Application deadline: February 28, 2020

Mentoring, Access, and Persistence—or MAP—is designed for students from or attending school on Maine’s 15 year-round, unbridged islands. Our goal is to support a cohort of students throughout the college application and transition process by providing leadership training, monthly webinars, individualized support, peer mentoring, and scholarship support.

MAP resources

  • Summer Leadership Intensive: During the summer between their junior and senior years, MAP Scholars will be invited to participate in a multi-day leadership training that will benefit all students, regardless of their future plans.
  • Monthly Webinars: Island Institute staff will host monthly webinars on topics such as: Time Management, College Applications, Financial Aid, Scholarship Search, College Expectations, and Financial Literacy.
  • Online Resource Toolbox: There’s so much information out there about colleges, scholarships, and navigating transitions that it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ve pulled together a list of helpful resources—organized by subject matter—to help you connect with the information you need.
  • Individualized Support: Island Institute staff will be available to provide individualized support to MAP Scholars and their families.
  • Peer Mentor: Graduating high school seniors will be paired with island student mentors currently enrolled in college. Mentors will provide support to their mentees through weekly check-ins and events during the year.
  • Scholarship: MAP Scholars who successfully meet program requirements will receive a $2,000 scholarship, at $500/year for up to four years. Each year, a MAP student from Casco Bay will receive the Seth Jordan Memorial Scholarship, a one-time gift of $3,000, and a student from Downeast and the Penobscot Bay region will receive the Peter and Philip Scholarship for $3,000.

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. 

Eligibility and program requirements 

For more information about the MAP Program, including eligibility and program requirements, download a copy of the brochure:  The Map to MAP


Please contact us at scholarships@islandinstitute.org with any questions.


For more information on all of the Island Institute's scholarship and transition support, visit www.islandinstitute.org/program/education/scholarships.