The Mitchell Scholarship
The Mitchell Institute awards scholarships each year to graduating seniors from Maine’s public high schools as they pursue higher education. In 2016, graduates from 132 high schools will each receive a scholarship award for $8,500 that will be paid out in four equal installments of $2,125. With this scholarship comes an array of personal, academic and professional support programs, as well as a network of more than 2,400 Mitchell Scholars, Alumni, and partners. The focus of the Mitchell Institute has always been — and continues to be — on Maine students attending Maine colleges and universities. In an effort to help as many Maine students as possible attain higher education, the Mitchell Institute also has scholarships available for Maine students planning to attend college out of state.
While the Mitchell Institute may be best known for its financial awards, Scholars insist we offer so much more than a check. Once Scholars are selected, the Mitchell Institute helps them navigate college and the world beyond through a wide range of personal and professional support programs. The Institute’s approach works: 85% of Mitchell Scholars complete college and achieve a degree, compared with 55% of students nationally.
Mitchell Scholarship Application
Requirements and Criteria for Selection
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be a legal resident of Maine and a graduating senior from a public high school in Maine. Applicants must plan to attend a four-year or two-year degree program at an accredited college or university in the fall semester immediately following their high school graduation year. 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 will be evaluated based on the following criteria: academic potential, community impact, and financial need.
Deadlines and Required Materials for the 2016 Mitchell Scholarship Application
The application for high school students graduating in 2016 has closed.
For those who have already submitted an online application, please note the following supplemental materials are required before May 1 to complete the application:
- High school transcript (most recent version, please)
- Recommendation letter (from high school teacher or counselor)
- Student Aid Report (SAR), which is generated by completing the FAFSA
- College/university acceptance letter
- College/university financial aid award letter
Please keep us updated on any changes with your college enrollment decision and/or financial aid award package as they become available.
You may send materials to the Mitchell Institute via:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: 75 Washington Avenue, Suite 2E, Portland, ME 04101
- Fax: (207) 773-1133
Applicants will be notified of the decisions by early June. Thank you for your interest in the Mitchell Scholarship program!
An Experience of a Lifetime
The Mitchell Institute Leadership Experience (MILE) is a weekend-long leadership and professional development event that takes place in Millinocket and involves as many as 60 Scholars each year. This experiential learning program includes guided outdoor exploration activities and a group community service project. Throughout MILE I weekend, individual and group leadership, team building, lively group dialogue around decisions, and awareness of the views of others all become vitally important — whether participants are canoeing down a river, reaching the summit of Katahdin, or at a dinner table discussing professional ethics. These interactions build an enduring community, establish connections, and equip Scholars with tools required for success during and after college.
MILE II is a day-long career and personal development event that takes place each March at Unum in Portland. Mitchell Scholars come together 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.
Welcome to the Family
Each summer after the selection of our Mitchell Scholars, the Mitchell Institute hosts a Welcome Brunch for the scholarship recipients and their guests. It is a very exciting opportunity for the new Scholars to meet our staff, Board members, and other Scholars. In addition to hearing Senator Mitchell speak to them all directly, each Scholar has a photograph taken with Senator Mitchell. The Brunch also provides the Scholars and their guests with a glimpse of the various programs and resources available to them through the Mitchell Institute. The celebration occurs in August, not long before the students embark on their first semester of college.
Campus Welcome Events
Mitchell Scholar welcome events are held at as many of the Maine campuses as possible and are hosted by the college or university President. All of the Mitchell Scholars on a particular campus are invited to attend. These gatherings provide an opportunity for Scholars across the years to meet each other, as well as key program and academic directors on their respective campuses. Topics covered at these receptions range from upcoming Mitchell Institute events, study abroad opportunities, to staying connected with other Mitchell Scholars on their campuses, among others.
A signature program of the Institute, our Fellowship Awards offer support to qualified Scholars and Alumni in their pursuit of internships, service learning, and experiences that offer ongoing personal and professional development. These funds empower Scholars to pursue enriching opportunities regardless of financial factors. Annually, we award approximately 50 Fellowship Awards ranging from $500 to $1,500 to Scholars and Alumni. To see what opportunities our Scholars are pursuing, see the Fellowship Awards Database. The Fellowship Award application periods are October 1 to November 1, as well as March 1 to April 1 annually.
The Promise Fund was established in 2012 to provide one-time emergency grants to Scholars who face unforeseen financial crises. If left unfunded, these are the types of barriers that could derail a Scholar’s ability to remain in college. From past experience we know that hidden costs and even modest unexpected financial hurdles can derail a promising Scholar without a financial safety net. These one-time “lifts” are determined and granted through one-on-one consultation between Mitchell Institute staff and Scholars.