Scholarships

The Admissions Office presents scholarships to first-time undergraduate students based on academic performance, with the highest achieving students eligible for the greatest financial award. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, unless otherwise stated, for consideration. Overall, scholarships are available to students for four years, or for a total of eight semesters, who have a competitive high school GPA combined with a minimum critical reading and math score on the SAT and/or ACT composite score.

Incoming students — first-time undergraduates, transfer students or international students — are automatically considered for scholarships at the time of admission to UMaine. Typically, merit scholarship awards are included with the letter of acceptance, although, some scholarships are awarded after the admission process is complete. Early Action applicants are considered first for scholarships, with remaining funds distributed until fully dispersed.

Fall 2016 Merit Scholarship Categories

Students are eligible for only one of the following unless otherwise noted. Please note that the criteria for merit scholarships and dollar values are subject to change.

UMaine Presidential Scholarship

A very selective award for first-year students who are academically at the top of their class. Selection criteria is based on rank, class size and test scores. (National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists are qualified for this award)
Resident: Up to $8,000 annually
Non-Resident: Up to $15,000 annually
NEBHE*: Up to $9,000 annually

UMaine Flagship Scholarship

Awarded to first-year students who have a competitive high school GPA and a minimum 1300 SAT Critical Reading/Math or 29 ACT composite:
Resident: Up to $8,000 annually
Non-Resident: Up to $15,000 annually
NEBHE*: Up to $9,000 annually

UMaine Dean’s Scholarship

Awarded to first-year students who have a competitive high school GPA and a minimum 1200 SAT Critical Reading/Math or 26 ACT composite:
Resident: Up to $4,000 annually
Non-Resident: Up to $10,000 annually
NEBHE*: Up to $5,000 annually

UMaine Black Bear Scholarship

Awarded to first-year students who have a competitive high school GPA and a minimum 1100 SAT Critical Reading/Math or 24 ACT composite:
Resident: Up to $2,000 annually
Non-Resident: Up to $8,000 annually
NEBHE*: Up to $4,000 annually

UMaine Blue and White Scholarship

Awarded to first-year students who have a competitive high school GPA and a minimum 1000 SAT Critical Reading/Math or 21 ACT composite:
Resident: Up to $1,000 annually
Non-Resident: Up to $5,000 annually
NEBHE*: Up to $2,500 annually

Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships

Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships in the areas of Music, Art and Theater can be awarded in addition to any of the above merit scholarships.

For consideration, a separate scholarship application, which may require an audition or portfolio, and a complete application for admission must be on file by February 1, 2015. For more information, contact the School of Performing Arts at (207) 581-4700 or the Department of Art at (207) 581-3245.

Transfer Merit Award

Awarded to transfer students based on academic GPA and completed credits at time of application. Some scholarships are reserved specifically for Phi Theta Kappa and Maine Community College transfer students.
Resident or Non-Resident: $4,000 over two-years; $2,000 annually. Forty awards are available.

International Student Scholarship

UMaine offers a limited number of tuition scholarships in recognition of international students with outstanding academic credentials. For more information, please visit the Office of International Programs website.

Adult Degree Completion Scholarship

This scholarship is for Maine residents who have had a three year “break” since their last enrollment in higher education and who are completing their first BA/BS degree. The deadline to apply is August 1st. The scholarships range up to $4,000 for the academic year. For more information and to apply, please see the scholarship application.

More Information

Scholarships do not have to be repaid, and in-state and out-of-state students are equally eligible. Non-Maine resident scholarship awards are greater than Maine resident scholarship awards, reflecting the difference in tuition price between the two groups. The Admissions Office recognizes the following categories for residency: in-state, out-of-state and international, as well as special distinctions of Canadian and New England Regional Student applicants.

Merit Scholarships are also considered based on the contribution a prospective student could make to the university. These include field of academic study, purpose of pursuing higher education, perseverance in overcoming educational and social obstacles, significant personal accomplishments or significant artistic talent.

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*The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) has established a regional program under which qualified residents of the region may receive reduced tuition rates when attending college in another New England state. The major chosen must be one that is not available in the student’s home state (as approved by the public institution in the home state) and that is indicated as available for the tuition reduction by the institution the student plans to attend. Each participating New England institution designates which of its programs will be offered under this program once they are approved by the other states. Information may be obtained from any New England high school guidance office or the NEBHE website (nebhe.org) using the online lookup. Click here to view UMaine’s NEBHE factsheet.