Scholarship

Scholarship Scholarship

The 2024 Mitchell Scholarship application is now open.

Click the link below to file your Mitchell Scholarship application by midnight of April 1, 2024.

Please Note: Because of the delay in the release of FAFSA information announced in early February, the Mitchell Institute is pushing back its deadline for the Student Aid Index submission to May 1. All other deadlines, including submitting the online application by April 1, will remain the same at this time, though we will continue to monitor the Department of Education’s resources for updates that may result in further adjustments.

If you are eligible to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship, we strongly encourage you to apply even if you may not have your Student Aid Index or financial aid award by May 1. We are approaching this year’s selection process with the understanding that we will need to be flexible with our supplemental material deadlines. If you have any specific questions, please email info@mitchellinstitute.org.

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Please visit our Mitchell Scholarship information page for details about application eligibility.

The Mitchell Institute unlocks the potential of Maine college students so they can contribute to the vitality of their communities. We award scholarships each year to graduating students from Maine’s public high schools as they pursue higher education.

Recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship represent public high schools from every community in Maine, and each Mitchell Scholar receives a scholarship award for $10,000 that is paid in four equal installments of $2,500. To help more Maine students attain higher education, the Mitchell Institute provides scholarships for Maine students planning to attend two- and four-year degree programs at colleges both in- and out-of-state.

New for the 2024 Mitchell Scholarship application season
For the second consecutive year, the Mitchell Institute has expanded its longstanding commitment to award at least one $10,000 scholarship annually to a graduating student from each of Maine’s public high schools. In 2024, we will award 20 more Mitchell Scholarships statewide (on top of the 20 additional in 2023), bringing the total number awarded this year to 185.

Once Scholars are selected, the Mitchell Institute helps them navigate college and the world beyond through personal and professional supports. In addition to offering the financial support of the scholarship, the Mitchell Institute offers a wide array of personal, academic and professional support programs, as well as a network of more than 3,600 Mitchell Scholars, Alumni, and partners – all of which amounts to much more than a check.

  • Resources and programs for Mitchell Scholars include:
  • Leadership and career development events
  • Access to a wide array of professional networks and social events
  • Customized career advising and personal support through individual meetings with Mitchell Institute staff and community members
  • Fellowship Awards of up to $1,500 to support internships and personal/professional growth opportunities
  • Emergency financial assistance for unexpected financial challenges.
  • Additional information about the offerings listed above can be found by clicking on the orange icons.

Click on the “Apply” icon to learn more about applying for the Mitchell Scholarship.

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Mitchell Scholarship Application

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection
We appreciate your interest in the Mitchell Scholarship! To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be a full-time resident of Maine and be on track to graduate from a public high school in Maine. Students who attend a public school in Maine but come from households with residency outside of Maine are not eligible to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship. Applicants should plan to attend a two-year or four-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. Candidates are evaluated based on the following criteria: academics, community impact, and financial need.

Deadlines and Required Materials
We welcome eligible students to submit applications by midnight of April 1, 2024, by visiting the link below.

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Please Note: Because of the delay in the release of FAFSA information announced in early February, the Mitchell Institute is pushing back its deadline for the Student Aid Index submission to May 1. All other deadlines, including submitting the online application by April 1, will remain the same at this time, though we will continue to monitor the Department of Education’s resources for updates that may result in further adjustments.

If you are eligible to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship, we strongly encourage you to apply even if you may not have your Student Aid Index or financial aid award by May 1. We are approaching this year’s selection process with the understanding that we will need to be flexible with our supplemental material deadlines. If you have any specific questions, please email info@mitchellinstitute.org.

Please note our two deadlines:

> Due by midnight on April 1, 2024:

> Due by midnight on May 1, 2024:

  • Screenshot of the Student Aid Index (SAI) generated by completing the FAFSA (if you are not eligible to apply for the FAFSA, please contact us to discuss other options)
  • The acceptance letter for your top college choice
  • The itemized financial aid offer (or estimate) that shows the breakdown of grants, loans, work-study, etc., for your top college choice; a screenshot of the financial aid offer from your online account is acceptable

> NOTE: If the required college documents are available before the deadline, we strongly encourage you to submit them early. You can send new documents to us at any time if you decide to enroll at a different college.

You may submit the supplemental documents (transcript, recommendation letter, Student Aid Index, college acceptance letter, and itemized financial aid offer) in any of the following ways:

Option one (preferred and most secure method): Upload all supplemental documents along with the online application before midnight on April 1; only one document may be uploaded for each section of the application, so multiple pages should be combined into one PDF before uploading.

Applicants have the option to upload their own transcripts and recommendation letters if they have access to them, or they can invite others (e.g., counselors, guidance staff, teachers) to upload documents directly to their applications. Applicants will not be able to view or access any documents that are uploaded by others on their behalf, but they will be notified that the document has been uploaded successfully. Third parties will not have access to any information within the application.

People invited by an applicant to upload a transcript and/or recommendation letter will receive an automated email message that includes a link for a secure way to upload the document(s) directly to the student’s application. No password or special information is required.

Documents may be uploaded to the application platform any time before the April 1 deadline, even if the application has already been submitted. Application edits and uploads will not be possible after midnight on April 1.

> Tips for applicants who invite others to upload documents to their applications:

  • Applicants and those they invite should add this email address to trusted sender lists/address books to avoid spam filters: automated.email@smarterselect.com
  • Submit document requests through the application platform well in advance of the April 1 deadline as a courtesy to the person who will upload the document (be sure to confirm the correct email address before submitting the request)
  • Applicants should notify each person separately (e.g., by emailing them directly) as soon as the invitation is sent through the system with a suggestion to check junk/spam folders if the invitation is not in their inbox

Option two: Send all supplemental documents directly to the Mitchell Institute before the appropriate deadlines by email, mail, or fax.

Option three: 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. After April 1, you will not be able to access your application.

You may send the supplemental documents to the Mitchell Institute via:

  • Email: info@mitchellinstitute.org
  • Mail (postmarked by deadline): 75 Washington Avenue, Suite 2E, Portland, ME 04101
  • Fax: 207-773-1133

Please contact us at 207-773-7700 or info@mitchellinstitute.org if you need language assistance.

Thank you for your interest in the Mitchell Scholarship. We wish you all the best, and we look forward to hearing from you!

We would like to share several links below that may be helpful in the college and scholarship application process:

Mitchell Institute financial aid comparison worksheet

Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)

Alfond Scholarship Foundation

Maine Community Foundation

MES Foundation

Mainely Character Scholarship

Federal Student Aid: an Office of the U.S. Department of Education

BigFuture™ is a trademark owned by the College Board. Used with permission.

Fastweb’s Free Scholarships Search

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Welcome Celebration Welcome Celebration

Welcome to the Family

Each summer, after the selection of that year’s Mitchell Scholars, the Mitchell Institute hosts a Welcome Celebration for the newly named scholarship recipients and their guests. It is an exciting opportunity for these Scholars to meet our staff, Board members, and other Scholars. The Welcome Celebration also provides new Mitchell Scholars and their guests with an overview of the various programs and resources available to them through the Mitchell Institute. The event occurs in August, not long before the students embark on their first semester of college.

See Last Year’s Welcome Celebration

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MILE I & MILE II MILE I & MILE II

Experiences of a Lifetime

The Mitchell Institute offers annual signature leadership and professional development events, known as Mitchell Institute Leadership Experiences (MILE):

The MILE I weekend is an experiential learning program, including guided outdoor exploration activities and a group community service project, held at Baxter State Park in Millinocket. Throughout the weekend, Scholars develop leadership and relationship-building skills — all while rafting down a river, reaching the summit of Katahdin, or discussing professional ethics at a dinner table. These interactions build an enduring community, establish connections, and equip Scholars with resources that foster success during and after college. As many as sixty Mitchell Scholars participate each October.

See What MILE I Is Like

MILE II is a day-long career and personal development event hosted by Unum in Portland each March. Approximately eighty Mitchell Scholars and Alumni come together with professionals from a wide range of career fields for an experience brimming with keynote speeches, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities. The planning for this engaging and informative day is led by Mitchell Institute Alumni Council members.

See What MILE II Is Like

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Fellowship Awards Fellowship Awards

Opportunity Knocks

A signature program of the Mitchell Institute, Fellowship Awards offer financial support to qualified Scholars and Alumni in their pursuit of internships, service learning, and study abroad experiences that offer ongoing personal and professional development.

Mitchell Institute Fellowships are financial awards of up to $1,500 — over and above the Scholarship — that are available to both current Scholars and Alumni. You’re eligible to apply if you have not received a Fellowship Award in the last 12 months. The purpose of the program is to ensure that Scholars and Alumni don’t have to forgo personal and professional development opportunities due to a shortage of money.

Mitchell Fellowships are awarded to applicants for a broad range of activities such as:

  • Unpaid or underpaid internships
  • Travel or accommodation costs associated with professional or personal development opportunities such as internships, conferences, career-related service projects, study-abroad opportunities, etc.
  • Professional license fees and examination fees for tests like the LSAT/MCAT/GRE and Praxis

These are just some examples.

There are two application rounds each year:

  • The Fall Round of Applications is open from October 1 to November 1. This application round is for activities that take place between December and May.
  • The Spring Round of Applications is open from March 1 to April 1. This application round is for activities that take place between June and November.

In each round, the Mitchell Institute awards approximately 50 Fellowships, ranging from $500 to $1,500, to Scholars and Alumni. Fellowship recipients are asked to complete a community service project within one year of receiving their award. To see what opportunities our Scholars have pursued, see the Fellowship Awards Database.

Learn what Mitchell Scholars Melina Masselli and Henry Izere did with their fellowship awards.

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Campus Receptions Campus Receptions

Expanding Connections

Mitchell Scholar receptions are held at as many of the Maine campuses as possible and are hosted by the college or university presidents. All of the Mitchell Scholars on a particular campus are invited to attend, as well as Mitchell Scholar Alumni in the area. These gatherings provide an opportunity for Scholars across the years to meet each other, as well as key program and academic  leaders on their respective campuses. Topics covered at these receptions range from upcoming Mitchell Institute events and study abroad opportunities, to staying connected with other Mitchell Scholars on their campuses, among others.

See What Campus Receptions Are Like

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Supplemental Funds Supplemental Funds

Bridging the Gap

From past experience and research, we know that hidden costs and even modest unexpected financial hurdles can derail a promising Scholar without a financial safety net, potentially jeopardizing college completion. To that end, the Mitchell Institute has two supplemental funds available for currently enrolled Scholars:

The SOS Fund (Support Our Scholars) was established in 2012 to provide one-time supplemental grants to Scholars who face unforeseen one-time financial crises. Examples include  car repairs or travel for unexpected emergencies; unexpected changes in living circumstances; the repair or replacement of course-mandated technology; or unanticipated one-time health-related issues.

The SPARC Fund (Subsidy Providing Assistance with Recurring Costs) was established in 2020 to provide grants to Scholars who face a recurring financial hardship while still enrolled in college. Examples include transportation costs such as car maintenance or fuel; living expenses that are not billed by your college or university, such as food insecurity or rent; course-mandated technology, books, or equipment beyond what is included within your college or university’s estimated cost of attendance; or ongoing health-related costs.

Both the SOS Fund and the SPARC Fund are considered and granted through one-on-one consultation between Mitchell Institute staff and Scholars. Please reach out to Andrea Mitchell for additional information.

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