How to Apply

General Information

MiraCosta College scholarships are funded through the MiraCosta College Foundation, which include endowed scholarships, annual scholarships supported by local service organizations, businesses, and individuals, and scholarships awarded on a one-time basis.  Scholarships awarded may be based on financial need and/or academic achievement.  Many of the scholarships are not fixed to specific criteria; however, there are scholarships designated for students meeting certain criteria, such as, single parent, veteran, financial need, international student, etc., or students pursuing a specific major, such as, administration of justice, art, automotive technology, business, horticulture, nursing, performing arts, political science, etc.  

When MiraCosta College Foundation scholarships are offered, download an application or submit it online.   Write a Personal Statement ahead of time so you will be prepared when a scholarship is posted, and visit the MiraCosta Writing Center if you need assistance with your statement.

Frequently asked Questions

Q. How many MiraCosta scholarships can I receive?

A.   MiraCosta students can receive one MiraCosta College scholarship per academic year and are encouraged to reapply each year. 

Also review Other Scholarships Available and apply to all the scholarships that you match the eligibility criteria. You can receive numerous scholarships in addition to a MiraCosta scholarship.

Q. Why do I need to write a Personal Statement?

A.   The Personal Statement provides the Awards & Scholarships Committee with additional information about you when comparing scholarship applications for an award.  MiraCosta students can visit the Writing Center for help with the statement.

Q. Can I use the same Personal Statement for other MiraCosta scholarships?

A.   Yes, but you may want to update your Personal Statement to match the questions asked and to reflect your current situation; such as, changes in your financial status, employment, new volunteer or club activities, etc. 

Q. Do I need an official transcript to apply for a MiraCosta scholarship?

A.   No, the Scholarship office will print unofficial transcripts for MiraCosta scholarships. 

High School students must submit a current, unofficial high school transcript with a fall MiraCosta Foundation scholarship application to be eligible; and prior to award, must complete an Application for Admission to MiraCosta.

Q. Can I turn in my scholarship application early, before the deadline date?

A.   Yes, the deadline date is the last day scholarship applications are accepted, and late applications cannot be processed.  Students are encouraged to turn in applications early so they do not miss out on a scholarship opportunity. 

Q. I am still in high school, when can I apply for scholarships?

A.   High school seniors, graduating in June, planning to attend MiraCosta College in the fall, with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better, are eligible to complete a fall MiraCosta Foundation scholarship application.  High School seniors must submit a current, unofficial high school transcript with their fall MiraCosta Foundation scholarship application to be eligible; and prior to award, must complete an Application for Admission to MiraCosta.

Q. How much money does a scholarship award?

A.   MiraCosta College scholarship amounts vary depending on donor donations.  The minimum award has been $500. 

Q. Is the scholarship award money only for school?

A.   Scholarship checks are issued payable to students in the amount of the scholarship award and may be used for educational and personal expenses. 

Q. Is the scholarship award check mailed to me?

A.  Students claim their scholarship check from the MiraCosta College, Student Accounts/Cashier’s office, Bldg. 3202, located on the Oceanside campus.  Students must present the Cashier with a picture ID, proof of enrollment in six or more units, and present a thank you letter in an envelope addressed to the donor.

Q.  Why do I need to write a thank you letter?

 A.    Donors appreciate receiving a thank you letter from scholarship recipients and especially like to know how this award will help with your education.  Donors do not select scholarship recipients and this is an opportunity for you to share your education and career goals and tell them what the scholarship means to you. 

Many donors have commented that it is the students' thank you letters that inspire them to continue to give money to MiraCosta College.  If you need assistance in writing the letter, please visit the Scholarship office. 

Q.  Who do I contact if I have questions?

A. Call the scholarship office at (760) 795-6751, or e-mail