The Island Institute supports students in academic and professional-development pursuits. We firmly believe that these students contribute to the viability and vitality of life in year-round island and working waterfront communities.

2016 Island Scholars Luncheon

Since 1990, the Island Institute has made over 1,070 scholarship awards totaling more than $2 million. In 2016, we granted over $110,000 to 73 island students, offering financial assistance to all qualifying island residents and enabling recipients to pursue academic and life-enriching endeavors at colleges and universities across North America. In addition to support for post-secondary education, we also offer a middle, high school, and college scholarship program (the Geiger Scholarship) for students pursuing camp, study abroad, or semester enrichment programs that enables students to have unique experiences that both prepare them for college and life beyond.

MAP Program

Beginning in this 2016-2017 school year, high school juniors are invited to apply to our Mentoring, Access, and Persistence (MAP) Program, which provides students with leadership training, monthly webinars, college and scholarship application assistance, and a college peer mentor, in addition to a $500/year renewable scholarship for post-secondary education.  These services are available to eligible island high school juniors, including those interested in pursuing “non-traditional paths” such as two-year, vocational, or technical programs at an accredited institution, and to students who are uncertain of their future plans. 

Applications for MAP will be accepted between December 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017.  Check back here at the end of November for a link to the online application.

Click here for more information about MAP:  PDF icon MAP Brochure

Maine Island Scholarship Renewal

We will be running a ONE-TIME Maine Island Scholarship Renewal for island students who are currently attending post-secondary education or will graduate from high school in 2017. Awards will be renewable for up to four years of post-secondary education. Students will not need to reapply each year, but will be asked to submit a copy of their transcript to the Island Institute. Graduating high school students who plan to take a gap year for 2017-2018 and then begin post-secondary education should apply this year and defer their award. 

Applications will be accepted between December 1st, 2016 and February 28, 2017.  Check back here at the end of November for a link to the online application.

Geiger Scholarship


The Geiger Scholarship supports students from Maine’s year-round, un-bridged islands who are eager to expand their educational horizons through enrichment and travel experiences. Taylor Littlefield of Vinalhaven in Italy Students are eligible for one Geiger Scholarship award during middle school, one during high school, one during college, and one as a gap year.  Scholarships support the following groups of students:

  • Middle School students attending summer camps, travel, or enrichment programs
  • High School students participating in semester enrichment programs or attending a summer camp, travel, or enrichment program  
  • College Students participating in a semester or summer study abroad program
  • Students enrolled in a gap year program between high school and post-secondary education

The Geiger Scholarship is intended to serve students who may not otherwise have these experiences.  To be eligible, a student must be a resident of one of Maine’s 15 year-round, un-bridged islands, be in 6th grade or above, and be currently enrolled in or have graduated from the highest grade level available at his/her island school.  Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

The three application deadlines are as follows:

  • EXTENDED TO NOV. 30 (valid for any program beginning before November 30, 2017)
  • March 31 (valid for any program beginning before March 31 of the following year)
  • July 31 (valid for any program beginning before July 31 of the following year)

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Questions?  Contact Caroline Moore at or (207) 594-9209 x 159.

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