McConnell Foundation Scholars Program

The purpose of The McConnell Foundation Scholars Program is to identify and support students 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. Special consideration is given for those who have overcome significant challenges such as homelessness, participation in the foster-care system, or multi-generational poverty. 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 use their success to help others succeed. 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.

You may apply to The McConnell Foundation Scholars Program if you meet the following requirements:
• Residency in our service area
 You live or attend high school in our service area of Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, or Trinity County, or
 you attend Big Valley High School in Lassen County or Hoopa Valley High School in Humboldt County, which serve students in our service area, or
 You live in our service area and will transfer from Shasta College or College of the Siskiyous in the coming fall
• You will start at a college or university in the fall term of the upcoming academic year
 You may not apply if you currently attend college. Concurrent enrollment in high school and college courses is fine.
 Students who are currently attending Shasta College or College of the Siskiyous may apply before March 5th of the same year they transfer to a qualified four-year university for the following fall term.
 You may not already have a bachelor’s degree.
• You will enter a qualified college or university
 The following colleges and universities qualify for McConnell scholarship funds:
o All public community colleges such as Shasta College, College of the Siskiyous, Klamath College, etc.
o All California State Universities such as CSU Chico, Humboldt State University, Sonoma State University, etc.
o All University of California campuses such as UC Davis, UC Berkeley, etc.
o All public universities within the United States.
o Many private universities also qualify. For a detailed explanation and partial list, please see below.
• Financial need
 Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or California Dream Act Application is $5,711 or less.
• You are not a “disqualified individual”
 You may not be directly related to any McConnell Foundation Board of Directors or Program Services staff, or current volunteer selection committee member.
• Undocumented students who meet the above criteria are welcome to apply

Complete Application including:
• Short Essay responses
• Student Aid Report or California Aid Report from the FAFSA or California Dream Act
• Transcripts
• Photo

To learn more about this scholarship and the application process please visit their website at or click on the visit button below.

Award: 30 reward recipients
Deadline: March 5, 2021