are as many reasons why people establish scholarships
as there are scholarships at Merced College.
A Thank You
Some donors know very well the difference scholarships
can make because they once benefited from scholarships
as students. For them, continuing the chain
of giving is the best way to say thank you to
those who made their own education possible.
Successful individuals and businesses epitomize
the American Dream. For them, it is a moment
of deep pride to be able to establish scholarships
in their own names or their company's names.
It is a milestone that signifies attainment
of a goal and celebrates the education and hard
work necessary to reach it.
Many of the endowed scholarships at Merced College
are established by friends and family members
as lasting tributes, honoring the spirit and
unique contributions of loved ones. Some of
these scholarships perpetuate a person's passion
for a particular academic subject. Others extend
opportunity in the name of one who valued education,
who graduated from Merced College, or who served
on its faculty or staff.
Scholarships frequently serve as financial incentives
for the best and brightest students to attend
Merced College. Corporate and individual donors
realize that investing in today's students is
an investment in human potential. Whether these
students apply their knowledge to advance their
professions or improve tomorrow's communities,
no other fund promises greater return.
are two ways to establish a Foundation Scholarship
at Merced College:
Endowing a scholarship is committing to build
a fund of at least $10,000. Planned gifts such
as life insurance, bequests, and trusts may also
be used to fund the endowment.
a donor, you may specify a grade point average,
national achievement score, financial need, or
area of study for your scholarship's recipients.
You may even wish to restrict applicants to those
from your hometown or county. You may also choose
to have your recipients selected by the Foundation’s
scholarship committee or by an academic department.