2018 Mitchell Scholarship Application

Deadline: April 01 2018 at 11:59 PM EDT (Midnight)


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 students from Maine’s public high schools as they pursue higher education. The 2018 recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship, representing more than 130 high schools from every community in Maine, each will receive a scholarship award for $9,500 to be paid out in four equal installments of $2,375. 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.

Mitchell Scholars are selected on the basis of academic potential, community impact, and financial need along with other factors. Beyond offering the financial support of the scholarship, the Mitchell Institute is committed to helping scholarship recipients navigate college and beyond through a wide array of personal, academic, and professional resources. This includes access to a network of more than 2,700 Mitchell Scholars, Alumni, and community partners.


To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be a legal resident of Maine and a graduating student from a public high school in Maine. 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 following before midnight on APRIL 1:
* Online Mitchell Scholarship application
* High school transcript with mid-year grades
* Recommendation letter from high school teacher, counselor, or principal
* Student Aid Report (SAR), which is generated by completing the FAFSA

Applicants must submit the following before midnight on MAY 1:
* The acceptance letter for your top college choice
* The financial aid award letter for your top college choice
NOTE: If these college documents are available by April 1, we strongly recommend that you submit them along with your other application materials; you can send new letters to us at any time if you decide to enroll at a different school.

You may submit the supplemental documents (transcript, recommendation letter, Student Aid Report, college acceptance letter, and financial aid award letter) in the following ways:
* Upload all supplemental documents along with the online application before midnight on April 1, after which the online application will no longer be accessible
* Send all supplemental documents directly to the Mitchell Institute before the appropriate deadlines by email, mail, or fax
* Upload some documents online before midnight on April 1, and send the rest directly to the Mitchell Institute before the appropriate deadlines by email, mail, or fax

You may send the supplemental documents to the Mitchell Institute via:
* Email: info@mitchellinstitute.org
* Mail (postmark by deadline): 75 Washington Avenue, Suite 2E, Portland, ME 04101
* Fax: 207-773-1133

Helpful hints:
* Click "Preview" at the bottom of the page if you would like to view the entire form before officially starting the application process
* Print this page for future reference
* Make note of your email address login and password after setting up your account
* Use the same email address to log in to your application each time; click “Forgot Password?” to reset your password rather than create a new application
* 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
* Proofread your application and documents carefully
* After submitting your application, click "Print Application" to keep a hard copy; you will receive an email message with the confirmation code
* You may log in to update your application and upload documents (this is possible even after clicking "Submit"; just be sure to click “Submit” again after any editing that you do) 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
* 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 the appropriate deadlines
* Please do not send duplicate copies of supplemental documents (e.g., do not fax documents and then also send hard copies by snail mail)
* Send only one acceptance letter and financial aid award letter for your top college choice; send an enrollment update and corresponding college admission and financial aid letters to the Mitchell Institute if you change your plans at any time

Applicants will be notified of the decisions by early June. Good luck!

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