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.
Since 1990, the Island Institute has made over 870 scholarship awards totaling more than $1.6 million. In 2015, we granted over $150,000 to 68 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. We also offer a middle and high school semester and summer program scholarship that enables students to have unique experiences that both prepare them for college and life beyond.
The Geiger Scholarship supports students who wish to broaden their educational horizons with enrichment and travel experiences. Between 5-10 scholarships will be given a year to:
- Middle or High School students attending summer camps, travel, or enrichment programs
- High School students participating in semester enrichment programs or travel experiences
- College Students participating in a semester or summer study abroad or a gap year program
The Geiger Scholarship is intended to serve students from one of the Casco Bay, Down East, or Penobscot Bay un-bridged islands who may not have these experiences otherwise. It provides students who are eager to expand their educational horizons with a scholarship that can be paid directly towards tuition costs or program fees.
For more information and to request an application, contact Caroline Moore, Community Development Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maine Island Scholarship
This scholarship is available to year-round residents of Maine's 15 unbridged island communities attending post-secondary institutions. Scholarships range from $250 to $5,000 annually. There is no limit on the number of scholarships that will be given. Available to first-time and renewal applicants.
Available to Island students who will be attending a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical institution, including non-traditional students, who also meet the following residency requirements are eligible for the scholarship:
Chebeague, Cliff, Great Cranberry, Great Diamond, Frenchboro, Isle Au Haut, Islesford, Long, Matinicus, Monhegan, Peaks, and Swan’s: Applicants must have been a resident of the island for at least three years prior to graduating from high school.
Islesboro, North Haven, Vinalhaven: Applicants must have graduated from their island’s high school and have been a resident of the island for at least three years prior to graduating from their high school.
The 2016 Maine Island Scholarship application will be available starting in January 2016 and is due April 1, 2016
Special Scholarships Available Through The Maine Island Scholarship
Louis W. Cabot Academic and Community Leadership Scholarship
- This $10,000 scholarship awards $2,500 to a graduating high-school senior (year-round un-bridged island resident) who exemplifies a combination of academic excellence and leadership. Each recipient will be considered for a renewal Cabot Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 for each of three succeeding academic years, based on demonstrated academic success in the previous year. The winner of the scholarship will be a high school graduate who exemplifies academic excellence; and who is recognized by his or her peers, teachers and community as exemplifying the true spirit of leadership in service to others. This scholarship also requires a second essay. Available to one graduating high-school senior only.
S. Parkman Shaw Scholarship:
- This $10,000 scholarship will be given to a junior or senior in college (year-round un-bridged island resident). If you receive this scholarship and are going into your junior year, the scholarship will be split into a $5,000 payment in your junior with the option for renewal for senior year based on demonstrated success in the previous year. The winner of this scholarship will be an upperclassman who demonstrates not only successful academic growth and achievement over his or her college career, but also the capacity to overcome unique challenges and/or difficult circumstances. This prestigious scholarship also requires a second essay. Available to current college sophomore and junior applicants only.
- This $10,000 scholarship awards $2,500 to a graduating high-school senior (year-round un-bridged island resident) who exemplifies a combination of academic excellence and leadership. The recipient will be considered for a renewal Sweet Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 for each of three succeeding academic years, based on demonstrated academic success in the previous year. Available to graduating high-school seniors only.
Seth Jordan Memorial Fund Scholarship:
- A one time award of $2,500 will be given to the top ranked graduating high school senior residing in Casco Bay. Available to graduating high-school senior applicants only.
Island Internship Program
During the summer of 2016, the Island Institute will be revamping our internship program to better meet the needs of island students. Instead of placing students in pre-designed internship experiences, as in years past, the Island Institute will support students in building customized internships unique to his/her major, career interests, and educational institution.
The Island Institute will be a resource for Island Scholars, serving as a sounding board and idea bank for placements, facilitating details of the internship, and advocating on behalf of the student to help them receive college credit or a stipend for their time. Unlike past years, the host site for the internship is not limited to Maine’s islands, but can be anywhere.
We’re looking for passionate, self-starting Island Scholars interested in designing a summer internship that directly connects with their major and/or career aspirations. To submit a proposal, type up a few paragraphs highlighting what you want to do and why, being sure to explain how the internship will further your educational and career goals. If you don’t have an exact match for an organization that fits your needs, that’s okay. At this step in the process, just highlight what you’re looking to do and to gain from the internship experience with as much detail as possible. Proposals will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Questions? Want to chat about different opportunities? Contact Caroline Moore, Community Development Associate at email@example.com or (207) 594-9209 x159.