Detailed Application Instructions


Applications are due March 1.


You are eligible for the Mainely Character scholarship if,

  1. You live in Maine.
  2. You are graduating from high school in the year of your application.
  3. Your high school is located in Maine. We do not accept applications from students attending high school out of state.
  4. You will be going onto an accredited post-secondary institution directly after graduation from high school. If you are considering a “gap year” between high school and post-secondary education, you must apply during your senior year of high school, and you must have already committed to a post-secondary institution.

If you do not meet all the eligibility criteria, your application will not be accepted.

PART ONE:  Personal Information

Complete all of the information so we can contact you and your school administrator.

PART TWO: Reference

Provide contact information for three references who know you well enough to attest to your character, especially the information you provide in your Character Statement.  We do not recommend choosing relatives as references unless there are extenuating circumstances. Do NOT provide written references with your application.

PART THREE: Character Statement

Mainely Character Scholarships are awarded to individuals who demonstrate these four core principles of exemplary character:

Concern: Communicating compassion and a caring attitude toward others.
Responsibility: Demonstrating commitment and conviction through your actions.
Integrity: Acting ethically and remaining true to your personal values.
Courage: Taking risks and following your conscience with fearlessness.

The Character Statement is your opportunity to tell us about YOUR character in YOUR own words. In your statement, please include stories/specific examples from YOUR life that you believe accurately illustrate YOUR character. Aim to convey how YOUR character has been shaped and challenged by experiences and events. What you choose to write here will be all that we will know about you; please be detailed.

The structure of the Character Statement includes six prompts. Please respond to the prompts in 6 numbered sections of up to 150 words each. Number your responses in order (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) so we can associate them with the prompts.
If you would prefer to write a narrative essay, please identify the prompt responses within the essay (i.e. [#1] directly after the appropriate section).

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