The Island Institute provides financial support for educational, enrichment, and workforce experiences to help prepare island and coastal high school students and young adults for post-secondary education and training opportunities.

We aim to help prepare island and coastal students and young adults for education and training opportunities after high school and connect them to employers and careers along Maine’s coast and beyond. This support takes the shape of:

  • Travel and enrichment beginning in middle school with the Geiger Scholarship
  • Post-secondary education support through the Mentoring, Access, and Persistence (MAP) program and the Maine Island Scholarship
  • Access to career opportunities through Compass Workforce Grants

 

Our Scholarships at a Glance

The Geiger Scholarship

Middle school through college students

The Geiger Scholarship offers financial support for students interested in expanding their educational horizons through off-island enrichment and travel experiences, including summer camp, semester study abroad, and gap year programs.

Explore this Story Map and discover the unlimited possibilities!

Currently accepting applications through February 28, 2023!

APPLY HERE

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GEIGER SCHOLARSHIP


 

 

Mentoring, Access, & Persistence (MAP) Program

Island high school juniors and seniors

The Mentoring, Access, and Persistence (MAP) Program provides transition and scholarship support to students as they navigate steps after high school. MAP provides a cohort experience, leadership training, individual post-secondary planning support, and a scholarship for students—$1,500 a year, renewable up to four years for those who enroll in post-secondary education.

Currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for the high school class of 2023!

APPLY HERE  RENEW HERE

LEARN MORE ABOUT MAP


 

Maine Island Sweet Scholarship

Students pursuing post-secondary education

The Sweet Scholarship provides financial support for one graduating high school senior from a Maine island. Applicants should demonstrate a high level of commitment to their academics, extracurriculars, communities, and development as leaders. This scholarship provides $2,500/year and is renewable for up to four years.

Currently accepting applications through February 28, 2023!

APPLY HERE  RENEW HERE

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SWEET SCHOLARSHIP


 

 

Island student at The Apprenticeshop Rockland

Compass Workforce Grant

Young adults ages 15-30

The Compass Workforce Grant provides financial support for young adults from Maine’s islands, including Deer Isle-Stonington, to help pay for workforce expenses associated with obtaining a certificate or credential used to pursue a job or career path. The Compass Workforce Grant provides grants of up to $2,000.

Currently accepting applications on a rolling basis!

APPLY HERE

LEARN MORE ABOUT COMPASS


 

Check out our Scholarship Overview

For a full overview of each of our scholarship and grant opportunities, including award amounts eligibility requirements, and application details, check out our Scholarship Overview.