2021-2022 First Year Merit Scholarships for Maine Residents


As the Flagship University for the state of Maine, we are committed to supporting Maine students.  Through the Maine Commitment Scholarship Program we focus on a student’s high school GPA and the rigor of coursework completed to award competitive, renewable scholarships at the time of admission.  Standardized test scores, such as the SAT and ACT, are optional for admissions and may be considered if they are available at the time of the scholarship review. No additional application is required to be considered for these scholarships.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Based on academic performance in high school, including GPA and rigor of coursework. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in order to qualify for admissions-based scholarships.
  • Standardized test scores, such as the SAT and ACT, are optional for admissions and may be considered if they are available at the time of the scholarship review.

Submit your complete admissions application by December 1, 2020 to be considered for the maximum amount of merit award possible!


Specialized Scholarship Programs for Maine Residents

UMaine National Merit Award

Eligibility Criteria:  Semi-finalist with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Award Amount: 100% Tuition and fees & standard room and board, up to 15 credits per semester

Maine’s Top Scholar

Eligibility Criteria: High-achieving students from Maine selected based on the following considerations: GPA, academic rigor, program of interest, demonstrated leadership/community service

Award Amount: 100% Tuition and fees, up to 15 credits per semester, admissions to the UMaine Honors College, Faculty Mentor, $500 per year to support scholarly/research development


2021-2022 Scholarship Terms and Conditions


General Scholarship Information


  • Filing a FAFSA is not required to receive merit-based scholarships at the time of admissions. First-year students are highly encouraged to file a FAFSA by March 1 in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid funds.
  • Scholarship amounts are a financial commitment made to students by the University of Maine and may appear on the financial aid award as other University or endowed scholarships.
  • Awards are renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters , provided that the student meets specific renewal criteria
  • Award amounts are disbursed in two equal installments, one at the beginning of the fall semester and one at the beginning of the spring semester, as credit toward the student’s tuition account.
  • The award must be used within a period not to exceed five years.
  • Scholarship amount is determined at the time of admission and will remain fixed throughout the student’s undergraduate career, provided the student meets renewal eligibility requirements.

Renewal Criteria


  • Student must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (see Office of Student Financial Aid for more information).
  • Student must maintain at least part-time enrollment (no less than 6 graded credit hours per semester) at their current tuition status leading to an undergraduate degree at UMaine.
  • Students are required to meet a minimum cumulative GPA each academic year in order to maintain eligibility for admissions-based scholarships.  Students will be sent a formal letter with the required GPA that they must meet.
  • Maine’s Top Scholar Award and UMaine National Merit Award require students must maintain at least full-time enrollment (no less than 12 graded credit hours per semester) at their current tuition status leading to an undergraduate degree at UMaine.

Enrollment Based Adjustments

UMaine’s financial aid awards are based on the assumption that a student will enroll in 15 credits per semester. Some types of aid may be reduced for students who enroll in fewer than 15 credits. These award adjustments are based on enrollment levels of 15+ credits (100%), 12-14 credits (85%), 9-11 credits (70%), and 6-8 credits (50%).

Please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid’s website for additional information regarding enrollment based adjustments. 


Scholarship Reconsideration for First-Year Students

First year applicants may provide updated transcripts and/or SAT/ACT scores to be considered for possible scholarship reconsideration until May 1. Incoming students who believe they qualify for reconsideration should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.