Scholarships

    The 2016-2017 Scholarship Application period is OPEN.

    All applications, including recommendation forms are due BEFORE 3:00pm in Student Services on Friday, April, 1, 2016.

    Scholarship Application

    Recommendation Form


    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

    • I completed a minimum of 12 degree-applicable/transferable units at CMC
    • I am currently enrolled in 12 or more units at CMC
    • I will complete 12 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • My current cumulative CMC GPA is 3.5 or higher for degree-applicable/transferable units
    • Attached is a one-page essay on the topic: How do I personally demonstrate the value of education and learning?
    • Attached is a separate page listing my activities, programs and organizations I have been active in on campus and/or in the community
    • Attached is a separate page discussing why I should be chosen as the 2015 Academic Merit Scholarship winner.


    ACCESS Club Scholarship

    • I am currently enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • Attached is a one-page essay on the topic: Overcoming Personal Obstacles


    Art Mitz Social Sciences Scholarship

    • I am currently enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • I am pursuing an Associate degree in Social Sciences (Anthropology, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Social Science)
    • My current GPA is 3.00 or higher
    Classified Senate Scholarship
    • I am a current CMC student enrolled in a minimum of 6 units
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • My current CMC GPA is 2.50 or higherCCCSE_Logo2


    CMC Faculty Scholarship, part of the Osher Initiative for California Community College Students

    • I am currently enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • Current GPA is 2.00 or higher
    • I have completed a minimum of 24 degree-applicable cumulative units – student must attach unofficial transcripts for units completed outside of CMC
    • My course completion rate at CMC is at least 50% or higher
    • I am pursuing an Associate in Science (AS) or Arts (AA) degree
    • I qualified for the Board of Governor’s Waiver
    • I have unmet financial need


    CMC Foundation Full-Time Alumni Scholarship

    • I completed a minimum of 12 units
    • I will complete 12 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • My current CMC GPA is 3.00 or higher
    • I am a citizen of the U.S. or a permanent legal resident


    CMC Foundation Part-Time Alumni Scholarship

    • I completed a minimum of 6 units
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • My current CMC GPA is 3.00 or higher
    • I am a citizen of the U.S. or a permanent legal resident


    The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation Scholarship

    • I am a current CMC student
    • I will complete a minimum of 6 units
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • Current CMC GPA is 2.50 or higher
    • I am a Veteran, dependent of a deceased veteran, or I am currently on active duty and this is verifiable through CMC's Veterans Services.
    • Attached is a paragraph briefly describing how this scholarship will assist me in achieving my educational goals.


    The Community Foundation Pooled Scholarship Master Fund

    • I am currently enrolled in at least 6 units at CMCCFS_logo
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • I am permanent resident of Riverside or San Bernardino County
    • My current CMC GPA is 3.0 or higher, or 2.75 if enrolled in technical training
    • I have unmet financial need


    Elsie Grace Memorial Art Scholarship

    • I completed at least 6 units of Art courses at CMC
    • I am pursuing an Associate degree in Art; and/or transfer for B.A. in Art
    • My current GPA is 3.00 or higher
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • Attached are 5x7 photos (or jpg or pdf print outs) of five (5) pieces of my Art work

    First Command Education Foundation (FCEF) Scholarship – NEW!

    • I will complete 12 units per semester at CMC during AY 2016-2017
    • I am enrolled as a CMC student OR I am currently attending a local high school and planning to attend CMC during the AY 2016-2017
    • My current CMC GPA is 3.0 or higher OR my current high school GPA is 3.0 or higher; I have attached my high school transcripts.
    • I am active on the CMC Campus and/or in the Community
    • I am willing to complete FCEF’s course “Basic Finances 4 All”


    J. Neil Hastings Perpetual Scholarship

    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • My current CMC GPA is 2.00 or higher
    • I am pursuing an Associate in Science (AS) or Arts (AA) degree


    Karen Horvath Community Service Scholarship
    • I am a current CMC student enrolled in a minimum of 6 units
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • I am active on CMC Campus and/or in the Community
    • My current CMC GPA is 2.00 or higher
    • I receive services from ACCESS


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

    • I am currently enrolled in at least 6 units at CMC
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • I am enrolled in CMC’s VN or RN program
    • I am a permanent resident of Riverside or San Bernardino County
    • My current CMC GPA is 2.75 or higher
    • I have unmet financial need

    Margot Spangenberg for Higher Education Scholarship (29 Palms Soroptimists) – NEW!

    • I will complete 12 units per semester during AY 2016-20167
    • I am currently enrolled in 12 or more units at CMC
    • My current CMC GPA is 3.50 or higher
    • I am a female student enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classes
    • Attached is a one-page essay on the topic: Female STEM students are underrepresented. What drove you to your field of study and how will you encourage or help other women to bridge the gap between successful men and women in the fields of STEM?


    Molly Adams Endowed Scholarship (through The Community Foundation)

    • I am currently enrolled in at least 6 units at CMC
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • I receive services from ACCESS
    • I am a permanent resident of Riverside or San Bernardino County
    Rene Willard Memorial Scholarship
    • I am currently enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC
    • I completed a minimum of 6 units at CMC
    • I am a Student Worker at CMC
    • My current CMC GPA is 3.00 or higher
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • I am pursuing an Associate degree in Business Administration or an IS-related field (CIS, CS, CP)
    • I have unmet financial need

    Robert Brasier Memorial Art Scholarship

    • I completed at least 6 units of Art courses at CMC
    • I am pursuing an Associate degree in Art History; and/or transfer for B.A. in Art History
    • My current GPA is 3.00 or higher
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • Attached is a paragraph explaining why I have chosen Art History as my major.

    Schools First Federal Credit Union Scholarship

    • I completed a minimum of 12 units
    • I will complete 12 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • My current CMC GPA is 3.00 or higher


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

    • I am currently enrolled in 12 or more units at CMC
    • I will complete 12 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • My current CMC GPA is 2.50 or higher
    • I am pursuing an Associate degree in Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Environmental Studies or Mathematics.


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

    • I am currently enrolled in 6 or more units at CMC
    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • My current CMC GPA is 2.50 or higher
    • I am pursuing an Associate degree in Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, or Mathematics.
    Student Success Center (SSC) Scholarship
    • I am a current CMC student enrolled in the SSC
    • I plan to receive my high school diploma or GED in the Spring
    • I plan to be enrolled as a CMC student in credit classes in the Fall

    Trustees Gilbert and Lombardo Scholarship

    • I will complete 6 units per semester during the upcoming academic year
    • I am a non-traditional student, i.e. 25 years of age or older
    • Attached is a one-page essay on the topic: How do you envision your life five years from now and how could this scholarship contribute to you achieving your goals?

    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.