NORTHEAST HARBOR — Maine Seacoast Mission’s Scholarship Program Application for Academic Year 2022-23 is now available online. The deadline for applying is Feb. 26.

Mission Scholarships are open to individuals who graduate from an accredited public and independent high school or live in Hancock and Washington counties or the islands we serve. Scholarships are based on academic achievement (at least a 2.5 GPA), motivation and aspiration, community service, future academic plan and career goals, an individual’s plan to reduce their financial debt burden, application, and strength of interview. Preference is given to students with a financial need and those interested in living and working in Maine upon program completion.

Since 1918, the Mission has awarded almost $3 million to 3,692 deserving students from Maine’s outer islands and Downeast coastal communities. Each year twenty-five scholarships are given to students based on financial need and academic promise. Because our scholarships can be renewed for multiple years, the Mission has nearly 100 active scholars in any given year.

“Each year the Mission provides scholarships to more than 25 high school seniors and 40 students enrolled in a higher education institution or a career preparation program in Maine, New England, and across the U.S.,” said Downeast Director Melvin D. Adams III, EdD.


Some of our generous donors endow scholarships exclusively for youth in our region. The Mission’s Angus MacDonald scholarship, for example, offers an award of $14,000 over four years to an exceptional high school graduate who has demonstrated superior academic achievement, leadership skills, integrity, and commitment to the community.

To learn more about all the Mission’s individual scholarships, and to apply, click here: https://seacoastmission.org/downeast/scholarships/

For inquiries about scholarships, email Scholarship Program Coordinator Wendy Harrington at wharrington@seacoastmission.org or call 207-610-9446.

Rooted in a history of compassionate service and mutual trust, Maine Seacoast Mission seeks to strengthen coastal and island communities by educating youth, supporting families, and promoting good health. We offer healthcare, education, food, shelter, and spiritual support by land and by sea. For more information, please visit https://www.seacoastmission.org/.