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Maine Student Financial Aid
There are 43,236 full time students in the 29 colleges and universities of Maine
Lemieux-Lovejoy Youth Scholarship - Awarded to female high school seniors or recent graduates, this $1200 scholarship requires enrollment for a minimum of one year. Applicants must show financial need, have two letters of recommendation, and provide a statement describing educational, personal, and career goals. Payment is made directly to the school.
Avangrid Scholarship -
Hagge Family Scholarship- Applicants majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) in the College of Science, Technology, and Health at the University of Southern Maine are eligible. Incoming or current students must plan to attend full-time and have a GPA of 3.0. They must also demonstrate academic promise and have a B average in science and math.
Maine Island Scholarship - This scholarship is available to residents of Maine's 15 unbridged island communities. Applicants attending a 2 or 4-year college can receive $250-$5000 annually.
Louis W. Cabot Academic and Community Leadership Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to one high school senior who is a year-round resident of one of Maine's unbridged islands. The applicant must exemplify both academic excellence and leadership. The award is for $2500 the first year and is able to be renewed for three more years depending on academics. The recipient must be known by teachers, peers, and the community as a leader in service to others. An essay is also required in the application.
Parkman Shaw Scholarship - This award is available to entering juniors or seniors in college who are also year-round island residents. The $10,000 scholarship will offer a junior $5000 with the option for renewal based on academic success and achievement. Considerations of recipients will include academic excellence, personal achievement, and the ability to overcome unique or difficult challenges. An essay is also required with the application.
Maine Island Sweet Scholarship - Year-round island residents who are graduating high school are eligible for this award. The applicant must show a combination of academic excellence and leadership. $2500 is awarded the first year and is renewable for three more years depending on academic success.
Seth Jordan Memorial Fund Scholarship - The last year-round island resident scholarship on the list is the Seth Jordan Memorial. This generous award goes to the top-ranked graduating high school senior in Casco Bay. The amount is a one-time award of $2500. The Island Institute has many scholarships available along with an internship.
USM President's Scholar - Applicants planning to attend the University of Southern Maine full-time are eligible. $4000-$12000 is paid annually to deserving recipients. Along with the application, the following must be submitted: SAT or ACT scores, high school transcript, an essay, and one letter of recommendation. Applicants must also demonstrate strong leadership skills. If received, a 2.75 GPA must be maintained.
USM Dirigo Scholar- Much like the above, applicants must plan to attend the University of Southern Maine full time. $2500-$10,000 is paid annually to deserving recipients. Applying requires submitting ACT or SAT scores, high school transcript, an essay, and a letter of recommendation. Applicants must also demonstrate strong leadership skills. Recipients must maintain a 2.75 GPA.
USM Scholar - The last of the highest available scholarships at the University of Southern Maine, this award, is for $1750-$8000 paid annually. Applying requires submitting ACT or SAT scores, high school transcript, an essay, and a letter of recommendation. Applicants must also demonstrate strong leadership skills. Recipients must maintain a 2.75 GPA.
Jack Eagleson Scholarship - The University of Southern Maine applicants with academic excellence and a background or interest in environmental safety and health are eligible. Applicants must be enrolled in the College of Science, Technology, and Health and attend full time. The $2000 award is renewable for an additional three years and is based on financial need.
USM Alumni Association Scholarship - This award is open to the University of Southern Maine or one of USM's predecessor's institutions (Gorham Normal School, Portland Junior College, Gorham State Teachers College, Gorham State College, University of Maine at Portland, and University of Maine at Portland-Gorham) Alumni's sons, grandsons, daughters, granddaughters, or spouses.
University of Maine Merit Scholarship Program - The University of Maine Scholarship Program is divided into sections with the first being the Maine National Merit Award going to a recipient who is a semi-finalist with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 100% of tuition and fees are paid with this award.
Applicants for the UMaine Presidential Scholarship must be academically at the very top of their class. This award pays $8000 annually.
University of Maine Art Scholarship -
University of Maine Music Performance Scholarship - University of Maine applicants demonstrating talent in music are eligible. This $3000 award is renewable each year for three more years as long as the renewal criteria is met. Applicants must be nominated by a music teacher or director or be observed by a Music Department, faculty member. Recipients must agree to participate each semester in an ensemble approved by the Chair of the Division of Music. Note that auditions are not required for the scholarship but are required to enroll in a music major.
University of Maine Theater Arts Scholarship - University of Maine applicants demonstrating talent in theater arts are eligible. This $3000 award is renewable each year for three more years as long as the renewal criteria is met. Applicants should email UMtheatrescholarship@maine.edu to express interest in the scholarship. Applicants may be nominated by a drama instructor or audition in person or via digital recording. Contact Kerry Davis, email@example.com for auditions instructions. Recipients must enroll as a theater major or as part of a double major. Recipients must also audition for all theater productions produced by the department.
University of Maine Dance Performance Scholarship - University of Maine applicants demonstrating talent in dance are eligible. This $3000 award is renewable each year for three more years as long as the renewal criteria is met.Applicants should contact Kerry Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org for audition instructions. Recipients must enroll as a dance minor and participate in at least one main stage dance concert each year and at least one dance ensemble.
Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship - Applicants must attend a two or four-year university and show a strong desire to complete the program. Considerations for a recipient include academic excellence, financial need, and a 300-word essay. The essay must describe a personal challenge regarding something the applicant believed in and persevered. It should also explain how the scholarship would help achieve their educational goals.
Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. Foundation Scholarship - Applicants under age 25 are eligible to apply. Amounts are at least $1000, and many have been $2000 in recent years. Applicants must be a full-time student at a 4-year non-profit university and have completed the first year. The applicant or one of the applicant's parents must have resided in Maine for at least four years. Requirements also include a transcript, a minimum 750-word essay answering one of two available questions on the current year's application form, and include a resume describing academic work, leadership, achievements, or work/volunteer experience.
Maine State Chamber of Commerce Scholarship - This $1500 award recognizes two Maine high school students planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college. One award goes to a high school senior pursuing an associate's degree in a technical program. The other award goes to a high school senior pursuing a bachelor's degree at a university. Preference is given to applicants seeking a business or education degree.
Maine Legislative Memorial Scholarship - Members of the Maine Legislature conduct fundraisers to provide scholarships to one student from each county in Maine. Applicants must plan to attend a 2 or 4-year degree-granting technical school or college in Maine that is accredited by the New England Associate of Schools and Colleges. They may attend full or part-time.
Considerations include academic excellence, contribution to the community, financial need, and letters of recommendation from someone familiar with the applicant's academic performance/extracurricular activities and someone with first-hand knowledge of the applicant's community service. An essay of 300 words or less explaining educational goals is also required.
The Mitchell Scholarship - $8500 More than 2400 Mitchell Scholars, alumni, and partners. They offer support throughout the recipient's college education and beyond. Considerations include academic excellence, strong leadership qualities, letters of recommendation, and financial need.
Daniel E. Lambert Memorial Scholarship - Applicants for this scholarship must submit letters of recommendation showing good character and demonstrating past behavior of belief in the American way of life. Consideration is based on financial need, and applicants must have a parent or a grandparent that is a veteran.
James V. Day Scholarship - Maine Legionnaire, living or deceased, descendants are eligible for this $500 award. The applicant must show good character and past behavior that shows belief in the American way of life. They must also file an application with the Maine Past Commanders Club, provide a letter of endorsement from high school, provide three letters of recommendation from people who have personally observed the applicant and can give opinions on character, industry, purposefulness, and general worthiness of the award. A narration of 300 words or less should also be provided. Consideration is also based on financial need.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Maine Section - The ASCE (Maine Section) provides a $2000 award to a recipient planning to study civil engineering. Applicants must submit their academic performance and a list of extracurricular activities. A statement of interest in civil engineering is also required.
AGC of Maine Education Foundation - Applicants must be entering or enrolled in an undergraduate, construction-related field of study. They must also meet reasonable academic standards, demonstrate financial need, include a recent transcript, and complete a 150-word essay on why they are considering a career in construction.
Albert "Pete" Gagne Memorial Scholarship - Applicants must be a graduating senior of Messalonskee or Cony High School, the child of a Gagne & Son Concrete Blocks employee, or the child of a member of Le Club Calumet.Considerations include academics and financial need. The amount varies, however, recent awards were in the amount of $1300.
Clyde Russell Scholarship Fund - This generous award of $10,000 is paid in two parts. One-half will be paid upon presenting the award, and the other half is given upon receipt of evidence showing successful completion of the first semester. Applicants must plan to attend a 4-year college. Requirements include a letter of intent explaining applicant's goals and objectives.
GCFM Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded to juniors and seniors who are not related to a GCFM Board Member. Applicants must major in one of the following fields of study: Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Conservation, Forestry, Botany, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Environmental Concerns, Ecology, Land Management or other garden fields. Applicants should submit a transcript, references, financial aid form, a personal letter, three letters of recommendation, and a list of extracurricular activities.
Mainely Character Scholarship - While most scholarships depend on academics, athletic ability, or talent; the Mainely Character Scholarship rewards Maine students who have demonstrated a continuing commitment to character and self-development.
State Golf Association (MSGA) Scholarship Fund - Applicants must show an active interest in golf including participating as a player, as a caddie, and/or employed by a golf course pro shop or maintenance crew. They must also be outstanding in character, integrity, and leadership as shown in participation in extracurricular activities and/or community service. The award is also based on financial need.
Maine Innkeepers Association Scholarship- This award is open to any Maine student (any age) pursuing a career in the lodging or food service field. Family members or employees of Lodging or Allied members pursuing a non-hospitality career are also eligible. Preference will be given to applicants who are employees or family members of active or allied member properties. The scholarship is issued jointly to the student and the college. Considerations include scholastic record, financial need, extracurricular activities, and a desire for a career in the hotel or food service industry.
The Russ Casey/Maine Restaurant Associates Scholarship Fund - Applicants planning to study culinary arts, restaurant, hotel, or hospitality management are eligible. Preference is given to those pursuing a career in food service. Three $1000 scholarships are awarded annually. Applicants may reapply each year they are in school. Considerations for Recipients include a review of the application, academic achievement, work experience, career interests, financial need, and relationship to the Maine Restaurant Association through family or employer.
OMNE/Nursing Leaders of Maine Scholarship - The nursing leaders of Maine provide a scholarship in the amount of $500 to one student attending a Maine nursing program. It is provided to nursing students obtaining a bachelor's degree or higher. A committee ranks and reviews applications based on academics and letters of recommendation.
NEWH | New England Chapter Scholarship - Amount: $2,500 - For currently enrolled college students attending an accredited college in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Massachusetts.. Applicant must have a career objective in of the areas of the Hospitality Industry (i.e. Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary/Foodservice, Architecture, Interior Design, etc.)
Geiger Scholarship - Amount: Up to $10,000 - For students in 6th grade or above who have Island residency on one of Maine’s 15 year-round, un-bridged islands. Middle school scholarships are for students attending off-island enrichment or travel programs, including summer camps. High school scholarships are for students attending a semester enrichment program or attending an off-island summer camp, travel, or enrichment program. College scholarships are for semester or summer study abroad programs. There is also a scholarship for students enrolled in a gap year program between high school and post-secondary education.
GCFM Scholarships - Scholarships are open to current college students who are legal residents of Maine and majoring in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Conservation, Forestry, Botany, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Environmental Concerns, Ecology, Land Management and other garden-related fields.
NEWWA Scholarships - Scholarship is open to incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students who reside in New England or attend a college/university in New England. Applicant must be majoring in civil engineering or environmental engineering and be a member of NEWWA.
Children and Youth Scholarships - Amount: $500 - Scholarship is open to residents of Maine who are graduating high school seniors or current college students. Applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need.
Daniel E. Lambert Memorial Scholarship - Amount: $1,000 - For incoming and current college students who are residents of Maine and have a parent or grandparent who is a veteran.
James V. Day Scholarship - Amount: $500 - For incoming and current college students who are residents of Maine. Applicant must have a parent or grandparent who is a member of the Maine American Legion.
Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship - Amount: Up to $18,000 - For entering and returning students at an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States. Applicant must be a resident of a New England state: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont.
Lamey Wellehan Maine Difference Scholarship - Amount: $1,000 - For Maine high school seniors who will graduate in the spring and who will enter a Maine college in the fall OR a graduate of a Maine high school in one of the four years preceding the current year who will be enrolled in a Maine college in the fall. Applicant studies should be on the ecology and economics of Maine.
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State Department of Education
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
Phone: (207) 624-6600
State Higher Education Agency
Finance Authority of Maine
P.O. Box 949
5 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04332-0949
Phone: (207) 623-3263
Toll-Free: (800) 228-3734
Special Education Agency
Office of Special Services
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
Phone: (207) 624-6676
State Adult Education Agency
State Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
Phone: (207) 624-6755
Maine Scholarships, Financial Aid and Education Resource
Bates College Lewiston, Maine
Bowdoin College Brunswick, Maine
Central Maine Community College Auburn, Maine
Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions Lewiston, Maine
Colby College Waterville, Maine
College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, Maine
Eastern Maine Community College Bangor, Maine
Husson University Bangor, Maine
Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield, Maine
Landing School of Boat Building and Design Arundel, Maine
Maine College of Art Portland, Maine
Maine Maritime Academy Castine, Maine
New England School of Communications Bangor, Maine
Northern Maine Community College Presque Isle, Maine
Purdue Global Maine Campus S Portland, Maine
Saint Joseph's College of Maine Standish, Maine
Southern Maine Community College South Portland, Maine
Thomas College Waterville, Maine
Unity College Unity, Maine
University of Maine Orono, Maine
University of Maine at Augusta Augusta, Maine
University of Maine at Farmington Farmington, Maine
University of Maine at Fort Kent Fort Kent, Maine
University of Maine at Machias Machias, Maine
University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle, Maine
University of New England Biddeford, Maine
University of Southern Maine Portland, Maine
Washington County Community College Calais, Maine
York County Community College Wells, Maine