Amanda Harber

Mountain 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.



Food City Friends of Coal Scholarship

The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the availability for the Food City/Friends of Coal Scholarship for Coal Industry Impacted Students for the Spring 2017 semester.

Earlier this y ear, Food City and Friends of Coal of Pikeville/COA partnered to design special commemorative reusable shopping bags, sold on Earth Day 2016. Each bag was filled with valuable Food City exclusive brand merchandise and retailed for $10.00 plus tax. 100% of the proceeds from the bag sales were presented to local colleges to provide scholarships for displaced minors, their spouse or their children wishing to continue their education.

The total amount of funds available at Mountain Empire Community College is $5,250.00 to support seven (7) $750.00 scholarships.

To be eligible for consideration the student must:

  • Virginia resident for tuition purposes
  • A current/former employee of the coal industry (documentation required)
  • A dependent spouse or child of a current/former employee of the coal industry (documentation required)
  • Enrolled Spring semester 2017 for credit courses
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 if enrolled prior to Spring 2017.
  • Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Priority consideration for these scholarships will be for students enrolled full-time who need assistance with tuition and fees.

The application deadline for consideration is Friday, February 3, 2017. Incomplete applications and those not containing the appropriate documentation will not be reviewed.