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Scholarships for College
Monday, April 14, 2014

The following list contains scholarship notices that are sent to Cheverus. See your Guidance Counselor for more information, or visit the website associated with the scholarship. International students, please visit this site.

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

UPCOMING DEADLINES 

April 25 Deadline

  • Live in Portland, South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Westbook or Falmouth? Financially needy for college? See Guidance for the application for the Kenneth Jordan Higgins memorial scholarship.
  • Society of Women Engineers, Maine Chapter - one $500 scholarship to a student intending to major in engineering. Here is the application.
  • Law Enforcement majors-see Guidance Office for Maine Police Emerald Society Kevin Riordan Presidential Scholarship ($500).
  • Residents of Freeport, Pownal and Durham can apply for the $2,000 Rotary Scholarship based on academic achievement and financial need. See Guidance for application.

May 1 Deadline

  • 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. 
  • James V. Day Scholarship through the American Legion to descendents of a ME Legionnaire. See Guidance for application.
  • Daniel E. Lambert Memorial Scholarship through American Legion if parent or grandparent is a veteran. See Guidance for application.
  • 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. Email nawicMaine@aol.com for application.
  • Guy P. Gannett Scholarship Fund for journalism majors (print or broadcast journalism majors only). See Guidance for application.

May 15 Deadline

  • 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 40 colleges on their list.

May 21 Deadline

Portland Area Youth Soccer Association $500 scholarship opportunity - applications in Guidance Office

May 22 Deadline

  • Deering Little League - information in Guidance Office
  • Annual "Arrive Alive" Creative Contest - send a message to your peers about texting & driving www.arrivealivecreativecontest.com

May 30 Deadline

  • 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. 
  • $5,000 scholarship: Essay Contest from Penguin Books.

June 30 Deadline 

  • Portland Seadogs and NextGen: $1,000 scholarship, open to grades 9-12. Essay Required
  • For males enrolling at UMO: SigEp's Balanced Man Scholarship. Two $1,000 scholarships for those of sound body and mind. Applications available in Guidance.
  • Maine State Nursing Association offers a $1,000 scholarship if  you are a nursing major in Maine with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Application available in Guidance.
July 12 Deadline

Deadlines have passed for these scholarships:

October 2

Wendy's High School Heisman-students with a B average & participate in one school-sponsored sport

October 25

November 12

Essay Contest about George Washington.

December 15 Deadline

January 7 Deadline

January 9 Deadline

January 13 Deadline

  • 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.

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 Scholarship for Women (going to MMA or majoring in a transportation area? This might be for you) $2500. See Guidance for application.

January 31 Deadline

  • Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering majors $2,000 scholarships for one year. See Guidance for application.
  • MLK Essay Contest: $4,000 scholarship to UNE and other prizes. 

February 1 Deadline

February 8 Deadline

KFC Colonel Scholars. Apply after December 1.

February 17 Deadline

March 1 Deadline

  • Maine Society of Professional Engineers: 2 $2500 scholarships. Minimum SAT scores 600 Math or 29 ACT math. See Guidance for application.
  • Mainely Character Scholarship - based solely on courage, integrity, responsibility, and concern for others.

March 15 Deadline

  • Kohl's Cares - see your Guidance 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.

March 28 Deadline

  • The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department announces the Student/Athlete Scholarship.  The scholarship will award two grants for a deserving female and male student.  Click here for an application.

April 1 Deadine

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern ME Alumni Association for those involved in B&G Clubs. Ten scholarships will be awarded in amounts that range from $500-2,000. See Guidance for application.
  • Island Institute Scholarship for those living on Maine's 15 unbridged islands.
  • Maine Inn Keeper's Association for students majoring in hospitality or culinary. Please see Guidance for application.
  • Alpha One "Powering Education" Scholarship. Students with disabilities. Three $2000 scholarships.
  • Westbrook Knights of Columbus offers 2 $500 scholarships for involved students. Children & grandchildren of active K of C will be given preference. See Guidance for application.
  • Maine Snowmobile Association offers 2 scholarships to those who have been MSA members for 2 years.
  • Margaret Chase Smith Essay Contest for Maine high school seniors. $1,000 1st prize, $500 2nd place. 

April 11 Deadline

  • Maine Education Services offers several scholarships: business major, engineering major.
  • Maine Driver Education Association - Two $500 scholarships to encourage and assist young people in Maine to start post High School Education in any field. Forms in Guidance Office.
  • 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. $900 scholarship.
  • Living with epilepsy or does a family member? Check out this scholarship opportunity.
  • 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 mid January.
  • Write an essay about social media and privacy and win a $2500 scholarship from PeopleSmart!
  • Scott Searway Scholarship.  For a student accepted to Maine Maritime Academy and planning to be in th regiment. Applications in the Guidance Office.

 

Articles about Paying for College
Monday, April 14, 2014

Recent press about paying for college

April 2014

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September 2013

How Divorce Affects Financial Aid (or, who files FAFSA?)

July 2013

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

January 2013

The best article on EFC -in depth info on how to figure it out based on your income (AGI).

September 2012

Kiplinger's Personal Finance has 7 great tips

April 2012

Time Magazine's '6 myths about financial aid'.

March 2012

Using the internet to search for scholarships: tips from USA Today newspaper

February 2012

NASDAQ article about paying someone to file your FAFSA & expensive FAFSA advice

January 2012

"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.

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.

College-Based Scholarships
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Colleges often offer scholarships, sometimes 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

  1. Anna Maria College-New England Catholic High School Scholarship: $15,000 per year for four years.
  2. 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.
  3. Regis College Presidential Catholic Scholarship: Full tuition for 4 years, must have 3.5gpa and be nominated by High School Principal.
  4. St Michael's College of Vermont Edmundite Scholarship offers $5,000 per year for four years at St Michael's.

Criteria: graduation from a Jesuit high school

  1. All 28 Jesuit colleges' merit scholarships are here. Not all require graduation from a Jesuit high school.
  2. 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 (3.5, 24 ACT or 1090 SAT CR+M required).
  3. LeMoyne College Ignatian Scholarship offers $15,000 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. Separate application required.

Criteria: a certain major

  1. STEM Major (science, tech, engineering, math) at USM Pioneers Scholarship
  2. Computer Science majors: full tuition at Marist College in NY.
  3. UMaine Orono - full tuition Pulp & Paper Scholarship for engineering majors who are aware of and open to pulp & paper careers.
  4. Cooperative Education Scholarship at one of the 7 Co-Op Colleges (Drexel, Johnson & Wales, Kettering, Wentworth, RIT, U of Cincinnati, U of Toledo)
  5. Latin Majors: a full, 4-year scholarship to John Carroll University (Jesuit, Ohio) 
  6. Physics Majors at Marietta College (Ohio) can compete for an $18,000 award.

Criteria: High Achievers

  1. Boston University Trustee Scholarship requires a separate application & nomination from High School Principal.
  2. Northeastern's top merit award is $20,000 (& several Cheverus seniors earned it).
  3. Stonehill's top merit award is $18,000 (& several Cheverus seniors earned it).
  4. WPI's top merit award is $20,000 for #1 in the class.
  5. USM: Presidential Scholarship, $5,000. See Guidance for nomination form.
  6. UMO: top 5 in class rank earns the highest merit money amount of $8,000. No separate app required.
  7. University of Toledo Presidential Scholarship if 3.8GPA, 30 ACT or 1340 SAT (CR+Math): full tuition, room and board for all 4 years.
  8. Seton Hall: 27 ACT or 1200 SAT (CR+Math) and top 10% of their high school class gets reduced tuition.

Criteria: student from Maine or New England

  1. College of Idaho Visionary Scholars Program offers a $10,000 scholarship to students of New England who are admitted with a 3.0 gpa and 22 ACT or 1030 CR+M SAT score.
  2. University of Kansas Non Resident Renewable Scholarships: KU Excellence Award of $9300/yr if 3.5 GPA and 28 ACT or 1250 SAT (CR+Math).

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.

 

Jesuit Merit Scholarships
Saturday, March 22, 2014

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. 

FAFSA Night was held on 11/4/2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013

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 January or February of senior year, and it only becomes available on January 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.

Least Expensive Ways to Earn a Degree
Friday, September 14, 2012

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
Tuition Break for New England Residents
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

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, and URI for landscape architecture and ocean engineering.

Money-Making Majors
Saturday, April 28, 2012

I suspect that your primary interest in earning a degree is not making money, but finding a fulfilling career.

You might be interested in what jobs will be plentiful in the years ahead. This website, although complicated, is where you can "view the job groups, the current number of people employed, projected growth to 2020, salaries of those in the job, and education levels of those in the profession." Spend some time on the site and enjoy!

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