaf Scholarship

    CMC's Foundation distributes applications in February and makes the selection in April/May. Click here for additional information.

    Future Scholarships

    If you are interested in setting up a scholarship for Copper Mountain College, please contact CMC's Foundation.