The Maine State Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program recognizes two Maine high school seniors planning to pursue education at a two or four year degree-granting college. Preference may be given to a student attending a Maine college. One scholarship is for a student pursuing an associates degree in a technical program and one scholarship is for a student pursuing a bachelors degree in a business related area. One scholarship is given to an adult learner planning to pursue an education at a two-year degree granting college. Preference may be given to a student attending a Maine college and seeking a degree in a business- or education-related field.
Awards are made on the basis of:Must meet federal financial aid criteria for independent student status. To be considered an independent student, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Born before January 1, 1988 or
- Legally married or
- Enrolled in a graduate level or professional education program or
- Have legal dependents other than a spouse or
- Be an orphan or ward of the court (or were a ward of the court until age 18) or
- Be a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
- Academic excellence measured by the content of the student’s transcript and GPA
- Applicant’s activities, including employment and contributions to community
- Financial need, represented by the applicant’s Student Aid Report (SAR)
- Letter of recommendation from an official at the student’s high school or adult’s community.
- Essay describing challenges that businesses face in Maine
Complete the on-line application and forward all supplementary information to the following address:
Attn: Maine State Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
131 Presumpscot Street
Portland, ME 04103
Three $1,500 awards
The completed online scholarship application, and any supplemental documents must be submitted to MES and postmarked by April 19, 2013. Scholarship awards will be announced in May of the application year. Awards will be made jointly to the students and their colleges after successful completion of the first semester. Scholarships may be deferred for one year.
- The following requirements may be completed filling out an online application - available in February:
- Applicant information
- College information
- Special financial circumstances
- School/community activities
- Work experience
The following forms should be sent to the above address by April 19, 2013.
- Transcript release form
- School or community recommendation form
- Student Aid Report (SAR) which includes your expected family contribution (EFC), income information, and number of family members