Merit Scholarship Program

For First-Year Students Entering Maine Maritime Academy

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP* | 100% Tuition

To be considered for this scholarship, the following must be met:

Be a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and have a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

 

PRESIDENTIAL ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP* | 50% Tuition

To be considered for this scholarship, the following must be met:

Have a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or higher (based on 6 semesters); or be in the top 5% of their class (based on a minimum class size of 25); or achieve a 1400 or higher on SAT Critical Reading/Math or a 31 or higher ACT composite.

 

DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIP* | 25% Tuition

To be considered for this scholarship, the following must be met:

Have a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 to 3.79 (based on 6 semesters); or be in the top 10% of their class (based on a minimum class size of 25); or achieve a 1300 or higher on SAT Critical Reading/Math or a 29 or higher ACT composite.

 

MARINER’S SCHOLARSHIP* | 15% Tuition

To be considered for this scholarship, the following must be met:

Have a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.3 to 3.49 (based on 6 semesters); or be in the top 15% of their class (based on a minimum class size of 25); or achieve a 1100 or higher on SAT Critical Reading/Math or a 23 or higher ACT composite.

 

DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD* | 10% Tuition

  • Preference given to students from underrepresented populations and transfer students.

To be considered for this scholarship, the following must be met:

Have a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to 3.29 (based on 6 semesters); or be in the top 20% of their class (based on a minimum class size of 25); or achieve a 1000 or higher on SAT Critical Reading/Math or a 21 or higher ACT composite.

A transfer student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher and a minimum of 24 credits

 

*Merit Awards are need-blind, based on a first-come, first-served for accepted students.  These are awarded to students during the admissions process, a separate application is not required.  Students may only be awarded one merit scholarship based on highest achievement.  All merit scholarships require a minimum 3.0 grade point average to be awarded if using class rank and SAT/ACT scores, and are evaluated based on an unweighted gpa.

Merit Scholarships are renewable for 8-10 consecutive semesters (depending on major). Filing a FAFSA is not required, but students are highly encourage to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before February 1.

To maintain a merit scholarship as an upper-class student:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the close of each spring semester
  • Remain in good standing according to the Student Honor Code of Conduct and Responsibilities
  • Recommended to file a FAFSA each year

Meeting these qualifications does not guarantee a scholarship will be awarded. The number of scholarships is LIMITED and will be awarded on a “first-applied, first-served” basis until funds are allocated.  Generally, only those who complete their Admissions application prior to November 1st receive these scholarships.

 


HAROLD ALFOND SCHOLARSHIP FOR ENGINEERING

The Harold Alfond Scholarship for Engineering is a merit scholarship established in 2015 to encourage the study of engineering. The scholarship is funded by a generous donation from the Harold Alfond Foundation.  Details of the scholarship include:

  • Up to $10,000 annually
  • Awarded to first-year engineering students
  • Preference given to Maine residents and first-generation* college students
  • Preference given to students who have earned at least a 3.3 high school cumulative grade point average and have no final grade below 2.00 (C) in any course
  • Renewable for 8-10 consecutive semesters (depending on major)
  • Required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at close of each spring semester
  • Remain in good standing according to the Student Honor Code of Conduct and Responsibilities
  • Required to file a FAFSA each year
  • If a student also receives a Presidential or Dean’s Scholarship, the Harold Alfond Scholarship will be reduced by the amount of the Presidential or Dean’s Scholarship

*First-generation is defined as having no parent who has completed a baccalaureate degree

To be considered for this scholarship, the following must be met:

  1. Be a recent high school graduate who is a first-time undergraduate
  2. Be an applicant for one of MMA’s engineering programs
  3. Be a good citizen
  4. Submit the scholarship application and 300-word essay describing the student’s history of collaborative spirit, community service, and interest in Maine Maritime Academy by February 1. NCAA Division III bylaws prohibit Maine Maritime Academy from considering athletic information including, but not limited to, accomplishments, leadership, and participation (at the youth, high school, club or collegiate level), in the process of awarding scholarships to its students. The inclusion of athletics information in your scholarship application materials will exclude you from consideration for any merit aid
  5. Submit all MMA Undergraduate Admissions Application material to MMA by February 1
  6. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1

To apply for this scholarship, please confirm that you meet the criteria above and submit your application and essay by February 1.
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NOTE: Submission of an application does not guarantee a scholarship. Award amount may change at any time based on available funding.


TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP FOR DIVERSITY

The Trustee Scholarship for Diversity is a merit scholarship established in 2015 to address the Academy’s strategic objective to demonstrate a commitment to an inclusive community by improving the gender balance and enhancing student exposure to cultural diversity. Details for the scholarship include:

  • $3,500 – $10,000 annually
  • Awarded to first-year students and preference given to under-represented populations at MMA; currently, under-represented populations include women, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders
  • Preference given to students who have earned at least a 3.3 high school grade point average and have no final grade below 2.00 (C) in any course
  • MMA Trustee scholarships are renewable for 8-10 consecutive semesters (depending on major)
  • Required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the close of each spring semester
  • Remain in good standing according to the Student Honor Code of Conduct and Responsibilities
  • Filing a FAFSA is not required, but students are highly encouraged to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year
  • If a student also receives a Presidential or Dean’s Scholarship, the Trustee Scholarship will be reduced by the amount of the Presidential or Dean’s Scholarship

To be considered for this scholarship, the following must be met:

  1. Be a recent high school graduate who is a first-time undergraduate
  2. Be an applicant for one of MMA’s undergraduate programs
  3. Submit the scholarship application and 300-word essay describing the student’s history of collaborative spirit, community service, and interest in Maine Maritime Academy by February 1 NCAA Division III bylaws prohibit Maine Maritime Academy from considering athletic information including, but not limited to, accomplishments, leadership, and participation (at the youth, high school, club or collegiate level), in the process of awarding scholarships to its students. The inclusion of athletics information in your scholarship application materials will exclude you from consideration for any merit aid.
  4. Submit the MMA Undergraduate Admission Application material to MMA by February 1
  5. Filing a FAFSA is not required, but students are highly encouraged to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1

To apply for this scholarship, please confirm that you meet the criteria above and submit your application and essay by February 1.
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NOTE: Submission of an application does not guarantee a scholarship.  Award amount may change at any time based on available funding.


Captain William Bullard ’59 Scholarship

The Captain William Bullard ’59 Scholarship is a merit scholarship established in 2019 through a generous gift from the Captain William L. Bullard estate. Details for the scholarship include:

  • $2500 to $5,000 annually
  • Awarded to first-year students and new transfer students.
  • Preference may be given to those with demonstrated financial need.
  • Preference given to students who have earned at least a 3.3 high school grade point average
  • Renewable for 8-10 consecutive semesters (depending on major)
  • Required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the close of each spring semester
  • Remain in good standing according to the Student Honor Code of Conduct and Responsibilities
  • File a FAFSA each year

To be considered for this scholarship, the following must be met:

  1. Be a recent high school graduate who is a first-time undergraduate or a new transfer student who has not previously attended MMA.
  2. Be an applicant for one of MMA’s undergraduate programs
  3. Submit the scholarship application and 300-word essay describing the student’s interest in Maine Maritime Academy and an experience with overcoming challenges to success by February 1.  NCAA Division III bylaws prohibit Maine Maritime Academy from considering athletic information including, but not limited to, accomplishments, leadership, and participation (at the youth, high school, club or collegiate level), in the process of awarding scholarships to its students. The inclusion of athletics information in your scholarship application materials will exclude you from consideration for any merit aid.
  4. Submit the MMA Undergraduate Admission Application material to MMA by February 1
  5. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1

To apply for this scholarship, please confirm that you meet the criteria above and submit your application and essay by February 1.
Apply Now
NOTE: Submission of an application does not guarantee a scholarship.  Award amount may change at any time based on available funding.