Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards

In recognition of the unique talents and interests of its entering students, the University of Maine at Presque Isle offers a number of merit-based awards, scholarships, and grants. Most do not require an entering student to show financial need. Additionally, there are scholarship opportunities, such as the Aroostook Aspirations Intiative available regionally, that incoming students may want to explore.

Merit Awards

The University of Maine at Presque Isle understands that earning a degree is a very valuable endeavor and we are committed to offering you opportunities to offset the costs through our Student Academic Scholarship Program. You will be rewarded for your hard work in academic areas. The awards below are geared toward traditional students coming right out of high school, and students transferring from out-of-state colleges and universities. These scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance.

In-State Merit Awards

$4000 Merit Award (John Hill Blue)
Students must:
1) Score 1100+ on the SAT between Critical Reading & Math (24 ACT)
2) Be in the top 25% of class rank with a high school GPA of 3.0.

$2000 Merit Award (John Hill Gold)
Students must:
1) Score 900+ on the SAT between Critical Reading & Math (19 ACT)
2) Be in the top 50% of class rank or have a high school GPA of 2.75.

$1000 Merit Award (John Hill Bronze)
Students must:
1) Score 800+ on the SAT between Critical Reading & Math (16 ACT)
2) Be in the top 50% of class rank.

Out-of-State Merit Awards

$5000 Merit Award (EDGE Blue)
Students must:
1) Score 1100+ on the SAT between Critical Reading & Math (24 ACT)
2) Be in the top 25% of class rank with a high school GPA of 3.0.

$2500 Merit Award (EDGE Gold)
Students must:
1) Score 900+ on the SAT between Critical Reading & Math (19 ACT)
2) Be in the top 50% of class rank or have a high school GPA of 2.75.

Canadian Merit Awards

These awards are for students who have not earned an undergraduate degree.
$5000 to students with a Canadian academic average of 80 or above.
$2500 to students with a Canadian academic average of between 70-80.

Maine Community College Transfer Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship ($4000 annually):

  • For students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA from a Maine Community College, who were members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society,  and who transfer  directly to UMPI within 3 years of completing their studies
  • Renewable for two years, if the student maintains a 3.00 cumulative GPA at UMPI, successfully completes 12 semester hours of credit delivered by UMPI each term, and lives  in a UMPI residence hall for his or her first year after transferring

Transfer Achievement Scholarship ($2000 annually):

  • For students with a 2.75 cumulative GPA in a minimum of  24 hours of residency credit at a Maine Community College, and who transfer directly to UMPI within three years of completing their studies
  • Renewable for two years, if the student maintains a 2.75 cumulative GPA at UMPI, successfully completes 12 semester hours of credit delivered by UMPI each term, and lives  in a UMPI residence hall for his or her first year after transferring

Out-of-State Transfer Merit Awards

$5000 to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
$2500 to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 – 3.24.

International Merit Awards

$5000 Merit Award (International EDGE Blue Award)
Students must score 1100+ on the SAT between Critical Reading & Math (24 ACT)

$2500 Merit Award (International EDGE Gold Award)
Students must score 900+ on the SAT between Critical Reading & Math (19 ACT)

General Eligibility Guidelines for Merit Awards

  • The student must have a completed admission file and the student must be accepted into a degree program.
  • The student must be currently enrolled in an accredited high school or state/provincial approved home schooled program.  The EDGE Transfer awards are exempt from this requirement.
  • The student must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester which are delivered by the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Courses offered online by another institution are not considered credits for the purposes of this requirement.
  • The student must maintain satisfactory academic progress in his/her chosen major, successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours (delivered by the University of Maine at Presque Isle) per semester and maintain the specific GPA requirement of the award that they receive.  A student who loses eligibility due to academic performance or failure to complete the semester will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.
  • The student will be eligible to renew the award for an additional seven continuous semesters for a total of eight semesters.  EDGE Transfer scholarship recipients have individual renewal eligibility limits.
  • Students who are eligible for the University of Maine System Waiver Programs, as well as the New England Board of Higher Education Tuition Break Program (NEBHE) are not eligible to receive these scholarships.
  • Student Academic Scholarships are traditional fall and spring term awards and cannot be used for summer terms.

Freshman Foundation Scholarships

Allen Scholarship
This scholarship is given to a high school graduate from the Caribou area, who will be a full-time student. The Allen Scholarship was named for Ralph W. Allen, a Caribou native who was active in business and civic affairs and served in the State Legislature.

Baker Scholarship
This scholarship is given to students from Aroostook County with a preference for those from Presque Isle. Recipients must be registered full-time. The Baker Scholarship was established in 1994 in memory of Dorothy and Gordon Baker.

Christie Scholarship
The Christie Scholarship is given to Aroostook County students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and have a good academic record. The scholarship was named for P. Arnold Christie, a long-time resident of Aroostook County.

Corey Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a “fairly recent graduate of Caribou High School.” The recipient must demonstrate high academic achievement and promise. The scholarship was named for George T. Corey, a long-time resident of Caribou.

Doughty Scholarship
The Doughty scholarship is awarded to a full-time student pursuing a degree in teaching or nursing, funded through the generosity of alumnus Robert S. Doughty, Jr. The student must be from Aroostook County and demonstrate financial need.

Flewelling Lamoreau Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student from Aroostook County with a good work ethic, high moral characteristics and ethical standards, and one who promises high academic achievement and will contribute to college life and society. It was established in memory of Florence Flewelling Lamoreau by her family.

Frank W. Hussey Scholarship
The Hussey Scholarship is awarded to a full-time, “all-around” student from Aroostook County who shows academic promise. The scholarship was established by the family in 1995.

Maine Potato Growers Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student. The recipient must show scholastic achievement, demonstrate financial need, and be a resident of Maine. Preference is given to candidates who completed high school in areas serviced by MPG, Inc.

Maine Public Service Company Scholarship
The MPS Scholarship is awarded to a full-time Aroostook County resident with preference given to a student pursuing a vocation useful in a career with Maine Public Service Company.

Freda C. Mitchell Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student who shows academic promise and has financial need. Consideration is given to married, non-traditional students. The scholarship was established in memory of Freda Mitchell, former Director of Financial Aid at UMPI.

George & Clara Morris Scholarship
These scholarships are awarded to Limestone High School graduates who demonstrate leadership, upright character, scholastic standing, financial need and service to the community.

Charles A. Nutter Scholarship
The Nutter Scholarship is awarded to students from the Mars Hill area. It was created in 1984 by members of the Mars Hill Rotary Club in memory of Charles A. Nutter.

Paris Snow Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to high school graduates, preferably from Aroostook County, who show interest in environmental-related studies, political science, or public management.

Presque Isle Rotary Scholarship
Awarded to a student from Aroostook County who exemplifies an ethic of community service.

Ruby Ashby Snowman Memorial Scholarship
The Snowman Scholarship is awarded to a full-time student from the State of Maine majoring in education.

Other Types of Financial Aid Awards

Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund
This scholarship has been created by the University of Maine System to assist Maine adult learners in completing their academic studies. These scholarships are for adult students returning to college after an absence of three years or more who are completing their first baccalaureate degree. A continuing scholarship, recipients may be eligible for as much as $4,000 per year for up to four years. Click here to learn more.

American Indian Scholarship Program
Waivers covering tuition and fees are available for eligible members of the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Tribes and other persons who have resided in Maine for at least one year and who have at least one parent or grandparent on the census of a North American Indian tribe or who hold a band number of the Micmac or Maliseet Tribes. In addition, room and board charges are subsidized for those eligible students residing in residence facilities. Indian Scholarship Program funds, when combined with other forms of assistance, cannot exceed total costs of education. Inquiries should be directed to the Native American Coordinator, located in Preble Hall.

Trustee Waiver Program
Tuition waivers are awarded to students whose presence would enhance the University experience for all students. The recipients may be gifted scholars, accomplished artists, or from groups significantly under-represented on a campus. The waivers are renewable providing the student meets the renewal requirements of the Program.

War Orphan and Widow Tuition Waivers
Tuition may be waived for persons qualifying under subchapter 37-A MRSA, Section 50-J to 50-M.

Tuition Waivers for Children of Fire Fighters and Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty
Tuition waivers are available for children of fire fighters or law enforcement officers who have been killed or who have received an injury during the performance of duties which results in death.

Public Benefit Programs
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is approved by the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, the Maine Rehabilitation Commission, and other public agencies for educational benefits under a variety of programs.

Malcolm E. and Cecilia Gagnon Murphy Scholarship
Scholarship awarded to a senior art major who is a graduate of an Aroostook County high school. Must have a GPA of at least 2.5.

University Work Program
A limited number of jobs are available on campus for students who are not eligible for financial assistance.

University Grant
University Grants are available as part of the financial aid package for students demonstrating financial need.

Academic Scholarships
The University of Maine at Presque Isle awards four Academic Scholarships for each academic year. These include two $1,000 Presidential Scholarships and two $500 Vice-Presidential Scholarships. The scholarships are renewable providing the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. The scholarships will be awarded to incoming freshmen based primarily on high school success in academic scholarship and SAT or ACT scores. School citizenship, extra-curricular school and community activities will also be considered.

 

There are nearly 50 other scholarships available to returning UMPI students. For information about these scholarships, please visit the UMPI portal or contact the Student Financial Services Office.