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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:

Scholarships -- Sorted by Deadlines - always double check deadlines


September 15


October 10

  • 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.

October 25


November 1

December 1 Deadline


January 1 Deadline

 January 15 Deadline

January 31 Deadline


February 1 Deadline

 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

  • 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.

June 1 Deadline 


July 1 Deadline


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.

Couldn't make it to FAFSA Night? Get the notes here. There's a free in-depth FAFSA Guide here.

 

Recent press about paying for college

March 2016

January 2016

July 2015

  • Money Magazine's Annual Best Colleges List with a focus on affordability and great value colleges.

May 2015

 November 2014

  • 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.

August 2014

  • 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.

April 2014

September 2013

July 2013

  • If you like graphs, try this one out, measuring college cost based on family income.

September 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

January 2012

November 2011

  • Wall Street Journal examines how irrational we are when choosing colleges and offers tips on how to pay for it.
  • Fast Company has a compelling and eye-opening graphic about the cost of college & questions whether it's worth it.

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

Criteria: High Achievers

Criteria: student from Maine or New England

Criteria: participation in the Junior Achievement Program

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

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.

Visit the site to learn more, go straight to the majors offered to Maine students, or pick up a brochure in the College Advising Office.

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:

  1. 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/)
  2. 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:

  1. Air Force ROTC
  2. Army ROTC
  3. Navy & Marine Corps ROTC

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. 


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