2021-2022 First Year Merit Scholarships for Out-of-State Students


The Flagship Scholars Program provides admissions-based scholarships to high-achieving out-of-state students. With a special emphasis on a student’s high school GPA and the rigor of coursework completed, a range of scholarship amounts are awarded at the time of admission. No additional application is required to be considered for admissions-based 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!

Available Annual Award Range:
$20,000 to 100% Tuition and Fees*

*Semi-finalists with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation are eligible for the highest awards in this category, including: 100% Tuition and fees, up to 15 credits per semester, & standard room and board.

**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.


Available Annual Award:
$13,200 to $18,280*

The Flagship Match Scholarship allows eligible out-of-state transfer students from specified states to attend UMaine at the same cost as their home state’s flagship institution. Qualifying students will receive a substantial scholarship that is applied to UMaine’s out-of-state tuition and fees.  The amount of the scholarship will vary depending on the tuition and fee rates of the flagship institution in the student’s home state.

*Range amounts are estimated based on 2020-2021 costs.  Final range amounts will be confirmed during the summer of 2021.

**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.


Available Annual Award Range:
$7,000 – $10,000

**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.


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.
  • UMaine National Merit Award requires 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 Years

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.