MacMurray Foundation and Alumni Association 2022-2023 Scholarships

The Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2022-2023 Scholarships. The deadline has been extended to April 3rd.

Scholarship Application

MacMurray Foundation and
Alumni Association Scholarships

From 1846 to 2020 MacMurray College scholarships helped students pursue their college education. MacMurray students were frequently supported by generous college scholarships, often given to first generation college students. The MacMurray Foundation is making scholarships for members of MacFam, i.e., recent students and the relatives of alums, faculty, staff, and former board members, a central offering of its scholarship program. Also, in recognition of MacMurray's long and historic relationship with the Jacksonville community, the Foundation will provide an annual scholarship to a local student in coordination with the Jacksonville Promise Organization. We are also offering a new scholarship opportunity to community college students graduating with an associate's degree. We also invite applications from our awardees from 2021-2022 to renew their scholarships to continue their education and from new applicants pursuing higher education for classes beginning in Fall 2022. (We always welcome contributions to our scholarship funds also.) We are now accepting applications for all these scholarships, but will not review or award any scholarships until after the March 15 deadline for submissions. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please review the criteria below. All awards are for one year only, but previous awardees may apply for additional years through this process.

If you are interested in funding a scholarship or supporting the scholarship program, review the possibilities on our support page.

Current Scholarships

The MacMurray Foundation and Alumni Association is making the following scholarships available to select qualified applicants for the school year 2022-2023.

SCHOLARSHIPS

MacMurray Foundation General Scholarships (each of these scholarships will be for $1000):

William Stanton Scholarship for Future Educators. This scholarship will be for $1000 and will be awarded to a student intending to pursue a career as an educator who meets the criteria listed below.

Class of 1972 Scholarship. This scholarship will be for $2000 and will be awarded to a student who is either first generation, and/or has overcome some obstacle in pursuing or attempting to pursue an undergraduate education, and meets the criteria listed below.

Louise Rintelmann Thompson "I Believe in You" Scholarship. This scholarship will be for $3000 and will be awarded to a community college student receiving an associate's degree who intends to pursue a bachelor's degree as a residential on-campus student and who meets the eligibility criteria listed below.

Criteria for Applying

  1. Previous MacMurray Foundation Scholarship Awardees
    1. Previous awardees must submit another complete application during the application period.
    2. The application must indicate that the previous awardee/applicant will be a full-time student during academic year 2022-2023:
      1. As an undergraduate student at a private liberal arts college, or
      2. As an undergraduate student majoring in one of the programs for which MacMurray College was prominent, or
      3. As a student pursuing an advanced degree in a helping profession, or
      4. Be the previous year’s Foundation awardee who also was a Jacksonville Promise awardee.
    3. The application must include a paragraph giving an account of the previous year's academic and non-academic activities and explaining how the previous year's scholarship award helped the awardee achieve these activities and accomplishments.
    4. In addition to the application, the previous awardee must submit a transcript from the previous academic year (2021-2022) showing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  2. New Applicants for All MacMurray Foundation General Scholarships
    1. Primary Criteria. To be considered for a MacMurray Foundation and Alumni Association general scholarship, an applicant must meet either a or b of the following, meet one or more of the additional criteria listed in paragraph 2 below, and submit a complete application:
      1. Be a member of MacFam. For this purpose and in keeping with the theme of MacFam, a member of MacFam is considered to be anyone who attended or graduated from MacMurray College, a former faculty member, staff, or board member of MacMurray College, or a relative of any of the above; or
      2. Be an awardee of a Jacksonville Promise scholarship and meet the Foundation's general scholarship requirements.
    2. Additional Criteria.
      1. Initially, those applicants who were students at MacMurray College at the time of its closure will be given first priority, so that they may have assistance in finishing their college experience.
      2. Be a first-generation College student.
      3. Be a high school graduate who will attend a private liberal arts college.
      4. Be a college applicant or attendee who will major in one of the programs for which MacMurray was historically prominent, i.e., Deaf Education and Hard of Hearing, Special Education and teacher training, Nursing, Social Work, Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, Art, Music, or a helping profession.
      5. Be pursuing an advanced degree in a helping profession.
      6. Demonstrate Financial Need as indicated on the MFAA Financial Need Form. (See Financial Need Form.)
      7. Be a person who has overcome a difficulty in life, such as physical, mental or other, as explained in the required essay.
  3. Applicants for a William Stanton Scholarship for Future Educators
    Applicants for a William Stanton Scholarship for Future Educators must meet both the Primary and Additional Criteria listed above for a MacMurray Foundation General Scholarship, submit a complete application as indicated below, as well as indicating in the application that they intend to pursue a career as a future educator.
  4. Applicants for the Class of 1972 Scholarship Criteria
    1. Applicants for the Class of 1972 Scholarship must be a member of MacFam as indicated in B1a above and meet one or more of the Additional Criteria for a MacMurray Foundation General Scholarship indicated in B2 above, except that the applicant must be pursuing an undergraduate degree. Students who are first generation or who have overcome some obstacle in life will be given priority for the scholarship.
    2. In addition, an applicant must submit a complete application as indicated below, except that the transcript of an applicant for the Class of 1972 Scholarship must show a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for the applicant’s previous academic career.
  5. Applicants for the Louise Rintelmann Thompson "I Believe in You" Scholarship Criteria
    1. Applicants for the Louise Rintelmann Thompson "I Believe in You" scholarship must submit both a complete application by the March 15th, 2022 deadline and a reference letter from a faculty or staff member of a community college. The applicant must be an individual who:
      1. Is preparing to graduate from a community college with an associate's degree and is intending to pursue a bachelor's degree in the next academic year;
      2. Is planning to finish getting a bachelor's degree as a residential student, i.e., planning to live on the campus of the college; and
      3. Has, during the applicant's years at the community college, demonstrated real academic and personal growth as shown by a recommendation submitted by a faculty or staff member from the community college.

How to Apply for MacMurray Foundation Scholarships

  1. Academic Requirements
    • An applicant for a MacMurray Foundation General Scholarship or the William Stanton Scholarship for Future Educators must have maintained a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the applicant's immediately previous academic career.
    • An applicant for the Class of 1972 Scholarship must submit a transcript showing a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better for the applicant's previous academic career.
    • There is no minimum GPA for the Louise Rintelmann Thompson "I Believe in You" Scholarship.
  2. Essay Requirements
    • An applicant for a MacMurray Foundation general Scholarship, the William Stanton Scholarship for Future Educators, and the Class of 1972 Scholarship must include a short essay (no more than 2 pages) describing how the values of Knowledge, Faith, Service, and Wisdom, Duty and Reverence have impacted the applicant or the applicant's life.
      (See the About page for information about MacMurray values).
    • If applying for a MacMurray Foundation general scholarship, the William Stanton Scholarship or the Class of 1972 Scholarship on the basis of needing assistance as a result of overcoming a difficulty in life, such as a physical, mental or other obstacle in life, please include a discussion explaining this.
    • There is no essay requirement for the Louise Rintelmann Thompson "I Believe in You" Scholarship.
  3. Letter of Reference Requirements
    • Applicants for a MacMurray Foundation general scholarship, the William Stanton Scholarship for Future Educators and the Class of 1972 Scholarship must also submit a letter of reference from a teacher, pastor or other adult of their choice.
    • An applicant for the Louise Rintelmann Thompson "I Believe in You" Scholarship must submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member of the community college from which the applicant is receiving an associate's degree discussing how the applicant has demonstrated real academic and personal growth during the applicant’s career at the community college.

How to Submit Your Application

  1. Application Deadline
    • Complete applications must be submitted by March 15, 2022 using the Scholarship Application Form to be considered for an award for the following academic year. Applications must be filled out completely and all application materials must be submitted by March 15 or they will be rejected without further consideration.
  2. Submitting Your Application
    • To submit your application, email the following documents, along with your completed application form saved in PDF format, to MacScholars@MacAlumFoundation.org:
      1. Official transcript showing cumulative GPA from most recent academic institution, including GPA from most recent academic term. [Not applicable for Louise Rintelmann Thompson "I Believe in You" Scholarship]
      2. Essay as described above. [Not applicable for Louise Rintelmann Thompson "I Believe in You" Scholarship]
      3. Completed Financial Form (if applying for an award based on financial need).
      4. Letter of reference or recommendation as described above.

Privacy Policy for Scholarship
Applicants and Awardees

The information provided by the applicant and family is private and will be shared only with scholarship reviewers for purposes of determining eligibility for a scholarship and making recommendations for scholarship awards. No information will be made public, except as may be required by law, or as indicated below for publication of the award or as specifically permitted by the awardees. Scholarship awardee's information will be provided to the applicant's requested institution. The Foundation reserves the right to make public awardee's name, parent's name and high school for publicizing the award, awardee and the Foundation. (Read our full privacy policy.)

Contact Us

If you have questions or want more information, please contact the Foundation Scholarship Committee Chair at MacScholars@MacAlumFoundation.org.