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Daron Malik Jae Simpson

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Scholarship Name: Daron Malik Jae Simpson Memorial

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Deadline to Apply: April 1
GPA: 2.0
1st Year: √ (May be renewable – depending on maintaining 2.0 GPA)
2nd Year: √ 
Duration: Up to 4 uninterrupted Fall and Spring semesters leading to  an MVCC degree or certificate.
Description: For young single mothers who are on the path to self-sufficiency and who have demonstrated a genuine interest in self-improvement. This scholarship is in memory of Daron Malik Jae Simpson who lost his life due to an act of violence on November 10, 2004. He was just over 2 ½ years of age at the time.
Amount Awarded: $500 per semester for tuition and fees.   If tuition costs and fees are covered by Financial aid or other resources, funds may be used for other educational expenses.   Maximum award is $2000 for qualifying applicants.  Automatically renewed for recipients meeting enrollment and grade requirements.
Criteria Checklist:

  • Must be a single mother
  • A high school graduate or matriculated MVCC student in good academic standing.
  • Must be matriculated in a degree or certificate program
  • Enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours of courses in each qualifying semester
  • Eligible applicants will be residents of Oneida County who demonstrate financial need, and who have taken the initiative to personally improve their lives, and the lives of their families, through education and/or training, employment or other avenues. Applicants should provide a statement describing their need and educational goals, and at least one letter of reference from a teacher, counselor or member of the clergy which specifically addresses these issues, and verifies their status as a young single mother.   Preference will be given to single mothers under the age of 30.

Application Process: Contact Institutional Advancement in Payne Hall room 220  for a General MVCC application

Selection by Daron Malik Jae Simpson Memorial Scholarship Committee

MVCC Scholarships

Debra Edick
Administrative Assistant
Institutional Advancement

Contact Information
Payne Hall, Room 220
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501
Telephone - 315.792.5555
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