UMM Announces New Early College Scholarship Opportunities

MACHIAS, ME – Since the University of Maine at Machias established its Early College Program in 2004, students from regional high schools have taken almost 700 college courses through the campus. UMM has offered these Early College opportunities both to encourage Washington County youth to consider college as an option after high school graduation and to help students get a head start on their college careers.

Encouraged by the success of this program, UMaine-Machias is today announcing expanded scholarship opportunities for Early College students. Many Washington County students are already eligible to take one college course per semester at UMM through the Maine Department of Education’s Aspirations Program. This program provides a scholarship covering 50% of tuition, while the University waives the remaining tuition and most fees. Beginning with the Spring 2010 semester, UMM will augment this state program so that area high school students may receive scholarships covering 50% of tuition for up to two courses each semester, including summer sessions. Under the new program, eligible students can finish a full year of college, at a substantially reduced cost, before they even graduate from high school.

Generally, area juniors and seniors may participate in the UMM Early College Program. They must be recommended by their high schools or home-school organizations, and they must meet certain eligibility requirements. The new scholarship program covers all courses offered live on the UMM campus. Early College students who take UMM distance courses will continue to receive the current scholarship covering 25% of tuition.

For more information or to apply for the UMM Early College program, see the guidance counselor in your high school or contact UMM’s Early College Coordinator, Carol Wolf, at 255-1264 or cwolf@maine.edu.

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