The Legacy Scholars Program
Invest in Yourself, Your Community, Your World
- Graduate from a high school in Midland County with at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 point scale)
- Complete 40 hours of volunteer community service through the mssconnections.org website
- Complete a COLLEGE application
- Complete a FAFSA application
- Complete a Legacy Scholars Program application
- Deadline to apply for Legacy: April 5th, 2022
- Deadline for all documentation (ex.: volunteer service, FAFSA, etc.): June 1st, 2022
These steps can be completed in any order, but it is ideal to complete your ApplyTexas and FAFSA applications before completing the Legacy application. We recommend starting to accumulate your volunteer hours as early as possible to ensure that you have completed them by the deadline.
Your application for the Legacy Scholars Program will be considered complete when all of the following are true:
- We have received your application for the Legacy Scholars Program.
- We have evidence that you are a recent high school (or home school) graduate with
a final GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
Typically, we receive all GPAs and transcripts directly from your high school, but we may need to ask you to provide us with an official copy.
- We have received your FAFSA application report from the FAFSA system.
Once you complete the FAFSA, Midland College will receive a copy of this report automatically. We cannot accept a copy or screenshot from you. It must come directly from the FAFSA system. See Common Questions below for additional information.
- We have received evidence of your 40 hours of volunteer community service through the mssconnections.org website.
- Financial Assistance
Participating in the Legacy Scholars Program will pay all tuition and course-related fees.
- Success Coaching
You will be assigned a Success Coach who will remain your coach for up to two years. This is a caring faculty member who has been trained to help you advocate for yourself, keep yourself on track, and make sure you finish your program at Midland College as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- Leadership Training
Exposure to leadership principles to prepare you to take charge, think strategically, grow your network, and motivate others.
- Philanthropic Development
Your understanding of nonprofits and charitable organizations will grow as you cultivate your understanding of being intentional about using your time, money, and energy to impact the wellness of your community.
- What does Legacy cover?
Legacy pays all tuition costs (and any course-related fees) for 1 year (Fall and the following Spring). You may re-apply for a second year of Legacy.
- What do I do if I have submitted the FAFSA but Midland College has no record of my
It happens sometimes that there is an error on either the FAFSA or the ApplyTexas forms which is causing a delay in Midland College receiving the FAFSA. If you feel that this is the case, please contact a Financial Aid advisor. They can help you diagnose the problem so that we can move forward.
- I’m in the 11th grade… can I start my community service volunteer hours?
Yes! You can start your volunteer hour as early as the 10th grade. Please note that you must volunteer with specific, Legacy-Approved agencies in order for your hours to be legitimate Legacy Hours.
- I hear it’s now “need based” – what if my parents make too much money?
There are NO set income restrictions for Legacy!
When applying to college, students complete a FAFSA. This is a Federal form that will calculate a student’s “Expected Family Contribution” (EFC). This is the amount of money that the Federal Government determines that the household can afford for one year of college for that student (it is based on many factors like income, number of dependents in college, assets, tax bracket, etc.). This Expected Family Contribution is an important number. If a student’s EFC is very low (between $0 and $5,846) they will qualify for Pell Grant money.
Our eligibility requirements state that if a student’s EFC indicates that their household can afford at least $100,000 to send their student to college for one year, then they are not eligible for Legacy. This is very uncommon and only a handful of applicants fall into this category.