The Mitchell Scholarship
The Mitchell Institute awards scholarships each year to graduating seniors from Maine’s public high schools as they pursue higher education. The 2017 recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship, representing 133 high schools from every community in Maine, each will receive a scholarship award for $9,000 to be paid out in four equal installments of $2,250. In an effort to help as many Maine students as possible to attain higher education, the Mitchell Institute provides scholarships for Maine students planning to attend colleges both in- and out-of-state.
Once Scholars are selected, the Mitchell Institute helps them navigate college and the world beyond through personal and professional supports. Beyond offering the financial support of the scholarship, the Mitchell Institute is committed to offering a wide array of personal, academic and professional support programs, as well as a network of more than 2,500 Mitchell Scholars, Alumni, and partners – all of which amount to much more than a check.
Mitchell Scholarship Application
Eligibility 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. Boarding students from households with residency outside of Maine are not eligible to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship. 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 are evaluated based on the following criteria: academic potential, community impact, and financial need.
Deadlines and Required Materials
The online application for the Mitchell Scholarship is now open! We welcome eligible high school seniors to submit applications via this site before midnight on April 1, 2017.
In addition to the online form that must be submitted before April 1, the following supplemental materials are required by May 1, 2017 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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- *College/university acceptance letter
- **College/university financial aid award letter
*Please provide only one letter for your top choice; you are welcome to send a new letter along if you decide to enroll at a different school after submitting your application.
**If this information is not available by May 1, please send along an estimate and/or other correspondence from the financial aid office until you receive the official letter.
The supplemental materials may be submitted in a variety of ways since they may not all be available by April 1:
- All materials may be uploaded along with the online form before April 1 (after which the online form will no longer be accessible).
- Some materials may be uploaded electronically before April 1, and the rest may be sent directly to the Mitchell Institute before May 1 by email, mail (postmark), or fax.
- All supplemental materials may be sent directly to the Mitchell Institute before May 1 by email, mail (postmark), or fax.
Thank you for your interest. We wish you all the best, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Welcome to the Family
Each summer after the selection of our Mitchell Scholars, the Mitchell Institute hosts a Welcome Brunch 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. 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.
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.
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.
A signature program of the Institute, our Fellowship Awards offer support to qualified Scholars and Alumni in their pursuit of internships, service learning, and study abroad 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 have pursued, 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.
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.
Bridging the Gap
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 considered and granted through one-on-one consultation between Mitchell Institute staff and Scholars.