Amanda HarberMountain Empire Community College receives donor support and grants which support a variety of scholarships, the majority of which are provided through the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation. The MECC Foundation is an institutionally-related 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation whose mission is to foster the growth and progress of Mountain Empire Community College. The MECC Foundation awards scholarships from over 160 funds.

AIMS Higher Scholarship

The MECC AIMS Higher Scholarship encourages Virginia-resident high school students in Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson Counties and the City of Norton to complete a challenging curriculum, and to pursue higher education. Graduating High School students who meet the requirements of the AIMS Scholars (Virginia Scholars) program will have the opportunity to attend up to two years (72 semester credits) of college without paying any tuition or fees out of pocket. For more information on AIMS Higher Scholarships, click here.


AIMS Scholars, please note that your initial award for the semester is based on enrollment of 12 credit hours. If you take more than 12 credit hours, your award will be adjusted after the last day to add/drop.


Applications for MECC Foundation scholarships and the AIMS Higher Scholarship are submitted online. To apply for these scholarships, use your MECC Online Username and password. If you do not know your username or password, refer to the instructions below.


Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission Scholarship

The purpose of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission Scholarship is to provide tuition assistance to certain persons who are now or were formerly associated with the tobacco industry. This scholarship program is designed as a “last dollar” program after all other tuition aid has been exhausted. All awards are subject to available funding and applicants must be full-time students. Part-time students will be considered after all full-time students have been awarded and as funding permits. To apply for the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission Scholarship, click here to download the application. After filling it in completely, please return it and the requested supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office.