2020 ATLANTIC FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SCHOLARSHIP– Scholarships ranging from $1000 to $10,000 are available to any student who is a primary account member of Atlantic Federal Credit Union. Account must be open with a balance. Visit www.atlanticfcu.com for an application and rules of the scholarship. Completed document package can be submitted in person, or by mail/email and must be received or postmarked no later than March 27, 2020.
POWERING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship was established to assist people with disabilities who wish to pursue post-secondary education. The scholarship will provide awards of $2000 each to 3 selected candidates. Applicants must have a documented disability, B average or equivalent GPA and an acceptance letter from a post-secondary institution. Visit www.alphaonenow.org for an application. Application is due on April 1, 2020.
ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP – Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating seniors from Sanford High School, Massabesic High School or the Technical Center. Additional scholarships will be awarded based on the availability of funds. The scholarship committee will consider scholarship, financial need, intended course of study, citizenship, extra-curricular and outside interests, and other pertinent data with no particular weight assessed to any one area. Application can be found at www.ssrotary.org on the right hand side of the website, about halfway down. Applications must be returned to Mrs. Cormier in the School Counseling Office no later than April 8th.
SANFORD SPRINGVALE SOCCER ASSOCIATION – Two scholarships are available for one young man and one young woman who have participated for at least two years in the Sanford Springvale Soccer Association and has demonstrated a continued passion for the sport throughout high school. Please visit www.sanfordsoccer.com to download and print the application. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 11, 2020.
KIDS CHANCE OF MAINE SCHOLARSHIP – Provides scholarships for children of workers that have been seriously injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident or occupational disease. Current annual scholarship amounts range from $1000 to $5000 and are determined based on the student’s financial need. Apply online at www.kidschanceofmaine.org. Deadline to submit your application is April 15, 2020.
HORATIO ALGER CAREER & TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP – Receive up to $2500 to pursue a career and technical education. Must enroll in a two year or less career or technical degree/certification program and demonstrate financial need to qualify. To apply online, visit www.horatioalger.org. Deadline is April 15, 2020.
MAINE BLUE COLLAR SCHOLARSHIP – Scholarships ranging from $500 - $2500 are available to students pursuing a career in the trades. This scholarship can be utilized to purchase tools, uniforms, books or for tuition and housing at a trade school. Applications are available online at www.mainebluecollar.com. Application deadline is April 15, 2020.
MAINE SPORTS HALL OF FAME SCHOLARSHIP – Five $5000 scholarships will be awarded to five of Maine’s most outstanding high school senior Scholar Athletes. Recipients will be selected based on outstanding athletic ability and performance, academic aptitude and achievements, and school leadership and community service. The application is now available online at www.mshof.com/scholarship. Scholarship applications and all supporting materials are due by April 17, 2020.
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP – Several scholarships are available to graduating students who have a dues-paying MSEA-SEIU relative. Scholarships will be based on character, leadership, service to others, financial need and scholastic ability. Pick up an application in the School Counseling Office. Application and all required data must be received by April 17, 2020.
MARCEL “MIKE” DRAPEAU ALUMNI BAND SCHOLARSHIP – This $1,000 scholarship is available to a student who is planning to pursue a four-year school with a major or minor in music. This student must demonstrate the following characteristics: superb musical talent, leadership as a musician and commitment to community service. Come to the School Counseling Office to pick up an application. Application must be returned by April 24, 2020.
YORK COUNTY RETIRED EDUCATORS’ ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP – Two scholarships in the amount of $1500 are available to students planning to pursue a degree in the field of education. Criteria for this scholarship are: strength of academics, extra-curricular activities, community involvement and financial need. A copy of the scholarship is available in the School Counseling Office. Application due date is April 24, 2020
YORK COUNTY RETIRED EDUCATORS’ ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP – One scholarship in the amount of $1500 is available to a student entering a 4-year college or university in a non-teaching field. Criteria for this scholarship are: strength of academics, extra-curricular activities, community involvement and financial need. A copy of the scholarship is available in the School Counseling Office Application due date is April 24, 2020
YORK COUNTY RETIRED EDUCATORS’ ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP – One scholarship in the amount of $1500 is available to a student entering a Community/Junior College program including but not limited to stem, nursing, paralegal, plumbing, mechanics, etc. It must be a two-year program. Criteria for this scholarship are: strength of academics, extra-curricular activities, community involvement and financial need. A copy of the scholarship is available in the School Counseling Office. Application due date is April 24, 2020
SANFORD/SPRINGVALE FISH & GAME PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP – This $1000 scholarship is available to students who will be furthering their education in conservation, environmental sciences, wildlife management, forestry, warden services, or marine biology. Applications are available in the School Counseling Office. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2020.
STEPHEN PHILLIPS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND – This renewable four-year scholarship is available to students with financial need who display academic achievement, a commitment to serving others (in school, the community or at home), a consistent history of part-time work, grit and passion for overcoming obstacles and/or achieving future goals, and leadership qualities. For more information about applying, visit www.phillips-scholarship.org. Regular deadline is May 1, 2020 and early response deadline is April 3, 2020.
2020 MITCHELL SCHOLARSHIP – A $10,000 scholarship is available to one Sanford High School student. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who will be attending either a two or four year degree program at a college either in or out-of-state. The strongest applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic promise, and community impact. The online application is available at www.mitchellinstitute.org/scholarship/. The completed online application, transcript, recommendation letter, and Student Aid Report will be due by May 1, 2020. Copies of the college acceptance and financial aid award letters will be due by June 1, 2020. (Please note they have extended their deadline dates)
ACTON SCHOLARSHIPS – Several scholarships are available to graduating seniors who attended Acton Schools. Pick up your scholarship packet in the School Counseling Office. Application deadline is May 1, 2020.
GIRLS WHO GRANT SCHOLARSHIP – This $1,000 scholarship is available to one Sanford High School female that exhibits the following organizational values: volunteerism, empowerment, philanthropy, collaboration and advocacy. Application forms are available in the School Counseling Office. Application deadline is May 1, 2020.
ARRIVE ALIVE CREATIVE CONTEST – This contest is open to graduating seniors who wish to send a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangers of distracted driving. Submit essays, poems, paintings, videos, original songs, public service announcements, t-shirt designs, board games, drawings and more to qualify for prizes. First place winner receives a new laptop, second and third place winners receive a new iPad and everyone who enters receive fun prizes. This contest is sponsored by the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein. For a set of rules, go to www.arrivealivecreativecontest.com.The deadline for the contest is May 8, 2020.
ROSS SCHOLARSHIP LOAN – Available to students who are seeking further education and who will recognize a moral obligation to restore the amount awarded to the loan fund with the hope that future students may receive the same benefit. This loan will be interest free to the student. Applications are available in the School Counseling Office and should be returned to Mrs. Cormier by May 15, 2020.
RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY – GEORGE V. SOULE SCHOLARSHIP – A $4000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who will be starting his/her education in one of the following areas of study: Wildlife Conservation, Conservation Law Enforcement, Forest Management or a closely related field. Visit www.rgsmaine.org for more information and application forms. Applications must be received by May 15, 2020. (Please note they have extended their deadline date)
DAVE AHERN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (SANFORD MAINERS) – This $2100 scholarship is for an elite two-sport athlete who exemplifies great leadership and whose positive attitude encourages the growth of fellow teammates, or for a dedicated student who displays a strong passion for the arts and carries a GPA of an above 3.0 average. An application is available at http://sanfordmainers.pointstreaksites.com. Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2020.
YORK COUNTY COUNCIL OF REALTORS SCHOLARSHIP - $2500 scholarships are available to students who plan to advance their education and attend any 2 or 4 year college or vocational/trade school. An application form can be obtained at www.yorkcountycouncil.com. Applications must be postmarked by May 22, 2020. (Please note they have extended their deadline date)
PB & J Scholarship – A $1000 scholarship is available to students who have experienced challenges in their life that may not have allowed them to reflect well academically but who have the drive to succeed. Apply at http://bit.ly/pbjscholarship. Deadline for application is May 31, 2020.
A.J. DAVIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Available to any Sanford High School graduate. Must attend graduation or awards banquet. Application can be picked up in the School Counseling Office. Application deadline is May 31, 2020.
CAPITAL AUTO AUCTION STEM SCHOLARSHIP – This $1000 scholarship is available to any student who will be majoring in a STEM field of study (or related field). Applications are available at www.capitalautoauction.com. Deadline date is August 15, 2020.
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP.ORG – The following link will bring you to available scholarships being offered to Maine students.Visit www.studentscholarships.org for a list of scholarships.Newsletter is available for download at https://www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php.
MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS – Create an account and have access to many different scholarships.Log in and sign up at www.mainecf.org.
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The Maine Community Foundation's Financial Aid Resource Page
loan calculator that will bring you in touch with the reality of what loans will cost over time
Embark is for Maine students who are undecided about college, yet who have the potential to succeed in college. They also provide scholarships of up to $2,000 to a Maine community college—nearly half the cost of tuition. Scholarship recipients receive $500 for each semester of college. Our rep is Ms. Gagne who visits SHS regularly to assist students.
FAFSA - Where financial aid begins--CRUCIAL for all types of aid. FAFSA opens October 1st each year. Each school has a specific priority filing deadline for FAFSA. Check your colleges financial aid website for specific dates. The resulting report is necessary for many scholarships including any local offerings.
Profile - Some private and/or competitive colleges require you to fill out the Profile, a more detailed financial aid form.
Fame - Provides free information on planning and paying for college (including info on special Maine-only programs), career preparation and financial education, including responsible borrowing.
MES - Provides products and services to Maine students and families who need assistance in financing their higher education. MES is an administrator and servicer of student loans and scholarships.
Pell Grants - Unlike a loan, it does not have to be repaid. Awarded usually only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree.
US Gov - Uncle Sam has grants to apply for too. Don't miss out.
College Board- Big Future has got some good ideas about paying for college.