University of Maine Merit Scholarship (in state)

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

University of Maine

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually based on the number of qualified applicants.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a first-year, first-time student, OR a transfer undergraduate student.
  3. Must have an SAT score of 1100 or higher (combined math and critical reading scores).
  4. Must, at a minimum, be in the top 40 percent of his/her high school class; however, most recipients are in the top 10 percent of their class.
  5. Must plan to attend the University of Maine.
  6. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  7. Must plan to enroll as a full-time student in a minimum of 12 credits per semester in an approved undergraduate program.
  8. Must be a resident of Maine.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is available for U.S. high school seniors in Maine who plan to attend the University of Maine at Orono. Students must, at a minimum, be in the top 40 percent of their class and have an SAT score of 1100 or higher; however, most recipients for this scholarship are in the top 10 percent of their class.

Application requirements for the University of Maine Merit Scholarship (in state) are:

  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
Additional Information: The University of Maine Academic Scholarship Program is designed to acknowledge, attract, and retain academically talented and diverse students who seek the intellectual stimulation and opportunities for personal development offered at the state's only comprehensive institution of higher learning in Maine. This award is for students who distinguish themselves through class rank and standardized test scores. The scholarship committee will select recipients and determine award amounts based on the following criteria: academic achievement, as reflected by information in the completed application for admission; diversity, as reflected by ethnicity, race, gender, physical challenge, field of academic study, purpose for pursuing higher education, or perseverance in overcoming educational and social obstacles; and significant personal accomplishments beyond the traditional measures of academic achievement, including work experience, field study, or personal accomplishments in spite of adversity. Students selected for academic scholarships may be eligible for one of the following awards: the Presidential Scholarship, the Flagship Scholarship, the Dean’s Scholarship, or the Black Bear Scholarship.

Award Amount: $1,000 to $4,000 annually, renewable for up to three additional years if the student maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $4,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, March 1

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, March 1

Detailed information about this scholarship is available online on the University of Maine (UMaine) website. The student applies for this scholarship by applying for admission to UMaine. No separate scholarship application is required. Students may apply for admission via any one of the following methods: the University of Maine System online application; UMaine paper application; the Common Application; or the Universal Application. In addition to the completed application for admissions, the student must submit the following: a $40 application fee; an official high school transcript that includes at least the first set of senior grades; official SAT/ACT scores (waived for transfers with more than 12 completed credits or applicants age 20 and older); official college transcripts for all attempted college coursework, if applicable; an essay; and an official school recommendation (for first-year applicants only). To be assured of full consideration for this award, the student should apply for admission and be accepted through UMaine's non-binding Early Action Admission program. The deadline for submitting an application for full aid consideration is March 1. Students who submit their admissions application after this date will only be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis until the regular admissions deadline date.
About University of Maine:
Contact Information: Carol Edgecomb, Office of Enrollment Management, Coordinator
Address: Office of Admissions, 5713 Chadbourne Hall Orono, Maine 04469-5713

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