MEDA Scholars to date.

$1.59 million

in scholarships awarded.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Be a US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident.
  • Be a permanent resident of Mission, Texas.
  • Must have earned 6 credit hours at South Texas College prior to applying (including dual enrollment credits) and have a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Must enroll at least 6 credit hours at South Texas College.
  • Advised to complete the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


  • Complete Application.
  • Attach Personal Statement.
  • Copy of Permanent Resident Card (legal permanent residents only).
  • Proof of city of Mission residency.

Application Instructions

  1. Read all directions and questions carefully.
  2. Type or print legibly.
  3. Ensure that your application packet is complete using the checklist.

Section 1- Include your primary email address; correspondence will be sent via email. Include both your permanent and physical address.
Section 2- Personal Statement.
Section 3- Proof of residence in the city of Mission, TX. 
Section 4- Certification and Release Form.
Section 5- Your signature certifies that you have read the Certification and Release portion of the application and understand/accept all conditions.

Submit all required application materials before the July 31 deadline.

Renewal Requirements

  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA each semester.
  • Enroll in at least two semesters each year.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per year.
  • Remain in Good Standing with STC with respect to financial, academic, disciplinary, and honor code matters.
  • Maintain residence within the city limits of the city of Mission.


How are scholarship recipients selected?
All applications are reviewed to ensure that applicant meets the minimum scholarship criteria and are complete. These applications are then reviewed by a scholarship committee which may select students based on, but not limited to GPA, graduation date, and/or personal statement.

How will I know if I have been selected/awarded?
Selected applicants will be able to view their award posted on their JagNet account by mid to late August. Because of the high volume of applicants, South Texas College will not send regret notifications to non-selected applicants.

How will South Texas College communicate with me?
South Texas College will communicate via email and/or mail. In addition, students are advised to check their JagNet account to review their award if selected. It is important that you regularly check for correspondence during and after the processing/selection period.

Do I have to qualify for financial aid to receive this scholarship?
Although South Texas College may impose a "need" standard of evaluation if it deems appropriate, financial need will not be a requirement to award this scholarship. All applicants are advised to submit the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

What are the renewal requirements for the scholarship?
Please see the "Renewal Requirements" tab.

What can I provide as proof of residency within the City of Mission?
You may provide a document no more than 2 years old which shows your name and residential address. Proof of residency must be a non-STC document. Examples include:

  • Utility or phone bill
  • Voter registration card
  • High School transcript
  • Selective Service Registration Card
  • W-2 form or Income Tax Return
  • Auto/medical insurance card

Scholarship committee will determine whether the address falls within the city limits of Mission.

Do I have to submit my application in person?
You have several options for submitting your application:

  • Mail: South Texas College, Attn: Financial Aid, 3201 W Pecan Blvd, McAllen, TX 78501
  • Fax: 956-872-6461
  • Email: to Lorena Martinez at   lmart206@southtexascollege.edu 

If you submit your application through any of these methods, be sure to keep copies of all application materials and proof of your submission.

If selected, how much can I receive?
Your scholarship award is determined by your enrollment:

  • 12+ Credit Hours - $800
  • 9-11 Credit Hours - $600
  • 6-8 Credit Hours - $400

Do my dual enrollment hours count towards the 6 credit hour requirement?
Yes, if you have earned at least 6 credit hours through the South Texas College dual enrollment program, these credits may be used to satisfy the 6 credit hour requirement.

What Our Scholars Say

I am a student who has already earned a bachelor’s degree from another college, so my financial aid resources that helped me through college the first time weren’t available to me…the MEDA scholarship provided me help and reduced the amount of school loans I’d have to take out.

- Julio Garcia, STC Graduate

I unconditionally thank this organization for giving me a chance to continue studying what I enjoy and for bringing me closer to my educational goals.

- Blanca Gonzalez, STC Graduate

Obtaining my bachelor's degree was a long-term goal I achieved with the financial help granted to me by the MEDA Scholarship.

- Jessica Rodriguez, STC Graduate

MEDA scholarship came at a good time for me and provided me with a big relief. I for one am extremely grateful that they helped me.

- Reymundo Ortiz, Veteran and STC Graduate

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