Scholarship Opportunities Abound at UMM

One of the many challenges adults face as they return to college is financing their education. But at the University of Maine at Machias, a full staff of experts is ready to help prospective and returning students seek scholarship opportunities. At UMM, more than $661,000 in merit scholarship aid was awarded last year, not including local scholarships.

"We are always ready to help anyone with their pursuit of higher education. Merit scholarships recognize the academic achievements of students,” said Dr. Melvin Adams, Dean of Students and Admissions. “UMM has 12 degree programs that offer students a quality education at an affordable price, right in their own backyard. We have the only nationally accredited Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management program in Maine. If UMM doesn't have the major that a student wants, we can put them in contact with one of our sister schools and help walk them through the process.”

Adams said the University of Maine System (UMS) has a new Adult Degree Completion Scholarship fund to help Maine residents who began their academic studies years ago, but for some reason never completed their degree program. These funds are dedicated to support adult students who are returning to college after an absence of 3 years or more and completing their very first baccalaureate degree. This scholarship may be renewed for up to 8 consecutive semesters.

The next deadline to submit applications is December 1, 2014 for the Spring 2015 term. “The Adult Degree Completion Scholarship is a great opportunity for students who wish to return to college and finish their degree, but for whom lack of financial resources is a barrier,” said Katharina Kurz, Director of Financial Aid. “It's exciting to see the state investing additional scholarship dollars to support Maine students.”

"A lot of adult students don't think they can return to college and receive a merit scholarship,” Adams said. “That's not true. Merit scholarships are available based on high school grade point averages, prior college credit, and test scores. For example, if an adult student hasn't attended college, but finished high school years ago with a 3.00 grade point average, they are eligible for our Presidential Scholarship. I'd encourage any adult thinking about returning to college to contact us with questions about pursuing a degree."

The electronic Adult Degree scholarship application takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and may be found at https://docs.google.com/a/maine.edu/forms/d/. A paper copy is also available at UMM. Prior to completing this application, it is recommended that parties contact UMM regarding their eligibility and discuss a plan for completing their bachelor’s degree.

UMM’s Admissions counselors are found in the O’Brien House on campus, while financial aid counselors are located in Powers Hall. Admissions can be reached at 255-1318 and Financial Aid at 255-1203.