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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.

Textbook Assistance 

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.

Emergency Assistance 

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

Howard and Karin Evans College Incentive Program 

The MPC Foundation awards local High School seniors annually to become members of an exclusive cohort of students who receive up to $4500 in scholarship incentives and special access to campus resources. Thanks to funding from Howard and Karin Evans, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation and other generous donors, we are able to put recent disadvantaged high school graduates on a path to higher education. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE EVANS MAIN PAGE.
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Alumni Scholarship

Five MPC Alumni Scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to students who are related to an MPC alumnus and plan to attend MPC. MPC Alumni Scholarships are funded by the activities of the Foundation’s Alumni Committee, chaired by Lee Gutierrez and Renee Kezirian. Five awards will be made – one from each local high school: Monterey, Marina, Pacific Grove, Seaside, and Carmel High Schools.

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. 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.