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Top 65 Maine Scholarships in February 2024

Written by Kayla Korzekwinski

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Updated: February 29th, 2024

When you think about Maine, you probably think of lobster. But, did you know that Maine offers a vast range of scholarship opportunities? Residents of Maine have access to many scholarships for different programs and areas of study. Continue reading to learn more about Maine scholarships and resources!

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Maine State Grant Program

Offered by Finance Authority of Maine

Multiple awards worth up to $2,500
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Finance Authority of Maine

Are you a Maine resident enrolled at least half-time at a Maine public or private university, college, or technical school that administers federal financial aid?…Show More

Are you a Maine resident enrolled at least half-time at a Maine public or private university, college, or technical school that administers federal financial aid?…Show More

Are you a Maine resident enrolled at least half-time at a Maine public or private university, college, or technical school that administers federal financial aid? If so, you may be eligible for the Maine State Grant Program! Each year, the program awards up to $2,500 to Maine undergraduate students, with applicants enrolled in more credits being eligible to earn more scholarship money. While the program tends to be limited to Maine residents enrolled in an in-state program, those attending school in another state may qualify if they are enrolled in NEBHE’s Tuition Break Program or the New England Regional Student Program. To be considered for the program, interested students must simply complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $2,500
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

The Jackson Laboratory College Scholarship Program

Offered by The Jackson Laboratory

3 awards worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by The Jackson Laboratory

The Jackson Laboratory College Scholarship Program seeks aspiring biomedicine professionals from underserved backgrounds in Connecticut, Maine, and Sacramento County, California. The Jackson Laboratory's mission is…Show More

The Jackson Laboratory College Scholarship Program seeks aspiring biomedicine professionals from underserved backgrounds in Connecticut, Maine, and Sacramento County, California. The Jackson Laboratory's mission is…Show More

The Jackson Laboratory College Scholarship Program seeks aspiring biomedicine professionals from underserved backgrounds in Connecticut, Maine, and Sacramento County, California. The Jackson Laboratory's mission is to find genomic solutions for disease, and these scholarships will be given to students who share this goal by pursuing a career in research or medicine. To be eligible, applicants must also have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and demonstrate either significant financial need or status as a first-generation college student. They must also be nominated by a teacher, administrator, or guidance counselor. If you're an aspiring biomedicine professional from Connecticut, Maine, or Sacramento County, California, and you demonstrate financial need or are a first-generation college student, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

3 awards worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the class of 2025 and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Barowsky Scholars Program

Offered by The Philanthropic Initiative

Multiple awards worth $5,000 - $25,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by The Philanthropic Initiative

Are you a high school senior or graduate from Maine who will be enrolling as a first-year student in a four-year degree program at an…Show More

Are you a high school senior or graduate from Maine who will be enrolling as a first-year student in a four-year degree program at an…Show More

Are you a high school senior or graduate from Maine who will be enrolling as a first-year student in a four-year degree program at an accredited, private or public college or university in the U.S. for the upcoming school year? If so, you may be eligible for the Barowsky Scholars Program! Each year, the scholarship awards between $5,000 and $25,000 to multiple eligible students who are motivated to excel in college and make a difference in their community, and in society overall. Applicants must also plan to (1) live on campus and (2) complete one Economics course and two of the following courses prior to completing college: Accounting, Finance, History or Psychology. If you're a Maine resident and incoming undergraduate student, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $5,000 - $25,000
Deadline Mar 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

ACONE Pilot Training Scholarships

Offered by Aero Club of New England

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $4,500
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Aero Club of New England

Are you at least 16 years old, reside in New England, and intend to pursue a professional aviation career? If so, consider applying for the…Show More

Are you at least 16 years old, reside in New England, and intend to pursue a professional aviation career? If so, consider applying for the…Show More

Are you at least 16 years old, reside in New England, and intend to pursue a professional aviation career? If so, consider applying for the ACONE Pilot Training Scholarships! The scholarships are open to New England residents aged 16+ with at least 100 hours of flight time who plan to pursue a professional aviation career. Applicants should also hold a current Airman Certificate and Medical Certificate.  The scholarships are offered by the Aero Club of New England (ACONE). They provide aviation safety seminars, scholarships for flight training, and flight training itself with those passionate about flight. ACONE’s 15 scholarships offer students advanced, instrument, and primary training to provide support and encourage their careers within aviation. Recipients earn up to $4,500 to fund their flight training program. If you are passionate about an aviation career and reside in New England, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $4,500
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

ACONE Aircraft Maintenance Scholarships

Offered by Aero Club of New England

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Aero Club of New England

The ACONE Aircraft Maintenance Scholarships annually award between $1,000 and $5,000 to post-secondary students who intend to pursue a career in aviation maintenance and will…Show More

The ACONE Aircraft Maintenance Scholarships annually award between $1,000 and $5,000 to post-secondary students who intend to pursue a career in aviation maintenance and will…Show More

The ACONE Aircraft Maintenance Scholarships annually award between $1,000 and $5,000 to post-secondary students who intend to pursue a career in aviation maintenance and will start training at an FAA FAR Part 147-compliant school in New England. Applicants must also be at least 16 years old, be a resident of a New England state in the U.S., and demonstrate financial need. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $1,000 - $5,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

ACONE Aviation Management Scholarships

Offered by Aero Club of New England

1 award worth $3,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students

Offered by Aero Club of New England

The ACONE Aviation Management Scholarships annually awards $3,000 to students pursuing a career in aviation maintenance who are at least 16 years old and a…Show More

The ACONE Aviation Management Scholarships annually awards $3,000 to students pursuing a career in aviation maintenance who are at least 16 years old and a…Show More

The ACONE Aviation Management Scholarships annually awards $3,000 to students pursuing a career in aviation maintenance who are at least 16 years old and a resident of a New England state in the U.S. Applicants will be judged based on their financial need, ability to meet the planned aviation goals as shown by recommendations and academic records, and aviation activities (flying, model building, science projects, aviation employment, and the like) as described in the personal letter and recommendations. If you're from New England and have a passion for aviation maintenance, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $3,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level College & Graduate Students
Get Started

PROSPER Scholarship

Offered by ProsperityME

Multiple awards worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by ProsperityME

Are you an asylum seeker/immigrant to the U.S. who now resides in Maine and is or will soon be attending a college or university in…Show More

Are you an asylum seeker/immigrant to the U.S. who now resides in Maine and is or will soon be attending a college or university in…Show More

Are you an asylum seeker/immigrant to the U.S. who now resides in Maine and is or will soon be attending a college or university in the state? If so, you may be eligible for the PROSPER Scholarship! Each year, the scholarhip awards $10,000 to multiple Aslyum seekers living in and attending a post-secondary institution in Maine. To be eligible, applicants must also hold a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need and FAFSA ineligibility. If you're an asylum seeker to the U.S. who is now attending an institution of higher education and restarting your life in Maine, we wish you the best and encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship

Offered by MES Foundation

10 awards worth $5,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by MES Foundation

The Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship annually grants $5,000 each to ten Maine residents who will be entering their first year of post-secondary education. These…Show More

The Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship annually grants $5,000 each to ten Maine residents who will be entering their first year of post-secondary education. These…Show More

The Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship annually grants $5,000 each to ten Maine residents who will be entering their first year of post-secondary education. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years, meaning that recipients can earn up to $20,000 over the course of a four-year degree. To apply, interested students must submit two letters of recommendation along with their application. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

10 awards worth $5,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship

Offered by New England Water Works Association

1 award worth up to $5,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by New England Water Works Association

The George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to a student enrolled in a civil engineering program at a 4-year college or university.…Show More

The George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to a student enrolled in a civil engineering program at a 4-year college or university.…Show More

The George E. Watters Memorial Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to a student enrolled in a civil engineering program at a 4-year college or university. To be eligible, applicants must be attending or have been accepted into an appropriate college/university program at the undergraduate or graduate level and be from or attending school in New England. If you're a current or incoming post-secondary student who is from or will be attending an institution in New England, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth up to $5,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Mar 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Francis X. Crowley Scholarship

Offered by New England Water Works Association

1 award worth $3,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by New England Water Works Association

The Francis X. Crowley Scholarship annually awards $3,000 to a student enrolled in a civil or environmental engineering program or a business management program at…Show More

The Francis X. Crowley Scholarship annually awards $3,000 to a student enrolled in a civil or environmental engineering program or a business management program at…Show More

The Francis X. Crowley Scholarship annually awards $3,000 to a student enrolled in a civil or environmental engineering program or a business management program at a 4-year college or university. To be eligible, applicants must be attending or have been accepted into an appropriate college/university program at the undergraduate or graduate level and be from or attending school in New England. If you’re a current or incoming post-secondary student who is from or will be attending an institution in New England, and you have a passion for civil/environmental engineering or business management, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $3,000
Deadline Apr 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

Jeanne L. Hammond Memorial Scholarship

Offered by Futurama Foundation

1 award worth $2,500
Deadline Apr 13, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen

Offered by Futurama Foundation

Are you a female resident of Maine in your second or third year of an undergraduate program? If so, you may be eligible for the…Show More

Are you a female resident of Maine in your second or third year of an undergraduate program? If so, you may be eligible for the…Show More

Are you a female resident of Maine in your second or third year of an undergraduate program? If so, you may be eligible for the Jeanne L. Hammond Memorial Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 to one such Maine resident who demonstrates financial need and is enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate program. Primary consideration will be given to those with dedicated school and/or community involvement. Secondary preference will be given to those women seeking a journalism degree, BPW/Maine members or former members and their female dependents, and American Association of University Women members or their female dependents. If you're a female resident of Maine now attending an undergraduate program, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $2,500
Deadline Apr 13, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Lemieux-Lovejoy Youth Scholarship

Offered by Futurama Foundation

1 award worth $2,500
Deadline Apr 13, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Futurama Foundation

Are you a female resident of Maine who will graduate or has graduated from high school and who will enroll as a freshman in an…Show More

Are you a female resident of Maine who will graduate or has graduated from high school and who will enroll as a freshman in an…Show More

Are you a female resident of Maine who will graduate or has graduated from high school and who will enroll as a freshman in an accredited college or post-secondary education this year? If so, you may be eligible for the Lemieux-Lovejoy Youth Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 to one such Maine resident who demonstrates financial need. This scholarship was named in honor of Rachel E. Lemieux and Arline Andrews Lovejoy. Rachel was a member of the Augusta BPW who helped to establish and serve on the original Futurama Craft Fair Committee which started the funding of Futurama scholarships. Lovejoy, on the other hand, was a member of the Winthrop BPW who served the BPW/Maine Federation on both the Futurama and Scholarship Committees. If you're a female resident of Maine who will soon be enrolled in an undergraduate program, and you wish to honor Rachel and Arline's legacies, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $2,500
Deadline Apr 13, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started
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How to win Maine scholarships

Maine is known as “Vacationland” because every day spent there is like a vacation! From the green pine trees to the blue Atlantic Ocean, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Maine. 

In order to win Maine scholarships, you will need to respond to specific scholarship essays about your passions and goals. While responding to these essay prompts, you should be connecting back to Maine as a state and how it has helped you to realize and reach your goals. 

For example, perhaps you enjoy fishing at the local lake which inspired you to study wildlife conservation in college. Or perhaps you love to go hiking in Acadia National Park which has led you to think about becoming a park ranger. 

Whatever your passion is, be sure to connect it back to Maine! Doing so, will reveal how much Maine means to you and demonstrate that you are a great candidate for a Maine scholarship. 

Writing resources for writing Maine scholarship essays

Many Maine scholarships may require you to write an essay about yourself which can range anywhere from a 250 word essay to a 500 word essay. Therefore, read over our Scholarships360 guide to finding and winning scholarships. Additionally, check out how to start and how to end a scholarship essay to ensure your scholarship essay will be perfect from beginning to end! 

Maine student debt snapshot

According to the Department of Education, in total, Maine residents owe $6.2 billion in federal student loan debt. Student borrowers owe an average of $33,137 each (those numbers do not include private loans). Around 55.5% of loan borrowers are under the age of 35. As you are starting your higher education journey, remember that scholarships allow students to take fewer loans. Make sure that you apply to as many scholarships as you qualify for! Keep on reading to learn more about merit scholarships at Maine universities!

Merit scholarships at Maine colleges and universities

University of Maine

  • Eligibility: First year UMaine applicants who demonstrate high academic performance
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Admission to the University of Maine

University of Maine at Augusta

  • Eligibility: First year students who have completed the FAFSA and have a strong academic application
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Admission to the University of Maine at Augusta

University of Southern Maine

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen who have high academic achievement and demonstrate leadership skills
  • Amount: $1,000 up to $11,000
  • Deadline: Admission to the University of Southern Maine

Husson University

  • Eligibility: Undergraduate freshmen who have a strong admission record
  • Amount: $500 up to $6,500
  • Deadline: January 1

College of the Atlantic

  • Eligibility: Incoming freshmen based on academic achievement and citizenship qualities 
  • Amount: Up to $15,000
  • Deadline: Admission to the College of the Atlantic

Maine Maritime Academy

  • Eligibility: First year students who have competitive testing scores 
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Admission to the Maine Maritime Academy

Consider in-state tuition and tuition reciprocity 

In-state tuition allows residents of a state to receive cheaper tuition for a college or university in their state. Additionally, many universities and colleges reserve scholarships and financial aid for in-state students, which helps reduce the cost of attending college for those who live there.

Here are a few well-known Maine universities and their in-state vs out-of-state tuition costs:

University of Maine

  • In-state tuition: $12,000
  • Out-of-state tuition: $34,740

University of Southern Maine

  • In-state tuition: $8,910
  • Out-of-state tuition: $26,250

How do you get in-state tuition?

Having Maine residency status can greatly reduce the cost of tuition. In order to gain Maine residency for tuition purposes, you will need to live in Maine for one year prior to enrolling to a campus for purposes other than education. Additionally, you will need to establish a domicile which could include obtaining a Maine driver’s license, employment in Maine, or registering your vehicle in Maine. Maine institutions may have slightly different requirements for establishing residency. Therefore, make sure you are reaching out to your intended Maine institution to ensure you are meeting all necessary requirements to obtain in-state tuition status.

Does Maine offer tuition reciprocity? 

Yes, Maine has a tuition reciprocity agreement between Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Through this agreement, eligible students are charged a tuition rate that is significantly less than the regular out-of-state tuition rate. Be sure to double check if you are eligible to participate in this agreement and which institutions are available for you to study at. 

Maine scholarship spotlight

Clyde Russell Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Maine residents attending either a 4 year college or a Maine community college
  • Amount: $10,000 for a 4-year college and $2,000 for a Maine community college
  • Deadline: February 1

Maine Island Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Residents of Maine’s fifteen year-round unbridged island communities who are currently enrolled in or have graduated from the highest grade level available at their island school. (Chebeague, Cliff, Great Diamond, Long, Peaks, Frenchboro, Great Cranberry, Islesford, Swan’s, Isle au Haut, Islesboro, Matinicus, Monhegan, North Haven, Vinalhaven.) 
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: End of February

A Leigh Phillips Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Graduating high school senior with an identified disability with special consideration given to applicants with exceptional achievement in extra-curriculars, core-curriculars, volunteerism, academics, and/or leadership.
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: Early March

Mainely Character

  • Eligibility: Maine resident graduating from a Maine high school who demonstrates concern. Responsibility, integrity and courage
  • Amount: $2,500 up to $5,000
  • Deadline: March 1

PROSPER Scholarship

  • Eligibility: For immigrant/asylum-seeking students who live in the state of Maine with a 2.5+ GPA
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: March 1

Barowsky Scholars

  • Eligibility: Students residing in the state of Maine who are planning to complete an economics course plus either an accounting, finance, history or psychology course
  • Amount: $5,000 up to $25,000
  • Deadline: March 15

The Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Maine resident entering their first year of post-secondary education who demonstrates academic excellence and contributions to school, community and/or work environment.
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: April 1

Jeanne L. Hammond Memorial Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Women who are residents of Maine and are pursuing an undergraduate degree or certification on at least a half time basis. 
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: Mid-April

Lemieux-Lovejoy Youth Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Women who are residents of Maine who will enroll as a first-year in an accredited college or post-secondary education who demonstrate financial need 
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Deadline: Mid-April

Adult Learner Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Scholarship for nontraditional students in Maine
  • Amount: Short term: $1,500; Long term: $1,500 up to $5,000
  • Short term deadline: Rolling
  • Long term deadline: June 15 and November 15

Additional Maine resources

Maine Community Foundation scholarships

The Maine Community Foundation offers several additional scholarships that can be applied for online with an account.

Maine Department of Education

The Maine Department of Education has an abundance of resources for higher education pursuit in Maine. Make sure to bookmark this website to help you during your college search! 

Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) scholarship database

Finance Authority of Maine has an extensive list of Maine scholarships that can be searched with filters. Be sure to apply to any scholarships that you fit the eligibility criteria for! 

FAFSA guide

On October 1st of every year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens nationwide. Maine students should complete the FAFSA to be eligible for federal student aid as well as some scholarships.

Frequently asked questions about Maine scholarships

What GPA do I need in order to win Maine scholarships?

Typically, scholarships require a 3.0+ GPA in order to win. However, every scholarship is different and has different requirements. Therefore double check the eligibility requirements of a scholarship to determine if your GPA falls into the necessary range to win the scholarship.

What type of scholarships does Maine offer?

Maine offers a lot of different types of scholarships for both Maine residents and out-of-state students. These scholarships may include need-based scholarships, merit-based scholarships, and scholarships specific to a certain demographic.

Do I need to be a Maine resident to receive Maine scholarships?

Not necessarily! Many Maine scholarships require applicants to be residents; however, there are also many scholarships that are open to non-Maine residents. Ultimately, make sure you are researching scholarships that you fit the eligibility criteria for!

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