ALANA & Multicultural Scholarships 

We all know that education is expensive, even at a public college like MCLA. As a service to prospective students, this page highlights two of the many scholarships that MCLA offers. Please review the scholarships page to see all MCLA scholarships, as well as those offered by other organizations. Additionally, you may want to check out these financial aid resources, which may be beneficial to your financial planning for college. 

The Mitchell L. West Opportunity Scholarship

Honors Mitchell West, a respected member of MCLA's administrative staff for 17 years. Mitchell served as the Individual Enrichment Program (IEP) Outreach Counselor in Admissions and later as Coordinator of AHANA (African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) Student Programs and Services. In both of these positions, Mitch demonstrated his commitment to the College and to providing opportunities for students who might be less advantaged than their peers.

Selection Criteria - Junior or Senior who has earned a grade point average of 2.8 or better at the College. If there are no qualified applicants, students with a grade point average of 2.5 or better may be considered. The recipient must: be a full time student with sophomore or junior status at the College at the time of the application; benefit from financial support; and have made a positive contribution to the College and/or community. The student will be required to write an essay describing their commitment to promoting higher education as a pathway to success and their intention to pursue an advanced degree. Preference will be given to first generation students of color who work to serve the needs of their peers.

The Margaret Hart Scholarship

Honors the first student of color to graduate from State Teachers College at North Adams in 1935. Her distinguished career in teaching and community service spanned more than five decades. This award is in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the College and to Berkshire County.

Selection Criteria - Junior or Senior who demonstrates academic excellence and service to the community. Preference given to students of color, Berkshire County residents and students earning a GPA of 3.0 or better. In addition to the application you must provide a 500 word essay.