Scholarship Scholarship

The Mitchell Scholarship

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.

The 2019 recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship, representing more than 130 high schools from every community in Maine, each will receive a scholarship award for $10,000 to be paid out in four equal installments of $2,500. In an effort 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.

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 nearly 3,000 Mitchell Scholars, Alumni, and partners—all of which amounts to much more than a check.

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Mitchell Scholarship Application

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be a legal resident of Maine and graduating in spring 2019 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: academic potential, community impact, and financial need.

2019 Mitchell Scholarship Application:
The application for high school students graduating in 2019 is now closed. For those who already submitted an online application, please note the following documents are required before midnight on May 1, 2019 to complete the application:

  • The acceptance letter for your top college choice
  • The financial aid award letter for your top college choice

Please provide only one set of letters for your top choice; you are welcome to send new acceptance and financial aid letters along at any time if you decide to enroll at a different school after submitting your application.

Note: please make sure to include your name and your high school’s name on all documents.

If your financial aid award letter 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. If your college does not provide a financial aid award letter, you may submit a screenshot of your online student account (e.g., MaineStreet).

Online applications are no longer accessible. You may send supplemental documents to the Mitchell Institute via:

  • Email:
  • Mail (postmarked by May 1): 75 Washington Avenue, Suite 2E, Portland, ME 04101
  • Fax: 207-773-1133

Applicants will be notified of the decisions by mid-June. Thank you for your interest in the Mitchell Scholarship program!

We would also 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

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

All the Wisdom and None of the Junk: Secrets of Applying for College Admission and Scholarships from the Boettcher Foundation

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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.

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Experiences of a Lifetime

Save the Dates:
MILE I: October 6-8, 2017
MILE II: March 3, 2018

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.


Fellowship Awards Fellowship Awards

Opportunity Knocks

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.

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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.

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Promise Fund Promise Fund

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.

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