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Opportunities - Major Scholarships

Major Scholarships, Fellowships, & Grants All of these opportunities are, of course, open to all students at The University of Maine.  We offer this information  as a service to any students who are considering applying.

Fulbright Grants Overview Created by the U.S. Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Program seeks to promote mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Today, the program provides opportunities for nearly 900 Americans to conduct graduate study and research in more than 140 countries around the world. Most Fulbright awards are for programs of study and research requiring an academic year for completion. A “full grant” generally provides round-trip transportation; language or orientation courses (where appropriate); tuition, book and research allowances; maintenance for the academic year (based on local cost of living); and health and accident insurance. Travel grants to Italy, Germany, and Hungary are available to supplement the student’s own funds or other non-Fulbright awards. Also offered are English-language teaching assistantships in 43 countries. Who should apply?

  • Seniors or graduate students
  • Any majors
  • US citizens

University of Maine contact: François Amar (


Goldwater Scholarships Overview The Goldwater Scholarships are awarded exclusively for undergraduate study. Each year up to 300 scholarships are given to rising juniors and seniors with the ability and commitment to pursue careers in mathematics and the natural sciences, as well as many engineering fields. The scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Students awarded scholarships as juniors are eligible for two years of support. Seniors may receive one year of support. It is expected that students selected as Goldwater Scholars will pursue advanced degrees. Those who plan to study medicine are eligible only if they plan research careers rather than a career in private medical practice. Who should apply?

  • Sophomores or juniors
  • Natural science, mathematics, or engineering majors
  • Students with 3.0 GPA and in top 25% of class
  • US citizens or resident aliens

University of Maine contact: François Amar (

Honors College at the University of Maine
Goldwater Scholarship 2014-15
Application Process and Internal Deadlines

November 14, 2013:
Notify Goldwater advisor, François G. Amar, (, (207) 581-3262) of intent to apply for a Goldwater Scholarship for 2014-2015. Provide evidence of eligibility.

Week of November 17, 2013:
Eligible students notified that they can begin the application process, request all required transcripts, obtain three reference letters from faculty members to be sent directly to the Honors College in Colvin Hall. Mailing address:  c/o Bre Bennett, 105 Colvin Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469 Email address:

December 6, 2013:
Complete applications due to Honors College by 4:30 PM

Week of December 9, 2013:
Applications are reviewed and up to 4 students selected for nomination. Students are notified and given feedback on applications. Students who are not selected are also notified.

January 10, 2014
Deadline for final applications to Goldwater Advisor. Online submission of application finalized by students. 

Week of January 13, 2014
Goldwater advisor finalizes nomination materials and uploads to application website.

Official Goldwater Website:

Madison Fellowships Overview The James Madison Fellowship honors the fourth president of the United States and “Father of the Constitution.” The program is designed to improve instruction of the U.S. Constitution in the nation’s secondary schools (grades 7-12). Awards are made to support graduate studies emphasizing the history of Colonial America leading to the framing of the Constitution; the Constitution itself, including the principles upon which it is based; the evolution of the American constitutional system throughout history; and interpretations of the Constitution by the courts and other branches of government. The maximum amount of an award is $24,000 pro-rated over a two- to five-year period of graduate study. Successful applicants must agree to teach in a secondary school at least one year for each year of fellowship support. Who should apply?

  • Seniors
  • Students planning to teach American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12)
  • US citizens or US nationals

University of Maine contact: Mark Brewer (


Marshall Scholarships Overview These scholarships were established in 1953 by the British government as an expression of gratitude to the U.S. for economic aid under the Marshall Plan after World War II. Typically awarded for two years, the scholarships enable postgraduate study of a wide range of subjects at any of Britain’s universities and business schools; there are up to forty awards each year.  Applications indicating interest in study at universities other than Cambridge or Oxford are especially welcome.  The awards cover university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants, fares to and from the United States and, where applicable, a contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse. Who should apply?

  • Seniors or graduate students
  • Any majors
  • Students with a 3.7 GPA
  • US citizens

University of Maine contact: François Amar (


George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarships Overview The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship is an annual exchange and scholarship to Ireland for students from the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System. The purpose of the scholarship is to create opportunities for the exchange of college students between Ireland and the State of Maine.  The Maine Community College System (MCCS) and University of Maine System (UMS) will each award annually either one full-year scholarship or two one-semester scholarships. Each scholarship from the MCCS and UMS will provide the opportunity for a student to study full-time at a university or institute of technology in Ireland. The scholarship includes tuition and fees, books, room and board, a living stipend and a travel grant to cover airfare. Who should apply?

  • Full-time, matriculated, undergraduate student in the University of Maine System or have graduated no more than one year prior to exchange year
  • 18 years or over, Maine resident for at least one year (by application deadline)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

University of Maine contact: Orlina Boteva (


National Security Education Program (David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships) Overview NSEP was designed to provide American undergraduates with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experience in countries and areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation.  As a student of another culture and language you will begin to acquire the international competence you need to communicate effectively across borders, understand other perspectives and analyze increasingly fluid economic and political realities.  NSEP was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created the National Security Education Board, the National Security Education Program, and a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury to provide resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants. It is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security. Who should apply?

  • Undergraduate students — all years
  • Wide variety of majors
  • Students interested in studying abroad in certain countries
  • US citizens

University of Maine contact: C.K. Kwai (


Rhodes Scholarships Overview Established in 1903 by the will of Cecil J. Rhodes, a British colonial pioneer and statesman, this scholarship program seeks to promote international peace and understanding through education. Mr. Rhodes directed the administrators of his bequest to search for those qualities of excellence in young people that contribute to the “world’s fight.” Rhodes Scholars are appointed for two years of study at the University of Oxford in England, with possibility of renewal for a third year. While applications are sought from highly talented students without regard to academic discipline, the student’s desired course of study must be available at Oxford. All educational costs (tuition, laboratory fees and other set charges) are paid by the Rhodes Trust. In addition, each scholar is provided a “maintenance allowance” to cover necessary expenses, including travel to and from Oxford. Who should apply?

  • Seniors or graduate students
  • Any majors offered at Oxford University
  • US citizens

University of Maine contact: Mac Hunter ( or


Truman Scholarships Overview The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Recipients are selected on the basis of intellectual strength, leadership potential and commitment to careers in public service, defined as “government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, and public service-oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purpose is to help the disadvantaged or to protect resources.” The Truman Foundation stresses that a wide variety of disciplines, not just traditional liberal arts fields, can lead to careers in public service.  They award 60 scholarships yearly, and they require scholarship recipients to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program as a condition of receiving Truman funds. Who should apply?

  • Juniors
  • Students committed to a career in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector
  • Students with high grades and a sufficiently strong curriculum to gain admittance to a first-rate graduate institution
  • Students with a strong community service record
  • US citizens or US nationals

University of Maine contact: Tim Cole ( or


Udall Scholarships Overview The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris King Udall and his legacy of public service: The Udall Foundation furthers Congressman Udall’s legacy by awarding scholarships of up to $5,000 to undergraduate students who study the environment and related fields, and to Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate students in fields related to health care and tribal public policy.  The Foundation is supported by a special trust fund in the U.S. Treasury and contributions from the private sector.  The Foundation will award approximately 80 scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Morris K. Udall Scholars. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students:  Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields. Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Who should apply?

  • Sophomores or juniors
  • Students with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents
  • Students studying the environment or related fields
  • Native American students studying health care or tribal public policy

University of Maine contact: Mark Anderson (


Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship Program Overview The Whitaker International Program was founded in 1975 upon the death of U.A. Whitaker. Initially the foundation supported interdisciplinary medical research. In recent years, the program has shifted its focus to emerging leaders in biological or biomedical engineering by sending them overseas to undertake a self-designed research project. The goal of the Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship Program is to assist the development of professional leaders in biomedical/bioengineering who excel as scientists and have the potential to advance the profession through an international outlook. The Whitaker International Program also encourages grantees to explore policy work and research in an industry setting. The Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers funding to biomedical or bioengineering students to travel abroad and take courses, intern, conduct research, or direct enroll at an international institution. Students can apply for the fall semester, spring semester, or academic year. Who should apply?

  • Sophomores, juniors, or seniors with at least one semester of their undergraduate education remaining upon completion of their international experience
  • Students in the field of biomedical engineering/bioengineering or a closely-related field
  • US citizens, or permanent legal US residents
  • Students who demonstrate need for financial support to participate in a study abroad program

University of Maine Contact:  Orlina Boteva (


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