Scholarships Available Statewide

Adult College Completion Fund

The Adult College Completion Fund was established to provide tuition assistance to Maine adults pursuing a degree or certificate at an accredited post-secondary institution. The fund currently supports students who complete the Student Success Academies at Eastern Maine Community College and Washington County Community College. There is not an application for this scholarship. The recipients will be chosen annually by the community colleges from the pool of eligible students.
Contact: Next Generation Foundation

Altrusa - Clara L. Swan Scholarship Fund

The Altrusa - Clara L. Swan Scholarship Fund is to be distributed to Husson University to provide scholarship assistance to a student pursuing a post secondary education
Contact: Husson University financial aid office

Churchill Family Music Scholarship Fund

The Churchill Family Music Scholarship Fund was established by members of the Musica de Filia Girl choir and Jaye Churchill in honor of Luther and Priscilla Churchill with whom they generously shared their musical talents and friendship. This fund supports students enrolled at USM in pursuit of a college degree in vocal music education or performance.
Contact: Alan Kaschub, director, USM School of Music

Ella R. Ifill Fund

Mrs. Ifill was a teacher for 33 years. Education was very important to her, and her dream was to establish a scholarship fund to benefit Rainbow Girls in Maine. Mrs. Ifill began her service in Rainbow as a Mother Advisor of South Portland and Hampden Rainbow Assemblies. She then served the Grand Assembly of Maine, International Order of the Rainbow for Girls as State Dean of the Grand Cross of Color for 19 years. At her retirement, she was given the title of State Dean Emeritus. The Ella R. Ifill Fund provides scholarship support to eligible members of the International Order of the Rainbow Girls in Maine to pursue post-secondary education.
Contact: International Order of Rainbow Girls in Maine

Futurama Foundation Scholarship Fund

Maine Community Foundation partners with the BPW/Maine Futurama Foundation to make a number of scholarship opportunities available to female residents of Maine who are pursuing post-secondary education. Please contact BPW/Maine Futurama Foundation for information about these opportunities.
Contact: BPW/Maine Futureama Foundation

Gary Merrill Memorial Fund

The Gary Merrill Memorial Fund was established in 1990 by Gary’s family and friends to commemorate his life. Gary was a distinguished stage and screen actor who appeared in many roles in the 1950’s – 70’s. More important to Gary than his acting career was the pursuit of social justice to which he was passionately committed. Gary attended Bowdoin College and lived most of his life in Maine, loving the sea that gave him energy. This scholarship is intended for those who share Gary’s ideals and commitments. The fund supports Bowdoin undergraduates demonstrating financial need with preference given to Government majors who have distinguished themselves in their studies.
Contact: Department of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College

GFWC - GFWC Maine Maude MacKenzie Scholarship Fund

The GFWC - GFWC Maine Maude MacKenzie Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarship support to Maine residents who are pursuing post-secondary degrees. This scholarship was made possible through a bequest made by Maude MacKenzie of Orono, past President of the GFWC of Maine. Mrs. MacKenzie was active in many local and state projects in her lifetime and had a special interest in the education of our youth.
Contact and to apply: General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Maine

Guy P. Gannett Scholarship Fund

The Guy P. Gannett Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 by the Guy P. Gannett Foundation to provide renewable support for students majoring in journalism or a field reasonably related, including all forms of print, broadcast or electronic media. Recipients must be graduates of Maine high schools or home-schooled in a Maine community during their last year of secondary education. Students will be chosen based on demonstrated interest in journalism, financial need and academic achievement. The Guy P. Gannett Scholarship recognizes students who will become journalists. Their dedication to this profession is evident in their choice of coursework and extracurricular activities. Recipients are encouraged to apply for renewal consideration throughout their post-secondary and graduate education. As recipients progress through school, the Selection Committee expects to see a significant increase in demonstrated intent to pursue a career in journalism.
The deadline for this scholarship has passed. Please take a look throughout our website for other scholarship opportunities.

Island Institute Maine Island Scholarship Program

Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, all new and renewal applications for the Maine Island Scholarship Program will be handled directly by the Island Institute. Please visit its website for all the details.

James and Marilyn Rockefeller Transition Scholarship Fund

The James and Marilyn Rockefeller Scholarship Fund supports Maine residents over the age of 18 who, by circumstance or design, are on a “road less traveled” and are seeking educational experiences that will change their life and the lives of people around them, beginning with a completion of a College Transitions program. These applicants will demonstrate a determination to succeed, are serious about learning and have a plan (academic and financial) to achieve their goal. Eligible applicants will:

  • Have completed a College Transitions program run through one of the state’s adult education programs and be undertaking a post-secondary educational opportunity;
  • Be a non-traditional student as defined below;
  • Demonstrate a passion for learning, whether in a traditional classroom setting or in a less structured environment;
  • Demonstrate uncommon tenacity, focus, hope and humor by sharing a portion of their life story;
  • Explain their goal;
  • Explain their plan (academic and financial) to achieve the goal;
  • Demonstrate a long-term commitment to Maine and involvement in its communities.

Definition of a non-traditional student: Students need to meet at least one of the following criteria: be over the age of 25; have delayed enrollment in college after high school for a reason other than a gap year (such as Americorps participation); attend college part-time; work full-time (35 hours/week or more) while being enrolled; have dependents other than a spouse; be financially independent from parents; or did not receive a standard high school diploma (completed with a GED or certificate of completion).

The fund supports post-secondary education in its broadest interpretation, which includes enrollment in traditional two- and four-year colleges and universities, but could also apply to certificate programs, professional training opportunities, and self-directed learning experiences. Maine College Transitions programs are through Maine Adult Education. If you would like to learn more about College Transitions, please visit its website. If you are an existing traditional Rockefeller recipient applying for renewal, please see the instructions on our renewals page.
Contact: Maine Community Foundation or your local College Transitions Program
To Apply: Download Application
Renewal Students: Download Application
Application Deadline: June 1, December 1

Jerome Peters Family Fund

The Jerome Peters Family Fund provides a scholarship in the memory of Michael K. Peters to a Maine resident who is a second, third or fourth year student at Bentley College. Preference is given to residents of Aroostook County.
Contact: Bentley College office of financial aid

Joseph W. Mayo ALS Scholarship Fund

In 2000, while serving as Clerk of the House, Mr. Mayo was stricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Friends of Joe Mayo have established this scholarship to recognize his contributions as a father, friend and public servant. This scholarship was established to assist men and women who are children, step-children, grandchildren, spouses, domestic partners or the primary care givers of ALS patients. The Joseph W. Mayo ALS Scholarship is awarded annually to a student (or students) who are attending a post-secondary educational institution, including both four-year colleges and two-year associate programs. The recipient must be a graduate of a Maine high school or GED program.
The deadline for this scholarship has passed. Please take a look throughout our website for other scholarship opportunities.

Keepers Preservation Education Fund

The Keepers Preservation Education Fund was established to support aspiring or established historic preservation professionals who wish to increase their professional knowledge or career potential. Scholarships may be used for tuition, professional meeting attendance, special book or other types of media purchases, domestic and foreign study travel, and other purposes as deemed appropriate. Eligibility is not limited to Maine residents. Applicants may be from anywhere in the United States. Awards are not retroactive.
Contact: Maine Community Foundation. More information on the Keepers Preservation Fund can be found here.
Application Deadline: Rolling

Mainebiz Next List Alumni Scholarship Fund

Mainebiz Next List Alumni Scholarship Fund was established in 2009 to provide support to a student to provide support to a student at the University of Maine at Orono or the University of Southern Maine who is a resident of Maine in his his/her third or fourth year pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  There is a preference for students who have transferred from the Maine Community College System.
Contact: UM and USM financial aid offices

Maine Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Fund

The Maine Vietnam Veterans Scholarship Fund, founded in 1985, provides scholarship support to Maine veterans of the United States Armed Services who served in the Vietnam Theater and their descendants. As a second priority, the scholarship may be awarded to children of veterans of the United States Armed Services.
The deadline for this scholarship has passed. Please take a look throughout our website for other scholarship opportunities.

Malaga 1912 Scholarship Fund

In 1912, Maine Gov. Frederick Plaisted oversaw the eviction and destruction of a mixed-race community on Malaga Island, a 42-acre island in Phippsburg, Maine. About 40 people were removed from the island, houses were moved and burned, the cemetery was exhumed, and eight residents were committed to the Maine School for the Feeble Minded. In 2010, the Maine State House passed a joint resolution that expressed regret for the action. Later that year, Gov. John Baldacci spoke at a gathering of descendents and apologized for the eviction. In 2012, at the opening of the Maine State Museum’s “Malaga Island: Fragmented Lives” exhibit, Gov. Paul LePage apologized to descendents and promised to open a scholarship fund to support descendents. The funding for that scholarship was awarded by the state in 2014 and the fund began making awards in 2015. The fund is intended to pay out over five years and will likely end in the year 2020.
To Apply: Malaga 1912 page
Deadline: Quarterly: March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15. Recipients will be notified within 45 days of the deadline

Margaret's Fund

Margaret’s Fund was established at the University of Maine at Augusta to provide scholarship assistance to an adult learner.
Contact: University of Maine at Augusta

Patriot Education Scholarship Fund

In 2007, Patriot Mutual Holding Company merged into Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Company, with Frankenmuth being the surviving company and owner of Patriot’s two wholly owned subsidiaries, Patriot Insurance Company and Patriot Life Insurance Company, both Maine-domiciled companies. Frankenmuth, founded on the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, is committed to supporting graduates of Maine high schools pursuing a degree in business at a college or university in Maine, and, to that end, has established the Patriot Education Scholarship Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.
Eligible students are graduating seniors of Maine high schools, or graduates within four years of the date of application, who are currently enrolled in a college or university in Maine pursuing a degree in business as a part time (minimum of 9 credit hours per semester) or full-time student. There is a preference for applicants who have a demonstrated interest in personal and commercial insurance professions.
Application Deadline: June 1
To Apply: Link to online application

Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram Scholarship Fund

This fund provides renewable support to graduating high school seniors who are Maine residents enrolled full-time at the University of Southern Maine in a degree program that compliments the business of MaineToday Media. This includes but is not limited to: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, Human Resources, Computer Science, Information & Communication Technology and Communications & Media Studies. Recipients will be underrepresented students either by being racially or ethnically diverse or a first-generation college student. There is no application for this scholarship. The recipient will be chosen annually from the pool of eligible freshmen entering USM.
Contact: University of Southern Maine financial aid office

Rice Scholarship Fund

The Rice Scholarship Fund was established in 1996 to provide scholarship support for students who have resided a substantial part of their formative years (K-8) on an off-shore island of Maine in the area from Seguin to Eastport who are attending accredited, degree-granting colleges or vocational training schools. While there is a preference for residents of off-shore islands, eligible residents of bridged islands of Maine are also invited to submit an application. Recipients will be selected based on financial need and their ongoing, demonstrated commitment to community service. Applicants must have graduated from a non-sectarian high school.
The deadline for this scholarship has passed. Please take a look throughout our website for other scholarship opportunities.

Ronald P. Guerrette FFA Scholarship Fund

The Ronald P. Guerrette FFA Scholarship Fund was created in the spring of 1998 by friends and family to honor the life and work of Ronald P. Guerrette of Caribou. The fund will provide one $1,000 scholarship per year. Eligible applicants are graduating seniors at Maine high schools who are FFA members and have a demonstrated interest and motivation to pursue a career in farming and agriculture/natural resources.
The deadline for this scholarship has passed. Please take a look throughout our website for other scholarship opportunities.

Ruth Milan-Altrusa Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in 1993 in memory of Ruth Milan to provide scholarship support to students who are pursuing a B.S. in nursing in the Husson/EMMC Nursing Program.
Contact: Husson University financial aid office
To Apply: Link to paper application

R.V. "Gadabout" Gaddis Charitable Fund

Established in 1995 in memory of “Gadabout” Gaddis, a writer from Maine, this fund supports fellowships at the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources with a preference for participants from Maine and Florida.
Contact: Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources, Missoula, MT

Sawyer Scholarship Fund

The Sawyer Scholarship Fund provides scholarship support to the sons, daughters and spouses of employees of Casella - Maine (officers and directors are not eligible to participate). The fund, established in 1988, offers scholarships to qualifying students desiring to pursue vocational training or advanced educational studies beyond high school.
Contact: Donald Meagher, manager, planning and development
To Apply: Link to paper application