UMaine Flagship Scholarship Program 2020-2021 for First-Year Maine Residents

As the Flagship University for the state of Maine, we support Maine students by offering every first-year, in-state student admitted to the University at least a $1000 scholarship* in either a Black Bear Scholarship, one of the other awards listed below (if the student meets the specific award criteria), or athletic scholarships. First-year students submitting applications after March 1 will be reviewed for scholarships on a funds available basis.

Filing a FAFSA is not required to receive the Flagship Match, but students are encouraged to file a FAFSA by March 1 in order to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid funds.

Scholarship*

Eligibility Criteria

Award Amounts

UMaine National Merit Award

Semi-finalist status with the
National Merit Scholarship Corporation

100% Tuition and fees & room and board, up to 15 credits per semester

UMaine Presidential 

Academically at the very top of class (rank, class size, GPA and test scores are considered)

OR

High School GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
AND
Test scores: SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math of 1450+ or ACT Composite 32+

$8,000 annually

UMaine Katahdin

High School GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
AND
Test scores: SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math of 1340+ or ACT Composite 28+

$6,000 annually

UMaine Dirigo

High School GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
AND
Test scores: SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math of 1270+ or ACT Composite 26

$4,000 annually

UMaine Heritage

High School GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
AND
Test scores: SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math of 1120+ or ACT Composite 22+

$2,000 annually

UMaine Black Bear

High School GPA: Less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
AND/OR
Test scores: SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math less than 1120 or
ACT Composite under 22

$1,000 annually

Maine’s Top Scholar

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

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

* Scholarships are a financial commitment made to you by the University of Maine and may be evenly exchanged for other University or endowed scholarships.


2020-2021 Scholarship Terms and Conditions

General Scholarship Information

Renewal Criteria

  • Awards are renewable for up to a total of 8 semesters, provided that the student meets renewal criteria.
  • Awards 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.
  • 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.
  • Student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the following Scholarships: UMaine National Merit Award, UMaine Presidential, UMaine Katahdin, UMaine Dirigo, and UMaine Heritage OR a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for the UMaine Black Bear Scholarship, OR a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 for the Maine’s Top Scholars as measured each academic year at the end of the spring semester.
  • 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.