Merit-Based Scholarships

Presidential and Dean’s Awards

Who is eligible?

First year students recently graduated from high school.  Merit awards are competitive and available to students who attain specific academic performances, choose a particular area of study, have strong personal character, and preference is given to those who meet certain demographic criteria. These scholarships are awarded whether or not a student has financial need.

How much does MMA award?

$5,000 to $6,500 per year per student. Please note: The number of scholarships is LIMITED and will be awarded until funds are depleted.

How do I apply?

A separate application is not required; decisions on merit scholarship recipients are made as part of the admissions process provided the application is complete by the March 1 deadline. Scholarship recipients will be notified as soon as possible and no later than April 1st.

How long does the award last?

These scholarships are renewable for 8-10 consecutive semesters (depending on major), based on a minimum grade point average of cumulative grade point average of 3.3 after each spring semester and remain in good standing according to the Student Honor Code of Conduct and Responsibilities and file a FAFSA each year.

For more information, contact the MMA Office of Admissions.

Distinguished Scholar Award

Who is eligible?

First year and transfer students.  The Distinguished Scholar award was established to demonstrate the Academy’s commitment to an inclusive community at MMA.  Preference for these competitive scholarships are awarded to students from underrepresented populations who attain specific academic performances, choose a particular area of study, have strong personal character, and who meet certain demographic criteria.  These scholarships are awarded whether or not a student has financial need.

How much does MMA award?

$3,500 per year per student. Please note: The number of scholarships is LIMITED and will be awarded until funds are depleted.

How do I apply?

A separate application is not required; decisions on merit scholarship recipients are made as part of the admissions process provided the application is complete by the March 1 deadline. Scholarship recipients will be notified as soon as possible and no later than April 1st.

How long does the award last?

These scholarships are renewable for 8-10 consecutive semesters (depending on major), based on a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 after the first year, 3.1 after the second year, and 3.3 after the third year, remain in good standing according to the Student Honor Code of Conduct and Responsibilities and file a FAFSA each year.

For more information, contact the MMA Office of Admissions.

Trustee Scholarship for Diversity

Who is eligible?

First year students recently graduated from high school, with preference given to female students and students from underrepresented racial groups who have  earned at least a 3.3 high school grade point average and have no final grade below a C in any course.

How much does MMA award?

$10,000 per year per student. Please note: This competitive scholarship is only awarded to 5 first-year students.

How do I apply?

Please confirm that you meet the scholarship criteria and submit your application and essay by February 1.

How long does the award last?

This scholarship is renewable for 8-10 consecutive semesters (depending on major), based on maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 after the first year, 3.1 after the second year, and 3.3 after the third year, remain in good standing according to the Student Honor Code of Conduct and Responsibilities and file a FAFSA each year.

Harold Alfond Scholarship for Engineering

* We are not accepting applications for the Harold Alfond Scholarship for Engineering for the 2017-18 academic year.

Who is eligible?

First year students recently graduated from high school.  Preference is given to students who are Maine residents and first generation college students, who have earned at least a 3.3 high school grade point average and have no final grade below a C in any course.

How much does MMA award?

Up to $10,000 per year per student. Please note: This competitive scholarship is only awarded to 4 first-year engineering students.

How do I apply?

Please confirm that you meet the scholarship criteria and submit your application and essay by February 1.

How long does the award last?

This scholarship is renewable for 8-10 consecutive semesters (depending on major), based on maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 after the first year, 3.1 after the second year, and 3.3 after the third year, remain in good standing according to the Student Honor Code of Conduct and Responsibilities and file a FAFSA each year.

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships are established by donors who wish to help students and establish a lasting memorial scholarship.  Award amounts for these scholarships may vary each year.

Bath Iron Works Ned Andrews Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to employees and/or the children of employees of BIW who attend or will be attending MMA.

To be considered for this scholarship a prospective student must:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.gov) and name Maine Maritime Academy as a college to receive this information by April 1;
  2. Demonstrate financial need (determined by the MMA);
  3. Submit an Eligibility Verification Application (certified by the Human Resource Office of BIW) to MMA by June 1st each year.

Bennett/Hodgkins Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to graduates of Medomak Valley High School who have been accepted for admissions at Maine Maritime Academy.  The recipient(s) are selected from completed application packages received by the scholarship chair at MVHS and the Director of Financial Aid at MMA.  Completed applications must be submitted to the MMA Financial Aid Office by April 15.  Recipients will receive a credit on their MMA student account upon successful completion of the first semester with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

To be considered for this scholarship a prospective student must:

  1. Graduate from Medomak Valley High School;
  2. Enroll at Maine Maritime Academy for the following fall semester;
  3. Submit an application (with recommendations) to the MMA Financial Aid Office by April 15;
  4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.gov) by April 1and name Maine Maritime Academy as a college to receive this information.

Myron D. Rust Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to legal residents of Eliot, Kittery, Wells, or York, Maine.  The recipient(s) are selected on the basis of academic performance, conduct, and outstanding extracurricular achievement.

To be considered for this scholarship a prospective student must:

  1. Enroll at Maine Maritime Academy for the following fall semester;
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.gov) and name Maine Maritime Academy as a college to receive this information;
  3. Demonstrate financial need (determined by MMA);
  4. Submit a completed application, and a high school transcript, to the Financial Aid Office at MMA by April 1st.

The Financial Aid Office will process the applications for final determination and award selection.  Awarded scholarship(s) will be credited to the student’s account upon successful completion of the first semester.

Scott Searway Regimental Scholarship

This annual scholarship is awarded to graduates or graduating seniors from the Portland, ME area school system, or from Chebeague Island, who has been accepted for admission at MMA and will be participating in a regimental major.

To be considered for this scholarship a prospective student must:

  1. Be accepted to Maine Maritime Academy
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.gov) by April 1 and name Maine Maritime Academy as a college to receive this information
  3. Demonstrate financial need (determined by MMA)
  4. Be in a U.S. Coast Guard licensed major or participating in the Regimental Training Program.
  5. Submit a completed application to the Financial Aid Office at MMA by April 1st

All other endowed scholarships are reserved for upperclassman.  To be in the scholarship “pool”, students must complete the following:

  1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.gov)by by April 1
  2. Submit the MMA Scholarship Application form by April 1 to the Financial Aid Office
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the close of the spring semester (Financial Aid Office will confirm)

Other Sources of Aid

Don’t forget to research the many other sources of aid to help finance your MMA education.