Mission Scholarship Program
Maine Seacoast Mission’s scholarship programs help recent high school graduates and adults from Maine’s offshore islands and Downeast communities continue their education and achieve their dreams.
Since 1918, the Mission has awarded almost $3 million to 3,692 deserving students from Maine’s offshore islands and coastal communities. Each year we award approximately 30 new scholarships based on a student’s financial need and academic promise. These scholarships can be renewed each year of a multi-year program, resulting in 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 has been a volunteer and high school staff member for EdGE.
Honoring one of the Mission’s founders, the Angus MacDonald scholarship offers an award of $14,000 over four years to an exceptional high school graduate who has demonstrated superior academic achievement, leadership skills, integrity, and commitment to the community. For more information, please contact the Scholarship Director, Terri Rodick.
In 2019, we launched two education initiatives. Davis Maine Scholarship was launched to benefit Downeast high schoolers further. 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 that serves potential Davis Maine Scholars and other students to prepare for post-secondary success. For more information about Davis Maine Scholarship or our college readiness program, please contact Director Christina Griffith.