Michael J. French Memorial Engineering Scholarship
Information for Applicants

The Michael J. French, Jr. Memorial Scholarship has been established in honor of an outstanding Tidewater Community College student.  Mike French was a very active engineering student that tragically died of leukemia in August 2004.  Mike was very outgoing and was well known among his fellow engineering students.  He served as the TCC Engineering Club President during the 2001-2002 academic year and eagerly led the club in competitions, community service, and fundraising events.  He was part of a team of nine TCC students to travel to Montreal where their autonomous vehicle captured 3rd place in the 2002 ASEE Model Design Competition.  Mike also provided leadership for a team of 25 TCC engineering students that built a huge structure out of over 9000 cans, which were later donated to the local food bank, as part of the CANstruction competition.  Mike French’s commitment to the engineering program at TCC serves as an excellent example for future TCC engineering students.

The goal of this scholarship is to give financial assistance to excellent students pursuing careers in engineering through TCC’s Engineering program.

Scholarship Awards:
Awards in the amount of $750 will be made for use in the following fall semester.  The number of awards is contingent on available funding, but  typically at least three scholarships are awarded

The scholarship is available for both full- and part-time students.  Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
1)  The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
2)  The applicant must list Engineering (831) as his/her major on TCC records
3)  The applicant must have completed at least 12 credits at TCC.
4)  The applicant must have completed MTH 173 and EGR 120 or their equivalents (must be completed by the time the scholarship is awarded, which is typically in the fall semester).
5)  The applicant must be enrolled for at least 6 credits at TCC that apply toward the A.S. degree in Engineering during the semester in which the scholarship is to be used.
6)  The applicant must submit at least two letters of recommendation.
7)  This scholarship is merit-based, so filling out a FAFSA is not required.

Key Dates:
Applications must be submitted through the Virginia Beach Financial Aid Office.
The priority application period is from January 15 – April 1.  Applications may be submitted at other times, but funding may not be available.

Further Information:
For any questions or additional information, contact the Financial Aid Office at the Virginia Beach Campus.