Through our scholarship program, Maine Seacoast Mission helps recent high school graduates and adults, from Maine’s offshore islands and Downeast communities, continue their educations and achieve their dreams.
Since 1918, we have awarded more than $2.5 million to 3,450 deserving students from Maine’s off-shore islands and coastal communities. Every year, approximately 30 new scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and academic promise. Because these scholarships can be renewed each year of a multi-year program, there are nearly 100 Mission scholars in any given year. Some scholarship recipients were EdGE program participants. The special EdGE Scholarship awards a total of $10,000 over four years. It is given to a student who has participated in the program for at least five years and been a volunteer and high school staff member for EdGE.
The Angus MacDonald scholarship, honoring one of the Mission’s founders, offers an award of $13,500 over four years to an exceptional high school graduate who has demonstrated superior academic achievement, leadership skills, integrity, and commitment to community.
For more information, contact Scholarship Director Terri Rodick.
This year (2019) we launched two education initiatives. Davis Maine Scholarship was launched to further benefit Downeast high schoolers. Davis Maine is a full-ride, four-year scholarship for first-generation college students from eastern Hancock and Washington counties. Key partners in this extraordinary effort are the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund and three partner colleges—Clark University, University of New England, and Wheaton College. The first group of Davis Maine Scholars will enter college in the fall of 2022. The initial partner high schools are Narraguagus High School and Sumner Memorial High School.
The second initiative is a college readiness program which serves potential Davis Maine Scholars and other students as they prepare for post-secondary success.
For more information about Davis Maine Scholarship or our college readiness program contact Director Christina Griffith.