Scholarships for College
The following list contains scholarship notices that are sent to Cheverus. See your School Counselor for more information, or visit the website associated with the scholarship. International students, please visit this site, this site, this site, and consult this chart. All seniors should check the Guidance website at their local public school to see if any scholarships apply to them. Want some video on what student loans and scholarships are all about, or some advice?
DO NOT PAY to file the FAFSA. Do not pay for someone to locate scholarships for you. There is free help available at your college's financial aid office, on the web, in Cheverus' Guidance and College Advising Offices, and at FAME (Finance Authority of Maine).
Deadlines Vary for the following scholarships:
- Maine Community Foundation: http://www.mainecf.org/scholarships.aspx. Check the scholarships labeled "Available statewide" and those for your county.
- Scholarship resources gathered by a trusted source, including funding for Maine high school graduates.
- Scholarship Search through Sallie Mae, Chegg are reputable sites.
- Long list of quirky scholarships Paying for College
- UNE provides a long list of external scholarships (not for UNE students only)
- Many scholarships listed here http://www.studentscholarships.org/helpjohnny.php
- The American Legion offer a variety of scholarships. Their oratorial scholarship program is a constitutional speech contest.
- FAME Maine offers a list of scholarships for Maine students and a searchable database of scholarships.
- Daughters of the American Revolution National Society Scholarships. Various scholarships.
- Are you a member of Cheverus Robotics Team? Apply for scholarships! (USM, WPI, Northeastern)
Scholarships -- Sorted by Deadlines - always double check deadlines
- The Elizabeth Gillis Ahern and Leonard F. Ahern Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to one Cheverus senior, providing $7500 each year for four years towards college tuition. A Google form was emailed to seniors on Sept 11 & Sept 23 inviting them to apply by Sept 24, and the requirements were reviewed in College Advising classes that week.
- The Bryan Cameron Scholarship for exceptional leaders. Full ride. 3.7 unweighted gpa, extensive involvement in your community/school.
- Wendy's High School Heisman-students with a B average & participate in one school-sponsored sport
- https://tobaccofreelife.org/scholarship/ essay contest
- The Catholic Foundation of Maine "Lila Grace Sullivan Amirault Scholarship", one award to a Catholic student at each of the 2 Catholic High Schools in Maine. Awards range from $1,000-3,000 and are need based, as evidenced by your filing of the FACTS financial aid application at Cheverus. Applications will be distributed during College Advising class in Sept. and emailed to seniors
- YoungArts: actors, dancers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, photographers, singers, songwriters, visual artists, and/or writers in grades 10-12, apply for scholarships, the US Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and an opportunity to be in HBO's MasterClass.
- LendEdu essay contest about student loans/debt.
- Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans for families with less than $55,000 AGI.
- VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition
- Coca Cola Scholars for high school seniors with a 3.0 gpa - $20,000 scholarship
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation application opens in September, for students with high financial need and 3.5gpa, 26 ACT or 1200 SAT.
December 1 Deadline
- Essay contest and oration contest at state and national levels. Also Eagle Scout scholarships from the Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution.
- AXA Achievement Scholarship for seniors who are active leaders.
- video contest for local bank Norway Savings, win $250 scholarship and enter to win more money at the national level.
January 1 Deadline
- GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program for leadership, drive, integrity, citizenship.
- John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest $500 - 10,000 scholarships.
- https://www.dosomething.org/us/about/easy-scholarships for students who volunteer
- Burger King Scholars based on grades, work experience, extracurriculars or service.
- JCI Senate Scholarship Application based on grades, leadership.
- The Point Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied people who are planning to enroll in some form of higher education next year.
- Ron Brown Scholar Program for African American applicants.
January 15 Deadline
- Those with Multiple Schlerosis or who have a parent with MS. Apply online.
- Greeting Card Design scholarship: submit a unique photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card.
- Transportation Industry Scholarship for Women (going to MMA or majoring in a transportation area? This might be for you) $2500.
- History buff? Enjoy politics? Washington Crossing Foundation offers scholarships.
- One Cheverus senior could be awarded the Marr Anderson Family Foundation $5,000 scholarship. We will prepare the application and mail it Jan 10. More details will be discussed in College Advising classes in December.
January 31 Deadline
- Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering majors $2,000 scholarships for one year.
- Goodcall.org lots of scholarships, with an easy database to search.
February 1 Deadline
- Clyde Russell Scholarship - Maine residents only. Apply after November 1.
- Register for the Math Challenge, form a team and win scholarship money
- National Honor Society scholarships.
February 15 Deadline
- Scholarships for Military Children for children of active personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members. Min GPA 3.0 and plan to enroll in a 4 year college or university. Application opens mid December.
- Buick Achievers Scholarships for students intending to major in engineering and work in the automobile industry
- NIAAA Scholar/Essay Scholarship for 2-sport athlete, required B+ and 24 ACT or 1100 SAT plus letter of rec from Athletic Director. See Mrs Ashley in the Athletics Dept 2 weeks in advance if you are interested and view the application here.
- Island Institute Scholarship for those living on Maine's 15 unbridged islands.
March 1 Deadline
- Maine Society of Professional Engineers: 2 $2500 scholarships. Minimum SAT scores 600 Math or 29 ACT math. Must plan to attend an ABET accredited engineering program. Application available after January 1.
- Mainely Character Scholarship - based solely on courage, integrity, responsibility, and concern for others.
- Tyler Technology offers Maine App Challenge - write an app and earn a scholarship
- Thinking of attending one of these 140 Catholic colleges? Apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the Catholic College Admission Association.
- ecoMaine offers a scholarship to engineering majors, enviro science majors.
March 15 Deadline
- Kohl's Cares - see your School Counselor to be nominated if you've "made a positive impact in your community." Ages 6-18.
- Rainbow Business & Professional Association scholarship for students who have those who have "worked to foster diversity and end bullying and discrimination in their schools and communities."
- Poetry Contest for any Maine High School Student. More info here.
- Do you volunteer with older adults? Omega offers $1,000 scholarships.
- Unitil offers 6 scholarships for those majoring in a STEM field.
- Majoring in construction or a related trade like civil engineering, architecture? National Association of Women in Construction offer males and females scholarships ranging from $500-1500. Click here for application.
- American Foreign Service Association High School Essay Contest
- Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund for students with financial need (AGI of less than 80K), service to others, 3.0 GPA, renewable for 4 years of college. App available January.
April 1 Deadine
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern ME Alumni Association for those involved in B&G Clubs for 2 years. Ten scholarships will be awarded in amounts that range from $500-2,000.
- Alpha One "Powering Education" Scholarship. Students with disabilities. Three $2000 scholarships.
- Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest for Maine high school seniors. $1,000 1st prize, $500 2nd place.
- The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department offers the Student/Athlete Scholarship. One scholarship will award two $1k grants for a deserving female and male student. Another scholarship for a criminal justice major who was an athlete in high school. Click here for both applications.
- Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention essay contest.
- Maine Education Services offers 10 $5,000 scholarships. Application opens January 1.
- New England Assoc for College Admissions Counseling, of which Cheverus is a long-time member, offers an essay contest open to New England high schools. $1000 scholarship.
- Scott Searway Scholarship. For a student accepted to Maine Maritime Academy and planning to be in the regiment.
- Write a sports related essay for $1,000 scholarship.
- Maine Inn Keeper's Association for students majoring in hospitality or culinary.
- Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine offers three awards and a nursing scholarship.
- Kenneth Jordan Higgins Scholarship for residents of Portland, So. Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Westbrook, Falmouth or Scarborough who are financially needy. Info and application.
- Maine Manufacturer's Assocation offers scholarships for those majoring in manufacturing, welding, mechanical engineering and going to college in Maine. Application here.
May 1 Deadline
- Many credit unions offer scholarships if you are a member. It is easy to set up a savings account with little money at any credit union. UCU is an example of a credit union that offers a scholarship if you attend a Maine State University (including MMA) if you are also a UCU member.
- U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services Nursing Scholarship and loan forgiveness in exchange for a 2 year service agreement in a hospital with a critical shortage of nurses.
- Engineering or architecture majors: WBRC, an engineering and architecture firm in Portland, offers a $500 scholarship after your 1st semester at college if you earn a 2.5 GPA. Info and application.
- Women In Tech scholarship for female computer science or computer programming majors.
- James V. Day Scholarship through the American Legion to descendants of a ME Legionnaire.
- Daniel E. Lambert Memorial Scholarship through American Legion if parent or grandparent is a veteran.
- American Legion Children & Youth Scholarship to a financially needy student.
- Sylvan B. Phillips Trust Fund applications available in Guidance in May, due end of June. For financially needy men living in Portland.
- Residents of Freeport, Pownal and Durham can apply for the $2,000 Rotary Scholarship based on academic achievement and financial need. The application is available after Feb 15.
- Residents of Casco can apply for the Betty & Sumner Hancock Scholarship Fund.
- Unity Lodge $1,000 scholarship to someone who volunteers outside of school and participates in extra-curricular activity at school. Min 2.0 GPA, going to college in Maine, with family income under $75,000.
- The Portland Water District announces a $1500.00 scholarship for students who live in their area of coverage who intend to major in engineering, enviro studies, public health or related studies. Go to their website for criteria and application.
- NECBAC Book Scholarship of $300 to minority students. Application required, and you must attend one of the 30 colleges on their list.
- Maine Graphic Arts Association awards scholarships for those interested in a graphic arts or printing technology degree.
- Annual "Arrive Alive" Creative Contest - send a message to your peers about texting & driving www.arrivealivecreativecontest.com
- First generation student with financial need, leadership & service, attending one of their partner colleges, $1k scholarship.
- The Maine Difference Scholarship, funded by Lamey-Wellehan, is intended to aid in the cost of attaining an education for a Maine young person studying at a Maine college or university. The focus of the student's studies should be on the ecology and economics of Maine.
- Going to a 2 year college? Have lots of financial need (Pell eligible)? The Horatio Alger Scholarship Program is taking applications from March 15 to June 1 for their Career & Technical Program.
July 1 Deadline
- Southern Maine Women's Golf Association Scholarship. For women who have participated in some aspect of golf. Application is based on the applicant's involvement in golf as well as academic achievements and extra-curricular activities. Filing the FAFSA to demonstrate need is required.
- For males enrolling at UMO: SigEp's Balanced Man Scholarship. Two $1,000 scholarships for those of sound body and mind. Info and app. Also available to young men enrolling at BC.
- What's special about your hometown? Short answer/photo contest for $500 scholarship.
- Lending Tree 30 second video contest.
Paying for College
All families of seniors should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, even if you think you won't qualify. If circumstances change, you've already filed the one required form, and sometimes colleges ask for the FAFSA when awarding merit aid. Most colleges want it filed in fall of senior year, and it only becomes available on October 1 each year.
FAME Maine performs lots of outreach like this to help families navigate the often-confusing financial aid process. They will not try to sell you anything.
Recent press about paying for college
- Return on Investment (ROI) chart for 1200 colleges at Payscale
- Brookings Institute "Value-Added" list of colleges, based on earnings power and loan repayment
- Money Magazine's Annual Best Colleges List with a focus on affordability and great value colleges.
- The best article on EFC -- in depth info on how to figure it out based on your income (AGI), and info on the CSS Profile and FAFSA.
- Great FAQs about financial aid -- a good place to start.
- The best article I've seen about how (and if) home equity affects financial aid. Remember, FAFSA-only colleges like UMaine don't look at home equity. Only colleges that require the CSS Profile look at home equity, and at varying percentages.
- Choosing a major, keeping in mind your earning potential, likelihood of an advanced degree being required, and the job outlook.
- "the goal of a financial aid package might be to persuade you not to come" and other things colleges don't want you to know
- How Divorce Affects Financial Aid (or, who files FAFSA?)
- If you like graphs, try this one out, measuring college cost based on family income.
- Kiplinger's Personal Finance has 7 great tips
- Time Magazine's '6 myths about financial aid'.
- Using the internet to search for scholarships: tips from USA Today newspaper
- NASDAQ article about paying someone to file your FAFSA & expensive FAFSA advice
- "What Do Students Pay for College?" report, a summary of average net prices at colleges and universities across the country.
- 10 colleges where you graduate with little debt.
Colleges often offer scholarships, in the form of merit money, to admitted students. Often, it's a combination of grades and test scores that secure a scholarship, or volunteerism or athletics. Be sure to investigate if a separate scholarship application is required. Sometimes, an admissions application is all that is required. Here are some examples.
Criteria: graduation from a Catholic high school
- Anna Maria College-New England Catholic High School Scholarship: $15,000 per year for four years.
- Assumption College 'Brother Brassard Scholarship' offers $2500 if you are admitted and graduate from a Catholic high school. Can be combined with other merit money & need based aid.
- Presentation College (SD) offers up to $4,000 per year for Catholic HS grads with 3.0+gpa.
- Regis College Presidential Catholic Scholarship: Full tuition for 4 years, must have 3.5gpa and be nominated by High School Principal.
- University of Dayton (OH) offers a Leadership in Service scholarship at $2500/year for each of the 4 years. Ask Ms Coddaire to be nominated. Visit campus, file FAFSA in October and receive an extra $1,000/year for textbooks.
Criteria: graduation from a Jesuit high school
- All 28 Jesuit colleges' merit scholarships are here. Not all require graduation from a Jesuit high school.
- Loyola Chicago's Jesuit Heritage Award and Marquette's offer a half-tuition scholarship to one Cheverus senior each year, for their 4 years at Loyola or Marquette. A separate scholarship application to Marquette is required. See Guidance or Cheverus College Advising to be nominated for the Loyola half-tuition scholarship (3.0, 23 ACT or 1160 SAT required).
- LeMoyne College Ignatian Scholarship offers $18,000 per year for four years. No separate app required.
Criteria: graduation from Cheverus high school
Attending UMO? There is a scholarship for one Cheverus graduate who will attend UMO, the Nanovic Scholarship, for $2,000 each year for four years. See Ms. Coddaire in College Advising to put your name on the list.
Criteria: a certain major
- Female Computer Major at Champlain. Ask to be nominated for this $10k/year scholarship.
- Computer Science majors: full tuition at Marist College in NY.
- University of Kansas SELF program for engineering & computer majors and leadership.
- UMaine Orono - full tuition Pulp & Paper Scholarship for engineering majors who are aware of and open to pulp & paper careers.
- Cooperative Education Scholarship at one of the 10 Co-Op Colleges (Drexel, Johnson & Wales, Kettering, Wentworth, RIT, U of Cincinnati, U of Toledo, Merrimack)
- Latin Majors: a full, 4-year scholarship to John Carroll University (Jesuit, Ohio)
- Physics Majors at Marietta College (Ohio) can compete for a $25,000 award.
Criteria: High Achievers
- Boston University Trustee Scholarship requires a separate application & nomination from High School Principal.
- Northeastern's top merit award is $20,000 (& several Cheverus seniors earned it), $30,000 if you are a National Merit Semifinalist.
- Stonehill's top merit award is $25,000 (& several Cheverus seniors earned it).
- WPI's top merit award is $20,000 for #1 in the class.
- USM: Presidential Scholarship, $4,000.
- UMO: top 5 in class rank earns the highest merit money amount of $8,000. No separate app required.
- University of Toledo Presidential Scholarship if 3.8GPA, 30 ACT or 1400 SAT (ERW+Math): full tuition, room and board for all 4 years.
- Seton Hall: 28 ACT or 1310 SAT and top 10% of their high school class gets reduced tuition.
- Simmons, a women's college in Boston, offers full tuition, room and board for 28 ACT or 1300 SAT. Competitive application process, not an automatic award.
Criteria: student from Maine or New England
- University of Kansas Non Resident Renewable Scholarships: KU Awards start with 3.5 GPA.
Criteria: participation in the Junior Achievement Program
- Did you participate in the JA Program at Cheverus? Some colleges offer scholarships at their school.
Criteria: participation in the FIRST Robotics Team
- Worcester PolyTechnic Institute offers 2 scholarships ($20,000 and $5,000) if you compete at the New England level.
Criteria: participation in college choral
- Assumption College offers competitive vocal merit scholarships from $5,000-10,000
Criteria: lots of volunteering
- Assumption College's Light the Way scholarship for those who make a positive contribution to society
If you apply to an out-of-state public university in New England for a degree not offered in the Maine state university system, you may be eligible for a tuition break. You pay less than out-of-state rates but more than in-state tuition. Example: a meteorology degree is not offered at the Maine state university system but Plymouth State in NH and Lyndon State in VT offer the degree.
In the past, Cheverus students have taken advantage of the programs at UCONN for biomedical engineering and actuarial science, UMass Amherst for social thought & political theory, URI for landscape architecture and ocean engineering, Lyndon and Plymouth for meteorology.
How do you know if a college is too expensive for your family? Where do you start?
Colleges award money in two ways: merit scholarship or need-based aid. Some colleges award a combination of both need-based aid and merit scholarships.
Let's take an example: BC, Holy Cross, Colby, Bates and Bowdoin only award need-based aid. How do you know if you would qualify for need-based aid at these colleges? There are 2 ways to find out:
- Complete fafsa4caster.ed.gov to find out your family's EFC or estimated family contribution. That number is very important at colleges that only award need-based aid. Have a high EFC? You might not qualify for any aid at that college, and pay the full amount. (Locate FAFSA4caster at the bottom right corner of https://fafsa.ed.gov/)
- The other way to find out if a college will award you need-based aid is to complete their Net Price Calculator, available on each college's financial aid page. If you cannot easily locate the NPC on any college's website, do a site search for the term. Try College Abacus to run NPCs for multiple colleges at the same site.
What about colleges that award merit money? Again, complete the Net Price Calculator on each college's website to see how much merit money you might earn. The calculator will ask you about GPA (get that from your transcript from RenWeb which has your cumulative GPA in the top right corner) and SAT or ACT scores.
The least expensive way to earn a college degree is to begin at community college, spend 1-2 years there, then transfer to the university or college of your choice to complete your bachelor's degree.
The next least expensive way to earn a college degree is to enroll in your in-state university and earn the degree in 4 years or less. See if you can test out of any courses or apply your AP Exam credit to any courses to shorten your stay at college. (the $90 you pay for an AP exam is much less expensive than an intro course at college that can cost thousands of dollars!)
Want to get out of Maine? New England state universities offer a tuition break program for some majors. You won't pay as low as in-state tuition, but you won't pay as much as an out-of-stater.
Many students focus on colleges that will award them generous merit money for good grades and SAT/ACT scores. Merit money does not have to be repaid - it's not a loan - and is usually renewable for your 4 years of college.
In exchange for serving your country, the military will help you pay for college. You can serve now and attend college later, or go to college now and serve later. Look into ROTC if you want college first. Here are the ROTC sites:
Many Cheverus students wish to continue their Jesuit education at the college level. There are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. You can find the map here, and a listing of merit scholarships offered by each of the 28 colleges here. Juniors receive a hard copy of the listing in College Advising class in March.
Note: Marquette & Loyola Chicago offer a half tuition scholarship to one accepted Cheverus senior each year, for the 4 years at the college.