COA Scholarships

COA's Presidential Scholarship

College of the Atlantic offers a special, merit-based award to students with exceptional academic achievements and citizenship qualities. Students are automatically reviewed for this award during the application process and financial need is not a prerequisite. Awards may vary but at a minimum they provide a valuable, flexible travel and research grant that can be used to augment a student's academic and/or extracurricular experiences on or off campus. This grant money can be used towards COA's own special programs in international studies or certain other course areas but is not limited to these. For example, it might be used to help fund a study abroad program or summer travel or research opportunities.

Community College Scholarship

If you are soon to graduate from community college you may be eligible for an automatic scholarship. Students who graduate from community college with a 3.0 GPA or higher and with a transferable associate degree may automatically receive a $15,000 scholarship to attend COA. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Alumni of Acadia Institute of Oceanography

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of Acadia Institute of Oceanography. Any incoming student who has attended AIO and is admitted to COA will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a staff member at AIO. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Alumni of Camp Rising Sun

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of Louis August Jonas Foundation's Camp Rising Sun. Any incoming student who has attended Camp Rising Sun and is admitted to COA will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a staff member at Camp Rising Sun. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students starting in the fall of 2012 or later. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Alumni of Chewonki Semester School

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of Chewonki Semester School. Chewonki Semester School is a challenging semester school for eleventh grade students in mid-coast Maine emphasizing the natural world, hands-on work, sustainability, and community. Any incoming student who has attended Chewonki Semester School and is admitted to COA will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher at Chewonki Semester School. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students starting in the fall of 2012 or later. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

AlumnAE of COASTAL STUDIES FOR GIRLS

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumnae of Coastal Studies for Girls, the country's only residential science and leadership school for tenth grade girls. Any incoming student who has completed a semester at Coastal Studies for Girls and is admitted to COA will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a Coastal Studies for Girls teacher. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students starting in the fall of 2012 or later. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Alumni of COA's Summer Field Institute

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of its own COA Summer Field Institute. The Summer Field Institute (SFI) includes Islands Through Time and Rivers: A Wilderness Odyssey and is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors. Any incoming student who has attended SFI and is admitted to COA will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher in SFI . If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students starting in the fall of 2012 or later. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Alumni of COnserve School

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of Conserve School. Conserve School is a semester school that inspires young people to environmental stewardship. Any incoming student who has attended Conserve School and is admitted to COA will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher at Conserve School. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students starting in the fall of 2012 or later. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

FIRST Team and FIRST League

College of the Atlantic  will provide a $10,000 scholarship for any admitted student who has participated at least one full season on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team or have been a mentor for a FIRST Lego League (FLL) team during her/his high school career.

The scholarship is renewable up to a total of $40,000 over four years, contingent upon satisfactory academic progress. Each recipient must meet the regular academic requirements for admission to the College. In addition, students may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Alumni of The Island School

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of The Island School. Any incoming student who has attended The Island School and is admitted to COA will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher at The Island School. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Journey's End Farm Camp

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of Journey’s End Farm Camp. Any student who was a camper at End Farm Camp and is admitted to COA will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a staff member at Journey's End. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid. 

Alumni of Kroka Semester School

College of the Atlantic is proud to offer scholarships to alumni of Kroka Semester School. Kroka offers semester long programs in Vermont and Ecuador that encourage high school students to forge a connection to nature and the spirit within, and a capacity for conscious living and compassionate service. Any incoming student who has attended Kroka Semester School and is admitted to College of the Atlantic (COA) will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher at Kroka. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students starting in the winter of 2013 or later. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Alumni of LEAPYEAR

College of the Atlantic is proud to offer scholarships to alumni of LEAPYEAR. Any incoming student who has participated in a LEAPYEAR program and is admitted to College of the Atlantic (COA) will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a staff member at LEAPYEAR. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students starting in the fall of 2012 or later. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

 Partridge Scholarship

College of the Atlantic is honored to offer the Partridge Scholarship to incoming students from rural New England who have an interest in studying sustainable agriculture and food systems.  The scholarship is for as much as $10,000, depending on the student’s amount of calculated financial need.  The scholarship may also be awarded to fourth year students at COA who hail from rural New England and have focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems while at the college. 

Sierra Student Coalition

College of the Atlantic is offering a scholarship to students who have successfully completed the Sierra Student Coalition's Summer Program (SPROG). SPROG grads who are admitted to COA will automatically receive a $10,000 scholarship, which may be renewable based on academic performance. Interested students should submit a letter of recommendation from their SPROG director, along with their completed COA application. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Alumni of Student Climate & Conservation Congress (SC3)

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of the Green School Alliance's Student Climate & Conservation Congress (Sc3), which is held annually at the National Conservation Training Center. We believe strongly in the importance of the Sc3's mission to "empower outstanding student environmental leaders with the skills, knowledge, and tools necessary to address natural resource conservation challenges and better serve their schools and communities." Any incoming student who has attended the Sc3 and is admitted to COA will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a faculty member at the Sc3. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students starting in the fall of 2013 or later. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Wavus, Kieve and The Leadership School

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of and staff of Wavus, Kieve and The Leadership School. Any incoming student who has attended Wavus, Kieve or The Leadership School or has worked with one of these programs and is admitted to COA will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a director at Wavus, Kieve or The Leadership School. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Alumni of WHALE CAMP

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of Whale Camp, an experiential marine science program in the Bay of Fundy. Any incoming student who has attended Whale Camp and is admitted to College of the Atlantic (COA) will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from the director of Whale Camp. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students starting in the fall of 2012 or later. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Alumni of The woolman Semester

College of the Atlantic offers scholarships to alumni of Woolman Semester. Any incoming student who has attended Woolman Semester and is admitted to College of the Atlantic (COA) will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include a letter of recommendation from a teacher at Woolman Semester. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

Scholarship for Children of Maine Teachers

College of the Atlantic is proud to offer a scholarship for children of full-time college or K-12 school teachers in the state of Maine. Any son or daughter of a Maine teacher who is admitted to College of the Atlantic (COA) will receive a scholarship of $10,000 per year for up to four years. Apply for admission to COA and include proof of parent's full-time employment as a teacher at an accredited K-12 Maine school or college. If admitted, you will automatically receive this scholarship for your first year at COA; an additional $10,000 scholarship is available for each of the next three years of enrollment if satisfactory academic progress is maintained. This scholarship is available to incoming first-year and transfer students. In addition, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

please note

Students are eligible for only one of the above mentioned awards and may not receive a combination of these scholarships. Students must have participated in the program before applying for admission to COA.

Endowed Awards at COA

Through the generosity of numerous donors, we help fund both need and merit based awards to a large number of students. A partial listing of these funds is included below and is continually growing and changing.

  • The Maine Student Scholarship provides need based scholarship awards for students from Maine. It is funded through the Betterment Foundation, H. King and Jean Cummings Charitable Trust, the Fred C. Lynam Fund and Andrew Nixon of the Kenduskeag Foundation and Dead River Company.
  • The General Student Scholarship Fund provides general need based financial aid. Funding sources include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and COA's Silver Anniversary Endowment gifts.
  • The August Heckscher Scholarship Fund provides two annual need based scholarship awards for students (one female, one male) with a preference for juniors focusing on public lands, government or the arts.
  • The Maurine P. and Robert Rothschild Graduate Scholarship Fund provides need based scholarship money to graduate students with preference given to those pursuing work in the education field.
  • The Alice Blum Yoakum Scholarship Fund was established by Mr. Robert H. Blum in honor of his daughter, Alice, to provide support annually to undergraduate students who plan to be actively working for biodiversity and especially for the preservation of underwater species in various parts of the world.
  • The Merrill Scholarship, funded by Mr. Charles Merrill helps sponsor an annual exchange student from Palacky University in the Czech Republic.
  • The Davis-United World College (UWC) Scholars Program is funded by Shelby and Gale Davis. This award provides scholarship money that covers the full financial need of UWC graduates that enroll at COA.
  • The Craig Greene Scholarship and Campus Stewardship Fund was established in memory of our longtime faculty member, Craig Greene; his passion for botany, natural history and human ecology inspired a generation of students. Funds support need based scholarship and campus stewardship.
  • The Rebecca Clark Memorial Scholarship was founded to honor Rebecca, a graduate of COA, who tragically lost her life in the tsunami of December 2004 while conducting research on sea turtles in Thailand. The scholarship provides merit based scholarship money with a preference towards juniors with marine science and/or policy interests.