MJC Veterans Services is offering two scholarships and the deadline to apply is January 31, 2021. 

Ron Tingley Veteran of the Year

The Ron Tingley Veteran of the Year Award is an award given by the Office of Campus Life & Student Learning.  The award is given to an MJC Veteran student who has accomplished the following:

  • Has demonstrated academic excellence by maintaining an above average grade point average
  • Participated in any activities related to the Veterans Resource Center and Veterans Club
  • Has been an active part of campus activities
  • Is on track to receive a Certificate, Associates Degree, or Transfer

This award is named in honor of Ron Tingley, a former MJC Veterans Service Counselor who passed away.

The Benito Aguilar Scholarship

This scholarship exists in honor of Benito Aguilar, MJC student and United States Marine that truly lived and practiced selfless service to all he met. His personal example of care and compassion at the Veterans Resource Center embodies the proud service tradition of the United States Marine Corps, and the pursuit of academic excellence at MJC.  

Students please read the following information below: 

It is important to get prepared in advance to apply for scholarships at Modesto Junior College. To qualify for scholarship consideration students must meet the minimum criteria listed below. Remember, scholarships are an academic competition!

  • Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher by the end of the Fall 2020 semester. Some donors have set the cumulative GPA higher than the minimum 2.5 requirement for the scholarship opportunity they sponsor.
  • Students must have 12 units completed by the end of fall 2020. This does not mean for the fall term, but 12 units total from all terms of active enrollment.
  • Be a student in good standing with proof of continued enrollment and student success.
  • Submit a complete application, adhering carefully to all instructions. The essay submitted should be college level and checked for both spelling and grammatical errors. We expect to read an introduction, two to three supporting paragraphs and a conclusion.
  • Students must be actively enrolled at MJC fall 2020 and spring 2021 to apply!
  • Students must plan to enroll in 12 full time units fall 2021. MJC does have a few scholarships that are awarded at less than 12 units. (Students enrolled in the MJC RN Program and Respiratory Therapy Programs are exempt from the full time requirement)
  • Students must have a clear and defined major: a requirement for the essay portion of the application.
  • All students must have an active MJC email.  

The final deadline to apply and submit all supporting documentation will be January 31, 2021! Recommendations not received online by the deadline is the responsibility of the student and not the instructor/faculty member! Link to the online MJC Scholarship Application for fall 2021 - spring 2022 - mjc.awardspring.com For questions that are not answered by the information above or for clarification regarding the MJC Scholarship Program, please contact the MJC Scholarship Office at (209) 575-7715 or email: clarkme@yosemite.edu      


Veteran Services Mission Statement

The mission of the Modesto Junior College Veteran Services department is to assist in the transition process and provide opportunities for success to our United States Military Veterans. MJC Veteran Services directly provides support services and acts as a bridge to external support services for student Veterans, active military personnel, and their loved ones. 

Six Ways You Will Be Successful at MJC

MJC is committed to transforming lives! We do this through educational programs and services informed by the latest approaches to teaching and learning.  MJC is a dynamic, innovative environment meeting needs of the ever-changing populations of our regional community.

We invite you to join us in a partnership for your success!  Our role in the partnership is to thoughtfully and meaningfully integrate the RP Group research findings related to the Six Success Factors of Student Achievement.

  • Directed-students have a goal and know how to achieve it
  • Focused-students stay on track—keeping their eyes on the prize
  • Connected-students feel somebody wants and helps them to succeed
  • Engaged-students actively participate in class and extracurricular activities
  • Nurtured-students feel like they are part of the college community
  • Valued-students’ skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel their contributions are appreciated

Veteran Services Service Area Outcome (SAO)

Veteran and Dependent students will know about available resources and services specifically designed for Veteran and Dependent students at Modesto Junior College.

Veteran Services-Support Service Learning Outcome (SSLO)

  1. Veteran and Dependent students will be able to identify and understand educational benefits earned through military service.
  2. Veteran and Dependent students will understand degree requirements, as well as receive necessary referrals and interventions in order to improve retention, transfer, and graduation rates.
  3. Veteran and dependent students will understand terminology and community resources available through military service upon completion of meeting with Veteran Center staff.

Veteran Affairs- Principles of Excellence 

  • Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
  • Provide educational plans for all military and Veteran education beneficiaries.
  • End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
  • Accommodate Service members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
  • Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
  • Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
  • Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018

The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407) was signed into law on December 31, 2018. This law has five sections pertinent to the administration of Veterans' educational or training benefits with two of the provisions directly affecting schools. The first of these provisions will be implemented in August. 

Beginning on August 1, 2019, educational institutions must have a policy in place allowing G.I. Bill® and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) to attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. This allows a student to attend the course until VA provides payment to the institution. The educational institution must also have a policy to not impose a penalty, or require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from VA. Section 103 requires a State Approving Agency (SAA), or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when acting in the role of the SAA, to disapprove certain courses of education. VA can grant a waiver to these requirements. 

‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."