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College of the Atlantic presidential and deans’ scholarships

These merit-based awards are available for incoming students based on academic achievement and citizenship qualities. The amount of the awards vary. All applicants will be considered for these awards—simply complete your application for admission to COA.

Children of Maine teachers scholarship 

Incoming students with a parent who is a full-time college or K-12 teacher in Maine are eligible for this $10,000/year award. To apply, complete this form and include documentation of your parent’s employment at an accredited Maine school in your admission application.

Community college scholarships

Graduates of community college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and with a transferable Associate’s Degree, are eligible for this $15,000/year award, available for up to two years of study. To apply, complete this form prior to your admission deadline. Dual enrolled high school students are not eligible. 

Yellow Ribbon Program

Veterans or their designated transferee may receive additional funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program to help fill the gap between Post-9/11 GI Bill funds and the student’s tuition and fees. To learn more and check your eligibility, please visit the Dept. of Veterans Affairs website.

The remaining awards are all worth $10,000/year for up to four years. To receive the scholarship:
  • Complete this form prior to the admission application deadline.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or staff member at the respective program—this letter should be included in your admission application, and may be one of your two teacher recommendations.

ALUMNI OF ACADIA INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY
ALUMNI OF CAMP RISING SUN
ALUMNI OF CHEWONKI SEMESTER SCHOOL
ALUMNAE OF COASTAL STUDIES FOR GIRLS
ALUMNI OF CONSERVE SCHOOL
PARTICIPANTS IN FIRST TEAM AND FIRST LEAGUE
ALUMNI OF THE ISLAND SCHOOL
PARTICIPANTS IN JOURNEY’S END FARM CAMP
ALUMNI OF KROKA SEMESTER EXPEDITIONS
ALUMNI OF LEAPYEAR 
GRADUATES OF SIERRA STUDENT COALITION SUMMER PROGRAM
ALUMNI OF STUDENT CLIMATE & CONSERVATION CONGRESS (SC3)
ALUMNI OF COA’S SUMMER FIELD INSTITUTE
ALUMNI OF WAVUS, KIEVE AND THE LEADERSHIP SCHOOL
ALUMNI OF WHALE CAMP

IMPORTANT:
Students are eligible to receive only one of the above mentioned awards for up to four years, as long as they maintain full-time enrollment and good academic standing. Students must have completed their participation in these programs prior to applying to COA.

Finding outside scholarships

Free scholarship search services:

www.fastweb.com
www.collegeboard.org

Ask around! 

Consider calling clubs, organizations, or small businesses in your town, city, or county. You may be surprised at how many offer scholarships—you just need to find out whether you meet qualifications. 

COA’s outside scholarship policy

At COA, we have a generous policy in dealing with outside scholarships: 

If a student applies for an outside scholarship and notifies us by July 1 of the award year, we will apply 100% of the amount awarded towards any unmet need. In the event that unmet need is then met and an over-award exists, we will reduce self-help aid (work study and/or loans) before any reductions in institutional aid are made.