The Mitchell Scholarship was established in 1995 by U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell. One of Senator Mitchell’s highest priorities is to expand and improve opportunities for the education of young people in Maine. The Mitchell Institute awards scholarships each year to graduating seniors from Maine’s public high schools as they pursue higher education. The 2017 recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship, representing 133 high schools from every community in Maine, each will receive a scholarship award for $9,000 to be paid out in four equal installments of $2,250. In an effort to help as many Maine students as possible to attain higher education, the Mitchell Institute provides scholarships for Maine students planning to attend colleges both in- and out-of-state.
Once Scholars are selected, the Mitchell Institute helps them navigate college and the world beyond through personal and professional supports. Beyond offering the financial support of the scholarship, the Mitchell Institute is committed to offering a wide array of personal, academic, and professional resources, as well as a network of more than 2,500 Mitchell Scholars, Alumni, and partners – all of which amount to much more than a check.
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be a legal resident of Maine and a graduating senior from a Maine public high school. Boarding students from households with residency outside of Maine are not eligible to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship. Applicants must plan to attend a four-year or two-year degree program at an accredited college or university in the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation. Students pursuing a two-year degree are eligible for up to four years of scholarship support if they continue their education beyond the initial two years.
Applicants must submit the online application before midnight on April 1. The following supplemental materials are required before May 1 to complete the application:
* High school transcript (most recent version, please)
* Recommendation letter (from high school teacher or counselor)
* Student Aid Report (SAR), which is generated by completing the FAFSA
* College/university acceptance letter (please provide only one letter for your top choice; you are welcome to send a new letter along if you decide to enroll at a different school after submitting your application)
* College/university financial aid award letter (if this information is not available by May 1, please send along an estimate and/or other correspondence from the financial aid office until you receive the official letter)
The supplemental materials may be submitted in a variety of ways since they may not all be available by April 1:
* All supplemental materials may be uploaded along with the online form before April 1 (after which the online application will no longer be accessible)
* Some supplemental materials may be uploaded electronically before April 1, and the rest may be sent directly to the Mitchell Institute before May 1 by email, mail (postmark), or fax
* All supplemental materials may be sent directly to the Mitchell Institute before May 1 by email, mail (postmark), or fax
You may send materials to the Mitchell Institute via:
* Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Mail: 75 Washington Avenue, Suite 2E, Portland, ME 04101
* Fax: (207) 773-1133
* Click "Preview" at the bottom of the page if you would like to view the form before officially starting the application process
* Make note of your email address login and password after setting up your account
* Be sure to use the same email address to log in to your application each time
* Click "Save" at the bottom of the application page to create a draft if you would like to work on the application at different stages before the April 1 deadline
* After submitting your application, make note of the confirmation code and click "Print Application" to keep a hard copy
* You may log in to edit your application and upload documents (even after clicking "Submit") at any time before the system closes down at midnight on April 1, after which you will no longer be able to access your online application
* Take time to proofread your application and documents carefully
* Be sure to click "Submit" when your application is complete (you will need to do this after any editing that you do)
* Submit your online application in advance of the April 1 deadline in case any technical issues arise
* Ensure that you submit all required supplemental documents before May 1
Applicants will be notified of the decisions by early June. Good luck!