UNITED STATES JCI SENATE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP – Each year $1000 grants will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools.To download an application, go to www.usjcisenate.org/scholarship-program.Your application must be postmarked no later than January 24, 2020.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS SCHOLARSHIP – One $2,000 scholarship is available for an outstanding high school senior who plans to have a career in civil engineering.  The recipient will be selected based on: academic performance in high school, participation in extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and statement of interest in civil engineering.  Pick up your application in the School Counseling Office.  Application deadline is January 31, 2020.

MEDEA (MAINE DRIVER EDUCATION ASSOC.) SCHOLARSHIP – Two $500 scholarships are available to help encourage and assist young people of Maine to start a post-secondary education in the field of vocational, technical or academic study. One scholarship will be available for any resident of Maine and a second scholarship for MEDEA member’s family.  Must have a Course Completion Certificate/Temporary Permit. Application is available in the School Counseling Office. Application & essay must be postmarked by January 31, 2020.


CLYDE RUSSELL SCHOLARSHIP FUND – Variety of eligible categories open to all graduating students.In granting the awards, they will consider personal traits and qualities, extracurricular activities, community activities, academic ability and motivation, and personal goals and objectives.  There are two different award categories:  seniors attending a four year college and seniors attending a Maine community college. Applications may be downloaded at www.clyderussellscholarshipfund.org.The application deadline is February 1, 2020.

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION SCHOLARSHIP – A variety of scholarships are available to students pursuing different areas of study such as history, education, nursing, medicine, science, math and law.Visit dar.org for more scholarship information.Scholarship applications will be accepted through February 15, 2020.

WTS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP – Two scholarships in the amounts of $2500 and $1000 are available for two outstanding female high school seniors who demonstrate an interest in science, technology, engineering and math, and who are considering a career in the transportation industry. The recipient will be selected based on: academic performance in high school, participation in extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. Applications can be found at www.wtsinternational.org/maine/documents. Application deadline is February 15, 2020.


MAINELY CHARACTER SCHOLARSHIP – You could win a $2500 or $5000 scholarship based on character, integrity, responsibility and concern for others. Applications for this year’s scholarships are due March 1st.  Students can learn more and apply by visiting www.mainelycharacter.org.

FRIENDS OF YORK HOSPITAL SCHOLARSHIP – Two $3,000 scholarships are available to students who plan to enter the medical/healthcare field.  Finalists are selected largely on the basis of financial need, academic merit and health care objectives.  Applications are available in the School Counseling Office.  Applications must be postmarked by March 16, 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 April 1, 2020. Copies of the college acceptance and financial aid award letters will be due by May 1, 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.

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.


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.

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.



STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP.ORGThe 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.

Financial Aid

Tuition Break gets you in-state tuition in another New England state if the major you want isn't offered at a Maine State University.

The Maine Community Foundation's Financial Aid Resource Page

Here's a 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.