Scholarships

Here’s where your hard work starts to pay off—literally. We know that you’re invested in your education, and merit-based scholarships are one way of recognizing your continuing success.

To qualify for a merit-based scholarship, apply to Thomas and be accepted. There’s no additional application, and all of these awards are renewable every year you study at Thomas as long as you meet basic criteria. In addition to assistance granted with your acceptance to Thomas, we offer scholarships for new students based on select criteria—and many scholarships for students after their first years at Thomas.

You may qualify for merit-based financial aid without filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), but we strongly encourage all families to file this application for need-based aid to ensure that you are eligible for all the assistance available to you. Thomas College is an NCAA Division III institution and therefore does not offer athletic scholarships of any kind.

Summa Cum Laude Scholarship

New for Fall 2017, renewable scholarships of $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) are awarded to first-time college students who meet the required GPA. The Admissions Committee will review students’ information at the time of acceptance. Students who receive this scholarship must be enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of 4 years of continuous undergraduate study.
* Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2017 that received $12,000 to $13,000 in scholarships must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Magna Cum Laude Scholarship

New for Fall of 2017, renewable scholarships of $12,500 ($6,250 per semester) are awarded to first-time college students who meet the required GPA. The Admissions Committee will review students’ information at the time of acceptance. Students who receive this scholarship must be enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of 4 years of continuous undergraduate study.
* Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2017 that received $9,000 to $10,000 in scholarships must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.

Cum Laude Scholarship

New for Fall of 2017, renewable scholarships of $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) are awarded to first-time college students who meet the required GPA. The Admissions Committee will review students’ information at the time of acceptance. Students who receive this scholarship must be enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of 4 years of continuous undergraduate study.
* Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2017 that received $6,000 to $7,500 in scholarships must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.

Honoris Scholarship

New for Fall of 2017, renewable scholarships of $8,000 ($4,000 per semester) are awarded to first-time college students who meet the required GPA. The Admissions Committee will review students’ information at the time of acceptance. Students who receive this scholarship must be enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of 4 years of continuous undergraduate study.
* Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2017 that received $5,000 in scholarships must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.

 

Trustee Transfer Scholarship

Renewable scholarship of $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) are awarded to transfer college students with an overall transfer GPA of 3.5 or higher and at least 12 transfer credits. The Admissions Committee will review students’ information at the time of acceptance. Students who receive this scholarship must be enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of 4 years of continuous undergraduate study.

Presidential Transfer Scholarship

Renewable scholarship of $7,500 ($3,750 per semester) are awarded to transfer college students with an overall transfer GPA of 3.0 to 3.49 and at least 12 transfer credits. The Admissions Committee will review students’ information at the time of acceptance. Students who receive this scholarship must be enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of 4 years of continuous undergraduate study.

Dean Transfer Scholarship

Renewable scholarship of $5,000 ($2,500 per semester) are awarded to transfer college students with an overall transfer GPA of 2.5 to 2.99 and at least 12 transfer credits. The Admissions Committee will review students’ information at the time of acceptance. Students who receive this scholarship must be enrolled full-time and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of 4 years of continuous undergraduate study.

Guaranteed Tuition Merit-Based Award

Beginning with new students entering in the Fall of 2017, after final grades have been submitted for the spring semester, Thomas College full-time students who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher will be awarded a merit-based scholarship equal to the increase in tuition for the next academic year. This merit-based scholarship is in addition to any other Thomas College merit-based scholarship that was previously awarded.

This merit-based scholarship is awarded each year of full-time attendance at Thomas College that the student earns a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher each year.

Students must complete two semesters of full-time study at Thomas College to be eligible for this program. (Students starting in the spring semester will not be eligible until the following year.) The scholarship is only awarded after the spring semester cumulative GPA calculations are complete.
* Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2017 must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Graduate Merit-Based Scholarship

Domestic & International students accepted into the full-time Accelerated MBA program are automatically considered for this annual, one- time, $5,000 scholarship ($2,500 per semester). Students must have an incoming undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Business Educators Association of Maine (BEAM) Scholarships

Each year, high school students from all regions of Maine vie in local, regional, and state competitions, testing their skill and knowledge in different business subject areas. Those students who finish in the top three places in each contest in the state competition are awarded scholarships to be used during their first year at Thomas. Students must be enrolled full time. The BEAM scholarship amounts are as follows: first place, $2,500; second place, $1,500; third place, $1,000. These scholarships are not transferable to other institutions.

 

 

Scholarships for Current Students

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the following scholarships are available for students. To be considered for the following scholarships, a student must file the FAFSA and demonstrate financial need as determined by the Student Financial Services Office. No additional application is necessary.

John Thomas, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

$1,000 renewable scholarships awarded to students graduating in the top half of their class from the following Maine high schools: Cony, Erskine Academy, Gardiner, Hall-Dale, Lawrence, Madison, Maine Central Institute, Messalonskee, Mt. View, Nokomis, Skowhegan, Waterville, Winslow, and Winthrop.

The Francis F. Bartlett, Jr. Scholarship Fund

This scholarship will be awarded to either an incoming freshman who is in the top half of his or her high school class, or to a returning student with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.

Allen Ryan Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to students who graduated from a Maine high school.

Alden Trust

This trust was established to help students enrolled in an education major.

Ford Grant Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Lunder Scholarship

Awards from the Lunder Scholars Endowment Fund are made annually as need-based financial aid grants. First preference is for former Dexter Shoe Company employees and their children; second preference is for eligible Maine residents.

Margaret Marnet Endowment

Awards from the Margaret Marnet Endowment Fund will be awarded to a well-qualified and deserving student. First preference will be made to an emancipated minor.

Morris Endowment Fund

Several awards of varying amounts are awarded to students who live in China, Maine or the surrounding area and demonstrate financial need.

Johnson W. and Ann S. Parks Endowed Memorial Scholarships

Several scholarships of varying amounts are given annually to returning students from a bequest of Johnson W. Parks, whose wife Ann was a trustee of Thomas College.  The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

Alumni Scholarship

Applicants for this scholarship must be juniors and have completed at least 90 credits at Thomas College in the Bachelor’s degree program by the end of the spring semester. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. A review team of Alumni Association Board members selects the scholarship winners. Applicants’ academic achievements, leadership, and service to the College are all considered.

Rancourt Scholarship

First preference is given to students of French Heritage.

Special Education Opportunity Scholarship

In most instances, Thomas College merit-based scholarships and institutional financial aid (as opposed to federal and state financial aid) do not extend to students participating in special educational programs such as the Criminal Justice Academy, Washington Center for internships, L’Ecole Atalntique de Commerce, API or ISA.

In those cases where Thomas College tuition and fees exceed those charged by that alternative institution, students may qualify for a special educational opportunity scholarship up to the difference between Thomas College tuition and fees and the tuition at the alternative institution, should a difference exist. For more information, please contact the SFS office.

Stephen Brown Memorial Scholarship

Full time undergraduate students enrolled in a four-year program with any major may apply for this scholarship. The applicant must be a freshman, sophomore, or junior with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.  The recipient of this scholarship is selected by a review team including faculty members, the Director of Financial Aid, the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the Director of Alumni Relations.

Faculty & Staff Scholarship

Full time undergraduate first-year students with a grade point average of 2.5 or better may apply for this scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship will be selected by a committee of faculty and staff in consultation with the Director of Financial Aid. The committee will consider financial need, academic performance, and the applicant’s cover letter and resume.  The award is for one year only.

Salvatore Leone and Family Endowed Scholarship

Mr. Salvatore Leone, Class of 1967 and 2001 Distinguished Alumnus, has established this scholarship to be awarded annually to student planning to major in Sports Management. Preference is given to a first year student.

Charles P. Ryan Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship has been established in memory of Charlie Ryan, Class of 1977, a member of the Thomas College Athletic Hall of Fame. It is awarded annually to student who is planning to major in Sports Management.  Preference is given to a first year student.

Treetops Scholarship

Scholarships are granted to students who will have attended for four years and graduated from Messalonskee, Waterville, Winslow, or Lawrence High School. Scholarships will be given to students demonstrating significant financial need, with first preference given to those whose parents have no college education. Students must retain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 to be eligible for and to retain this scholarship.