Student Assistance Programs
The diverse communities we serve trust Monterey Peninsula College to educate their most precious resource: people. Through the generous gifts entrusted to us, the Foundation provides over 160 scholarships annually to MPC students and incoming high school graduates through a combination of endowed, named, and unrestricted gifts.
The most valuable gift you can give is the gift of an education. Your investment in student assistance programs opens up avenues to higher education that are out of reach for many individuals throughout our community, and lets our students know that you believe in them.
We respect the fact that you are the donor. You decide where you want your funds to help. We welcome the opportunity to work with you.
Establish a Scholarship
Creating a scholarship in your name, or in honor of a loved one, is one of the most direct ways to support student success. Such a gift allows you to direct the scholarship to support students majoring in a particular program or area that matches your interest. Please contact us for more information.
Create an Endowed Scholarship
An endowed scholarship is an opportunity to leave a legacy in perpetuity. Consider the benefits of a gift that will continue to give. You may choose to make a one-time gift or pledge the amount over a four year period. The principal is invested and a portion of the return is used each year to support the scholarship. The remainder is added back into the principal to promote growth and protect against inflation. Please contact us for more information.
The cost of college textbooks continues to skyrocket and is one of the largest out-of-pocket expenses that students face. In some instances, the cost of a textbook is the determining factor in whether or not a student enrolls in a particular course. The MPC Foundation is committed to removing the deterrent of exorbitant textbook costs for students with financial need. Our Textbook Assistance Program provides grants that enable students to purchase books through the MPC Bookstore. We currently help 45-50 students each year to purchase their books, affording them the opportunity to succeed with their coursework.
The Foundation provides emergency assistance to students that are at-risk of dropping out of college due to an unexpected hardship. This program grew from what was originally the Women Supporting Women Fund, founded in 1998 by three women in our community: Ilene Tuttle, Pat Faul, and Karin Strasser-Kauffman. Since then, more than 450 individuals and organizations have become donors to this program. Now available for both male and female students at-risk of dropping out, the fund has grown to an endowment of more than $100,000, and hundreds of students have received assistance, allowing them to reach their educational goals.
The MPC Foundation High School Scholarships
Robert K. Bullock Scholarship
Robert K. Bullock Journalism Scholarships, also $1,000 each, will be awarded to local students interested in pursuing a career in journalism, communications, or mass media who are planning to enroll at MPC in the Fall 2016. These scholarships honor the memory of Robert “Bob” Bullock and his lifelong passion for journalism. Bullock was the Herald’s news editor and sports editor for 43 years. He gifted over $2 million to the MPC Foundation through his estate.