There are many different places to search for scholarships to help make college more affordable—a great place to start is in the Guidance Office.

There are, generally speaking, three types of scholarships that you should look at:

1. ELHS Scholarships: Generous donations from the ELHS Community make these scholarships possible for local students.  The ELHS Community is incredibly giving and donates  money to scholarships that are awarded to seniors each spring.   The application forms for these scholarships will become available in the spring of your senior year.  Local scholarships are the best place to start. 

2. Scholarships awarded by your college or university: This type of scholarship might include a Merit Scholarship, Trustee Scholarship, Presidential Scholarships, Athletic Scholarship, Music Scholarship, etc.  Sometimes you must send in an additional essay to apply for a scholarship at a particular college, and sometimes you are automatically in the running just by submitting your application.  Some colleges will only consider students who apply before the a specific date to qualify for institutional scholarships.  The UMO priority date is December 1st.  At some colleges SAT scores alone can qualify you for a Merit Scholarship, though most colleges look at a combination of GPA, level of coursework, and test scores. Be sure to check with your college admissions office about applying for these scholarships.

3. Outside scholarships: There are many state and national scholarships that students can apply for each year.  For example, the Mitchell Institute awards a scholarship to a top student at every Maine high school who plans to attend college in Maine (you have to apply to be eligible!).  There are many other scholarships available nationally--you can search online for these scholarships.  Some of them are extremely competitive.

Please see Mrs. Bishop in the Guidance Office to pick up scholarship applications and to request your transcript.  

Try looking at the scholarship search engines hosted on these sites:





US Scholarships and Grants


One thing to remember: NEVER pay a website to perform a scholarship search for you!  Businesses that claim to find students scholarship opportunities for a fee are typically scams, and will at best yield results comparable to the many free scholarship searches that are available.


Below we will list scholarships that come to our attention throughout the year.  The list is certainly only a sample of the many scholarships available to students.  We will be adding scholarships as they come to the guidance office, so be sure to check back on occasion for new postings!

Maine Scholarships

Maine Community Foundation: Various Scholarships & Due Dates
The Maine Community Foundation established its first scholarship fund in 1984. Now, through the generosity of individuals, community organizations, and businesses that believe in the importance of education, the community foundation awards more than $2 million each year from more than 450 scholarship funds.

University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation Scholarships: Due December 31, 2016.

The University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation was incorporated in 1952  to provide support for the education and preparation of engineering graduates for challenging and rewarding careers in the pulp and paper and supplier industries. By encouraging and financially supporting UMaine engineering students the industry knows it will have  access to highly talented graduates who have strong academic and communication skills, along with a proven employment record and familiarity with the industry's process technology. Potential value of the scholarship is more than $35,000.

WTS Maine High School Scholarship: Due January 15, 2016.

WTS fosters the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals and students to undertake technical careers in the area of transportation. One way this is accomplished is by awarding the WTS– Maine High School Scholarship to young women pursuing undergraduate studies in science, technology, engineering, or math.

The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program: Due January 20.

The American Legion High School Oratorical contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The contest begins with a local competition, moves to district, then to the state competition in Waterville at Thomas College on February 13th at 9:00 am.  The winner from Maine will then attend the National competition.  Awards at the state level range from $125 to $1500.  The National winner is awarded $18000.  Please contact Sara Glynn Little (890-7189) or Richard Walthers (743-2193) for more information about local competition dates.

Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers: Due January 31st.

The Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers will award two $2000 scholarships to two outstanding high school seniors who plan a career in civil engineering.  The recipients will be selected based on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, letters of recommendation and statement of interest in civil engineering.  Students must show proof of enrollment in a four year AABET accredited Civil Engineering program before the check is issued.  They will hold the scholarship up to two years if necessary until a Civil Engineering major is declared. Applications are available  by emailing Leslie Corrow, P.E. at

Clyde Russell Scholarship Fund: Due _________. (Site not yet updated)

The Clyde Russell Scholarship Fund was created by the Maine Education Association through a trust established by the late Audrey Lewis. The Trustees have designated two different categories of awards: (1) Graduating High School Seniors who will attend a 4-year college - up to $10,000; and (2) Graduating High School Seniors who will Attend a Maine Community College - up to $2000.

Maine Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship: Due March 3.

Two scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors enrolling in an engineering program and intending to enter the practice of engineering after graduation. Scholarships will be at least $2500. Applications will be available in Guidance.

Shaw-Worth Memorial Scholarship: Due March 25, 2016.

Since 1965, the award has been assisting students who, in the course of working in the service of animals, demonstrate a deep respect for animals and people. 

Administered by The HSUS, the award provides $2,500 in tuition assistance, payable to the college or university at which the recipient will be matriculating in 2015. Students from New England public, private, parochial and vocational schools are eligible.

The Mitchell Scholarship.  Due April 1, 2016.

The Mitchell Institute awards a scholarship each year to a graduating senior from every public high school in Maine. The scholarship award is for $7,000 with the award paid out in four equal installments of $1,750. With this scholarship comes an array of personal, academic and professional support programs along with a network of over 2,000 Mitchell Scholars, Alumni, and partners. The focus of the Mitchell Institute has always been, and continues to be, Maine students attending Maine colleges and universities. In an effort to help as many Maine students as possible obtain a higher education, the Mitchell Institute also has scholarships available for Maine students planning to attend college out of state.

Alpha One "Powering Education" Scholarship: Due April 1, 2016.

Alpha One has been promoting independent living for people with disabilities in Maine for 30 years. This scholarship will provide awards of $2,000 each to 3 selected candidates for post-secondary school education, including both undergraduate college education as well as graduate programs. Students must have a documented disability and have at least a B average.

George V. Soule Scholarship: Due April 1. (Site not yet updated)

The Ruffed Grouse Society of Maine offers a $4000 scholarship to a deserving student who is planning to study in one of the following fields: Wildlife Conversation, Conservation Law Enforcement, Forest Management, or a related field that supports the broad goals of the Ruffed Grouse Society. Applicants must be a resident of Maine, successfully completed a high school diploma, and be entering an approved undergraduate program in the Fall of 2015. 

Maine Education Services Foundation Scholarships: Due April 1, 2016(Site not yet updated)

The MES Foundation administers scholarships for program sponsors.  Students can complete one quick, easy application they can use to apply to any of the scholarships offered. Scholarships include: The Richard H. & Scottie Pierce Family Foundation Scholarship (Multiple $1,000 scholarships), Maine Legislative Memorial Scholarship (16 - $1,000 scholarships), Maine State Chamber of Commerce Scholarship (2 - $1,500 scholarships), Maine Metal Products Association Scholarship (Amounts vary), Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship (2 - $2,500 scholarships).

Rural Rehabilitation Fund Scholarship: Due April 30. (Site not yet updated)

This scholarship is awarded each year to high school seniors from Maine who have been accepted to attend a college seeking an agricultural degree.

National Association of Women in Construction, Maine Chapter, Scholarship: Due May 1, 2016.

Members of the Maine Chapter are constantly looking for programs that will benefit the construction industry, and has participated in many programs over the years. Construction Expo of Maine has been the vehicle for the Maine Chapter to award thousands of dollars in scholarships to young men and women from Maine that are pursuing careers in construction-related fields. Awards of $500 to $1000 per year for up to four years are awarded.

University of Maine's SigEp Building Balanced Men Scholarship. Due July 17. (Site not yet updated)

Are you a leader, scholar, athlete, gentleman? If you are attending the University of Maine at Orono in the fall of 2015, you are eligible to apply to the Building Balanced Men Scholarship.  Two $1000 awards will be presented to those best exemplifying the Balanced Man Ideal that consists of the four traits listed above.

Southern Maine Women's Golf Association Scholarship. Due July 15. (Site not yet updated)

This scholarship fund was created to offer an annual scholarship to deserving women who have participated in some aspect of the game of golf and are planning to continue their education beyond high school. Six $750 scholarships were awarded last year.

FAME's Scholarship List:  Various Due Dates

The Finance Authority of Maine has over 100 scholarships listed on it's website.  You can use their search function or scan through the entire list to see for which scholarships you may be eligible.  Check the site now because some due dates may be coming up!

The Educators for Maine (EFM) Program is a competitive, merit-based, forgivable loan program for Maine students pursuing careers in teaching, including speech pathology and child development or childcare. Recipients must intend to work in Maine after completing their education and cannot currently hold state certification to teach or child care provider qualifications, as applicable. Recipients who do not perform eligible work in Maine at an eligible school or child care facility must repay the loan to FAME.

Maine Grants & Loans Programs: Various Due Dates.
The state of Maine offers a variety of grant and loan programs for careers that are integral to meeting the needs of the state. These programs may include stiplulations about going to school in Maine or living in Maine  These programs include: Doctors for Maine's Future Scholarship, Educators for Maine Program, John R. Justice Grant Program, Maine Dental Education Loan Program, Maine Dental Education Loan Repayment Program, Maine Health Professions Loan Program, Maine Veterinary Medicine Loan Program, State of Maine Grant Program, Tuition Waiver Program (Foster Care), Tuition Waiver Program (Public Servant).

Miscellaneous Scholarships

University Tutor Monthly Scholarship Program: Due Monthly

University Tutors holds a monthly essay contest and winners will receive a $1000 college scholarship. Students over the age of 16 are eligible to participate.  Essays are written in response to a prompt, they must be at least 300 words in length and must be submitted by 11:59 pm.

Varsity Tutors' Scholarship Contest : Due Monthly

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship.

Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award: Due Quarterly.

If you are an eligible current or college-bound student, you can enter to win the $2,500 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award. No purchase or student loan necessary to enter or win.

Applications are accepted in Cinematic Arts, Dance (including Ballet, Hip Hop, Choreography, and more), Design Arts (including Fashion, Architecture, Graphic Design and more), Jazz, Music, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, and Writing (including our new Spoken Word category). Applications are submitted online through a digital application tool called Acceptd.  Winners receive cash awards of up to $10,000. opportunity for nomination as a US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, access to significant scholarship opportunities, and a lifetime of mentoring and professional support.

Horacio Alger Scholarships: Due October 25, 2016.
As one of the nation's largest need-based scholarship programs in the country, the Horacio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives.  The Horacio Alger program seeks to recognize students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity as well as critical financial need.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States'  largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.  It honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level. State Honorees receive an award on $1000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. National Honorees receive an additional award of $5000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools/organizations, and a $5000 grant for a non-profit, charitable organization of their choice.

Boston University Scholarships: Due December 1, 2015.

Trustee Scholarship--Boston University's most prestigious full-tuition scholarship recognizes extraordinary academic performance and leadership ability. Students must submit an essay and be nominated by their principal or headmaster.

Presidential Scholarship--This $20,000 renewable tuition scholarship is awarded to students with exceptional academic achievements. No additional essays or nominations are required--all students need to do to be considered is apply for admission by December 1.

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest rated applicants in the 2015 competition. Any high school senior who is a US citizen may apply.  Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Students must submit their application to the Lewiston Elks Lodge, Belinda Ashworth, PO Box 341, Auburn, ME 04212 by December 5th.

2016 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program: Due January 7, 2016

This national program awards college scholarships to high school seniors who embody the characteristics of President Ronald Reagan at school, in the community, in the workplace, and at home. They are looking for students with leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. Recipients receive $10,000 renewable scholarships - up to $40,000 per student.

US JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Program: Due January 15, 2016.

Maine High School seniors are eligible to apply through the Maine JCI Senate Scholarship Program. The Maine JCI Senate will select two candidates for the next level of judging by the US JCI Senate Foundation.  Last year, the US JCI Senate Foundation awarded scholarships of $1,000 each to 20 students from the United States.  The Maine JCI Senate will award a small scholarship of $100 to each of the two Maine finalists.The application should be printed, signed and dated by the applicant, and mailed with attachments to the address below:

        Dana E. Hall, Maine JCI Senate Scholarship          Chairman

        174 Bearce Road

        Winthrop, ME 04364 

Washington Crossing Foundation: Due January 15, 2016.
Are you a history buff? Enjoy politics? Is government or military service in your future?  The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the FORTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL NATIONAL WASHINGTON CROSSING FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS for STUDENTS COMPLETING TWELFTH (or final high school year) in 2016 who are planning careers in government service. Scholarships range from $1000-$5000.

Northern New England Chapter-SWANA-Scholarship. Due January 15.

This scholarship is available to students committed to a degree closely ties to Solid Waste Management, Environmental Science, Engineering, or a related field of study. Applications are available in the Aspirations Lab.

Scholarships ranging from $1000-$3000 are awarded to scholarship recipients.  Eligible students must have MS, have a parent with MS, and must be planning to enroll in undergraduate study. They must meet residency requirements as well.

The Dearborn Foundation Scholarships:  Due February 15, 2016.

A scholarship foundation for those students majoring in physics or chemical,   electrical and mechanical engineering. We also offer scholarships for Precision Machining. The Dearborn Foundation is a non-profit organization created and developed in March of 1993 by Howard K. Dearborn, a successful businessman for over 50 years.  Since the program began eleven years ago, Mr. Dearborn has generously donated over one million dollars and has arranged for the Foundation to continue for many more years. Scholarships are available to qualifying United States citizens for education, research or experimentation.

13th Annual National CO-OP Scholarship Program:  Due February 15, 2016.

WACE encourages minority and female students as well as students interested in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) to apply for this merit co-op scholarship.  The scholarships are for students planning attend college at a partnering institution and participate in the co-op program.  Partnering institutions include: Clarkson, Drexel, Johnson & Wales, Kettering, Merrimack, Rochester Institute of TEchology, SUNY Oswego, University of Cincinnati, UMass Lowell, University of Toledo, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Diane E. Curtis Medical Scholarship: Due February 27.  

This scholarship is in honor of Diane E. Curtis who passed away after a 10 year battle with breast cancer.  Eligible students will have a sincere desire to become involved in the field of medicine. Applicants will be judged on their transcript, grades in science courses, demonstrated interest in the medical field, and a written essay.  

Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship: Due March 6, 2015. (Site not yet updated)

The Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship is looking to recognize seniors who participated in a varsity sport, have earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher, and have performed volunteer work in the community.  Applicants must write a short essay about how they have demonstrated sportsmanship.  Three $5000 awards will be given to New England students.

Ordenza Marketing Group Scholarship: Due March 30, 2016.

Eligible students must submit answers to essay questions on the application page and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.  1 scholarship of $500 will be awarded.

CHS Foundation Scholarships: Due April 1. (Site not yet updated)

The CHS Foundation awards 200 - $1000 scholarships to high school seniors planning to enroll in the fall of 2015 who plan to pursue an agricultural degree at a college or university in the United States, and are pursuing a STEM field of student with an interest in agriculture.

Peter Pasula Study Habits Scholarship: Due April 1. (Site not yet updated)
Students applying for the Study Habits Scholarship (1 award of $500) must be enrolled in a post-secondary program in any program that is at least two years in length.  Applicants must answer to essay question on the online application form.

The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund: Early Option Due April 10, 5pm. (Regular Application due May 2, 12 noon).

The Phillips Scholarship Fund offers renewable, 4-year scholarships to students from New England with financial need.  Successful candidates display academic achievement, service, good character, leadership, and financial responsibility.

2015 Maine State Employees Association Scholarships: Due April 17. (Site not yet updated)

All applicants of this scholarship must have a relationship with a dues-paying MSEA member (son/daughter, stepchild, under legal guardianship, grandchild who resides with grandparent). There are several scholarships for both full-time and part-time students.  Applicants will be judged by Character, Leadership, Service, Financial Need and Scholastic Ability. Students will find applications through the Forms and Applications link under the Features & Links heading on the left side of the page.

NECBAC Scholarship: Due May 15. (Site not yet updated)

Dedicated to promoting enrollment and retention to students of color, NECBAC (New England Counselors of Color Bridging Access to College) is awarding book scholarships to eligible students of color, graduating from a New England high school, and who will be enrolling full-time in a NECBAC member institution. In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit an official application, essay, and an official high school transcript through our website by the May 15, 2015 deadline. 

Caretenders Scholarship: Due May 31, 2016.

The Caretenders Scholarship is for students who meet the following eligibility requirements: attending an accredited university, college, trades, or technical school in the fall of 2015, be a resident of the US or Canada, and submit an online application along with the essay no later than May 31, 2015. 1 scholarship of $500 will be awarded.

10 Words or Less Scholarship: Due June 15. (Site not yet updated)

To be eligible for the 10 Words or Less Scholarship, a student must be between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the fall of 2015 and must submit and answer to the question of Facebook page.

Global Lift Equipment Scholarships: Due June 15, 2016.

The Global Lift Equipment Scholarship is for students planning to attend a post-secondary institution in the US or Canada by the fall of 2015, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and submit a short story according to the instructions of the application page.

Lifestyle Dentistry Scholarships. Due June 30. (Site not yet updated)

The Lifestyle Dentistry Scholarship Program awards 2 - $1000 scholarships to current seniors attending a college or university no later than September 30, 2015 who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and submit answers to the essay question found on the application page.

Coupon Chief Scholarship. Due July 31, 2016.

The Coupon Chief Scholarship awards $1000 to a student enrolled in high school, college, or trade school who creates a 2-5 minute Youtube video detailing one of two things: How you personally save money as a college student or an amazing extreme coupon haul that you have made.