Scholarships

Scholarships are a major source of funding for UMM students to help supplemental other financial aid. Scholarships are considered gift aid and therefore for not have to be repaid. Scholarships may come from the University, the state, or from private donors.

Scholarships from private donors are also called Outside/Private Scholarships.  Many of these scholarships are awarded through high school guidance offices, community organizations, or businesses and corporations.

Students are required to report any and all additional resources to the Financial Aid Office.  This includes any outside scholarships you may be receiving. You can report scholarships through your Mainstreet Student Center or you can send a copy of your Outside Scholarship award letter to the Financial Aid Office.  These copies can be faxed, emailed, or brought directly to our office.

Searching for Scholarships

Our office has multiple resources to assist students with their scholarship search.  Remember, when searching and applying for scholarships – NEVER pay to search or apply! Here are some websites we recommend students use to search for scholarships at the state and national level:

Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)        www.famemaine.com
Maine Community Foundation                www.mainecf.org
Senator George J Mitchell Scholarship   www.mitchellinstitute.org
The College Board                                 www.collegeboard.org
FastWEB                                                www.fastweb.com
FinAid                                                    www.finaid.org
Sallie Mae                                              www.salliemae.com

Merit-Based Scholarship Programs

The Admissions Office awards scholarships to first-time undergraduate students based on academic performance, their residency status, and when they apply for admission to the university.

 

In-State First Year Students

Scholarship Name

Eligibility Criteria

Award Amounts

Four-Year Total

Presidential Scholarship

3.0 High School GPA or Combined SAT score of 1020 or ACT score of 20

$4,000 annually

$16,000

Bold Scholarship

2.5 High School GPA or Combined SAT score of 950 or ACT score of 18

$2,000 annually

$8,000

 

First year scholarships are renewable for up to four years. Continuation into subsequent years is determined by an annual review after spring grades are available. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be achieved to retain the scholarship. Students will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office if the scholarship is suspended due to academic standing.

In-State Transfer Students

Scholarship Name

Eligibility Criteria

Award Amounts

Two-Year Total

Presidential Scholarship

3.0 Transfer GPA

$2,000 annually

$4,000

Bold Scholarship

2.5 Transfer GPA

$1,000 annually

$2,000

 

Transfer scholarships are renewable for up to two years. Continuation into subsequent years is determined by an annual review after spring grades are available. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be achieved to retain the scholarship. Students will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office if the scholarship is suspended due to academic standing.

Canadian First Year Students

Scholarship Name

Eligibility Criteria

Award Amounts

Four-Year Total

Sunrise Scholarship

3.0 High School GPA or Combined SAT score of 1020 or ACT score of 20

$1,000 annually

$4,000

 

First Year scholarships for Canadian students are renewable for up to four years. Continuation into subsequent years is determined by an annual review after spring grades are available. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be achieved to retain the scholarship. Students will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office if the scholarship is suspended due to academic standing.

Out-of-State First Year Students

Please note that any change in residency will result in the adjustment of financial aid, including scholarships. This includes any waiver program that results in non-resident students being charged the resident tuition rate, or a change between out-of-state and NEBHE status.

Scholarship Name

Eligibility Criteria

Award Amounts

Acadia Scholarship

Minimum 3.6 GPA on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
or
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 1110+
(or ACT Composite of 23+)

$5,500

Sunrise Scholarship

Minimum GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
or
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 1010+
(or ACT Composite 20+)

$4,500

Bold Scholarship

Minimum GPA 2.4 on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
or
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 950+
(or ACT Composite 18+)

$2,000

 

Out-of-State First Year NEBHE Students

Please note that any change in residency will result in the adjustment of financial aid, including scholarships. This includes any waiver program that results in non-resident students being charged the resident tuition rate, or a change between out-of-state and NEBHE status.

Scholarship Name

Eligibility Criteria

Award Amounts

Acadia NEBHE Scholarship

Minimum 3.6 GPA on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
or
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 1110+
(or ACT Composite of 23+)

$3,500

Sunrise NEBHE Scholarship

Minimum GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
or
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math of 1010+
(or ACT Composite 20+)

$2,500

 

The Acadia and Sunrise NEBHE scholarships are offered in addition to the tuition break NEBHE students receive thought the New England Board of Higher Education’s (NEBHE) Regional Student Program (RSP).

First Year scholarships for NEBHE students are renewable for up to four years. Continuation into subsequent years is determined by an annual review after spring grades are available. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be achieved to retain the scholarships. Students will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office if the scholarship is suspended due to academic standing.

Out of State Transfer Students

Scholarship Name

Eligibility Criteria

Award Amounts

Two-Year Total

Presidential Scholarship

2.75 Transfer GPA

$4,000 annually ($2,000 if NEBHE eligible)

$8,000 ($4,000 if NEBHE eligible)

 

First Year scholarships for Canadian students are renewable for up to four years. Continuation into subsequent years is determined by an annual review after spring grades are available. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be achieved to retain the scholarship. Students will be notified in writing by the Financial Aid Office if the scholarship is suspended due to academic standing.

Muriel L. and Kermit Kraus Memorial Marine Biology Scholarship

Each year UMM will select two or more new, first-year or transfer students, with preference given to out-of-state students. Students who wish to be considered for this competitive scholarship must submit an essay explaining why they wish to study Marine Biology at UMM. Students will be selected based on their high School record, SAT or ACT or equivalent test scores, and the quality of their essay. Students receiving this award will receive $1,000 per year in addition to any other scholarships for which they qualify. The successful candidate will receive this award for all four years of their degree as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in the Marine Biology program and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The completed application must be submitted by March 1, and successful candidates will be notified of this award by March 20th.

Please submit essay, high school records and test scores to the Admissions office at ummadmissions@maine.edu.

International Student Scholarship

As part of the normal admissions review process, all admitted international students will be considered for the University of Maine at Machias Provost Scholarship of $10,000 which is renewable annually. Scholarship eligibility will be considered based on academic preparation and to ensure geographic diversity. Funds are limited, so applications are encouraged early in the process. For more information, please feel free to contact our admissions office. Not available to Canadian residents.