Scholarships & Grants

In-House Scholarships

Board of Regents Tuition Award

The Board of Regents Tuition Award waives tuition costs for all students admitted to BMCC who complete the required application and meet the following rules:

  1. Must be a member of a U.S. Federally Recognized Tribe and a copy of your Tribal I.D. or verification of Tribal membership from your Tribal Enrollment Clerk is on file at BMCC.

  2. Must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average.

  3. At least one-half or 50% of all credits taken at any given time must be taken on campus. Please be aware that enrollment in online classes or off campus classes after you have enrolled on campus can cancel your eligibility if you fall below the 50% on campus rule.

  4. Students must display good moral character to remain eligible (the BMCC student handbook will be used for reference of expected student behavior).

The award is presently limited to sixty-six (66) credits which is enough to secure any Associates Degree BMCC offers and remember at least thirty-three (33) credits of the total of 66 credits must be taken on campus. If a student withdraws from a class after the drop period and the Board of Regents Tuition Award has been applied to the student’s account, the class will count against the sixty-six (66) credits allowed under the Board of Regents Tuition Award program.

Any student currently earning below a 2.0 cumulative Grade Point Average at the end of the academic year will be placed on probation and have one academic year to bring their GPA up to a 2.0. If the student fails to achieve a 2.0 during the probationary period, they will not be eligible until their cumulative GPA is brought up to the 2.0 requirement.

**Early Childhood Education COURSES are not subject to the 50% on campus rule as stated in Part C.

board_of_regents_tutition_award.pdf

ECE_covered_Board_of_Regents.pdf


Herman E. Cameron Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to Bay Mills Indian Community Members.
Students Must:

  • be a U.S. Citizen
  • carry 8 credits or more
  • have a Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher
  • submit a paper copy of 1 1/2 page essay, photo, & screen shot of essay word count to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline. 

Preference will be given to second year students. Please contact the Financial Aid Office about scholarship postings and deadlines. 

Leon M. Kinney Sr. Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to Native and Non-Native Students.

Students Must:

  • be a U.S. Citizen
  • carry 8 credits or more
  • have a Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher
  • be enrolled in a health related degree program
  • submit a paper copy of 1 1/2 page essay, photo, & screen shot of essay word count to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline. 

Preference will be given to second year students and members of Bay Mills Indian Community. Please contact the Financial Aid Office about scholarship postings and deadlines.

Veronica VanSloten Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to Native and Non-Native Students. 

Students Must:

  • be a U.S. Citizen
  • carry 8 credits or more
  • have a Minimum 2.5 GPA or higher
  • submit a paper copy of 1 1/2 page essay, photo, & screen shot of essay word count to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline.

Please contact the Financial Aid Office about scholarship postings and deadlines.


Other Scholarships

Scholarships are available from various donors, religious and service organizations. If interested in applying for any of these, please contact the Financial Aid Office. 

Check out the new guidelines for AICF and other BMCC Scholarships below:
New guidelines from American Indian College Fund and BMCC Scholarships.pdf

American Indian College Fund (AICF)

The American Indian College Fund scholarships and grants are an integral part of the financial aid package at Bay Mills Community College. The Financial Aid Office posts information regarding the AICF Grants/Scholarships at the beginning of each semester and the student is responsible for filling out the application online.


Nick Gerrish College Scholarship

Soo Co-op Credit Union offers an educational scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to a Bay Mills Community College student. Students must be a member in good standing of Soo Co-op Credit Union, be enrolled as a full time student, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75, and submit an essay. Applications may be obtained at any branch office of Soo Co-op Credit Union or online at www.soocoop.com.


Federal Pell Grant Program

The Federal Pell Grant Program is a student aid program designed to provide undergraduate students with a base of financial aid to help meet the costs of attending college. The Federal Pell Grant is also the foundation from which all other student financial aid (federal, state, institutional, and private) is built. Eligibility for Pell is determined from the FAFSA application.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

The purpose of the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is to provide grants to exceptionally needy students to help pay for their post-secondary education. It is for undergraduates only and it does not have to be paid back. The minimum award is $100. To qualify for these grant funds, students must be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant.


Michigan Works

Under the provision of Michigan Works, the E.U.P. Employment and Training Consortium receives federal and state funding to provide financial assistance for classroom training to eligible residents of Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties. The purpose of Michigan Works is to prepare the student for immediate employment upon completion of training. Because eligibility requirements vary, students must contact the E.U.P. Employment and Training Consortium to explore available programs. 


Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)

Michigan is home to approximately 1.3 million individuals with disabilities. MRS works with eligible customers and employers to achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for individuals with disabilities. We work in partnership with individuals with disabilities to prepare for and obtain competitive employment, including exploring the possibilities of self-employment or owning a small business. Employment services to individuals with disabilities are provided in all 83 Michigan counties.

MRS also assists employers find and retain qualified workers with disabilities. MRS helps employers save time and money, and maintain a motivated, reliable and dependable workforce.

On their website you will find complete information about their services, how to apply, and where their offices are located.


Tuition Incentive Program

The Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) is an incentive program that encourages eligible students to complete high school by providing tuition assistance for the first two years of college and beyond. To meet the financial eligibility requirement, a student must have (or have had) Medicaid coverage for 24 months within a 36-consecutive-month period as identified by the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). TIP provides assistance in two phases. Phase I covers tuition and mandatory fee charges for eligible students enrolled in a credit-based associate degree or certificate program at a participating Michigan community college, public university, degree-granting independent college, federal tribally-controlled college or Focus: HOPE. Phase II provides a maximum of $2000 total tuition assistance for credits earned in a four-year program at an in-state, degree-granting college or university. Award parameters are subject to legislative changes.

Go to www.michigan.gov to find more information about this program.


Tribal Support Programs and the Indian Higher Education Program

Financial assistance for tribal members wishing to pursue post-secondary education or vocational training is available through individual tribal education departments.  To apply, contact your tribal education director for an application and program guidelines.


Work Study Program

The purpose of the Work Study program is to make available part-time employment opportunities for students who have demonstrated financial need and who are eligible for financial aid. Students at Bay Mills Community College must apply through the Financial Aid Office. To determine if a student qualifies for work study, financial aid eligibility and work ability are evaluated. Students may be required to re-apply for work study programs each semester as actual employment is based upon funding available.