A scholarship is money for college that you will not be expected to repay.

Statewide UMS Scholarships & Waivers

piggy bank speech bubbleAdult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund
DEADLINE: December 1st, 2016
A fund to help Maine people complete their academic studies—which may have begun years ago, but were not completed for some reason. For adult students returning to college after an absence of three years or more, who are completing their very first baccalaureate degree.

Osher New Beginnings Scholarships
Accepting new scholarship requests beginning July 2017
For those who are first time college students or have not attended college in three or more years and have completed thirty or fewer successful credit hours. An Osher Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for two courses.

George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship
A Maine-Ireland student exchange which honors the Northern Ireland peace accord brokered by Senator Mitchell between the governments and peoples of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Hannaford Teacher Renewal Scholarship
This is available to currently practicing, certified Maine K-12 teachers in the areas of mathematics, science or foreign language.

Tuition Waivers
The University of Maine System Board of Trustees and State Legislature have established a number of different tuition and fee waiver programs for the benefit of students attending a university. If a student meets certain criteria, that student may qualify for reduced university tuition and, in some cases, fees.

High School Early Study/Aspirations
The high school aspirations program raises educational aspirations of Maine students by offering an opportunity to experience college by registering for college courses at a reduced tuition rate. Students must have school approval, parental approval, minimum high school GPA of B or better, and junior or senior standing.

Local Scholarships

Futurama Continuing Education Scholarship and the Futurama Career Advancement Scholarship
DEADLINES: April 20th
The Business and Professional Women in Maine (BPW/ME) Futurama Foundation offers the Continuing Education and Career Advancement scholarships. Maine state recipients are awarded a $1,200 scholarship. The local BPW organization selects a candidate for these scholarships from the applications received. These candidates are forwarded to the Foundation for final selection at the State level.

Downeast Business and Professional Women
DEADLINE: April 30th
This local organization offers a $500 scholarship to a college student who is continuing her post-secondary education by taking at least 3 classes per semester. The scholarship money will be awarded the second semester of the recipient’s year at a college or university.

Veteran’s Administration – Fry Scholarship
Children and surviving spouses of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for this benefit.

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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
For college sophomores or juniors working toward a degree in science or mathematics

Maine Roads to Quality
The Maine Roads Scholarship Program awards money to help pay the costs of earning a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or a college degree at any level from Associate to Master’s.

Maine Development Foundation Next Step Scholarship
For adult and non-traditional students

Fresh Start Scholarship
This scholarship is designed for adults entering Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) and who have either graduated from high school prior to 2007, or left high school prior to 2007 and completed an adult diploma or GED.

Hope Milliken McNally Scholarship
For any Ellsworth High School graduate attending EMCC.

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