Thomas College Scholarships

College Scholarships Maine

Merit-Based 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: Renewable scholarships of $18,000 ($9,000 per semester) are awarded to first-time college students who meet the required GPA of 3.2 or above. 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. Students who entered before fall 2022 and received $15,000 must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and be enrolled full-time. Students who entered before fall 2017 and received $12,000 or $13,000 must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and be enrolled full-time. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of 4 years of continuous undergraduate study. * Commuter students who meet the above requirements receive $13,000 annually ($6,500 per semester)

Cum Laude Scholarship: Renewable scholarships of $14,000 ($7,000 per semester) are awarded to first-time college students who meet the required GPA of 2.8-3.19. 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. Students who entered before fall 2020 and received $10,000 are held to the same minimum cumulative GPA and enrollment requirements. Students who entered before fall 2017 and received $7,500 or $6,500 are held to the same minimum cumulative GPA and enrollment requirements. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of 4 years of continuous undergraduate study. * Commuter students who meet the above requirements receive $10,000 annually ($5,000 per semester)

Honoris Scholarship: Renewable scholarships of $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) are awarded to first-time college students who meet the required GPA of 2.40-2.79. 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. Students who entered before fall 2020 and received $8,000 are held to the same minimum cumulative GPA and enrollment requirements. Students who entered before fall 2017 and received $5,000 are held to the same minimum cumulative GPA and enrollment requirements. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of 4 years of continuous undergraduate study. * Commuter students who meet the above requirements receive $5,000 annually ($2,500 per semester)

Trustee Transfer Scholarship: Renewable scholarship of $15,000 ($7,500 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. * Commuter students who meet the above requirements receive $12,000 annually ($6,000 per semester)

Presidential Transfer Scholarship: Renewable scholarship of $13,000 ($6,500 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. * Commuter students who meet the above requirements receive $10,000 annually ($5,000 per semester)

Dean Transfer Scholarship: Renewable scholarship of $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) are awarded to transfer college students with an overall transfer GPA of 2.75 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.* Commuter students who meet the above requirements receive $8,000 annually ($4,000 per semester)

Thomas Transfer Award: Renewable scholarship of $8,000 ($4,000 per semester) are awarded to transfer college students with an overall transfer GPA of 2.1 to 2.74 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.* Commuter students who meet the above requirements receive $6,000 annually ($3,000 per semester)

Guaranteed Tuition Merit Award:

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 scholarship equal to the increase in tuition for the next academic year. This merit scholarship is in addition to any other Thomas College merit scholarship that was previously awarded.

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

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 accepted to Thomas College before the fall 2017 class will be grandfathered under the required 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Legacy Scholarship: Renewable scholarship of $1000 ($500 per semester) for any new student that has had a parent, sibling (step relatives included), or grandparent graduate from Thomas College. This scholarship is renewable for up to a maximum of four years of continuous undergraduate study.

The review of applicants will begin after the stated application date each spring for the following fall.

John L. Thomas, Sr. Memorial Scholarships: These scholarships are in memory of John L. Thomas, Sr., founder of Thomas College. They are awarded annually to graduates in the top half of their graduating class at the following high schools: Cony, Erskine Academy, Gardiner, Hall-Dale, Lawrence, Madison, Maine Central Institute, Messalonskee, Mt. View, Nokomis, Skowhegan, Waterville, Winslow, and Winthrop. These scholarships of $1,000 per year are awarded to full-time commuting students who matriculate as first-time freshmen at Thomas College in a four-year degree program. Scholarships will be renewed each year until the student graduates from an undergraduate program of study, provided the student maintains a 2.0 GPA, commutes, and continues in a four-year program.

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.

Scholarships for New and 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, unless otherwise noted. All final determinations are made by the Student Financial Services Office.* Living status may affect some awards.

Agnes Lindsay Scholarship
Awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 are given to students who live in rural New England and demonstrate financial need.

Alden Trust
Awards ranging from $500 to $1,000 are given to students who live in rural New England and demonstrate financial need.

Enterprise Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

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.

The Francis F. Bartlett, Jr. Scholarship Fund
This scholarship will be awarded to either an incoming first-year student 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.

H. Allen Ryan Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to students who graduated from a Maine high school.

The Harold and Bibby Alfond Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to “promising” Maine undergraduate students with demonstrated significant financial need who might not otherwise be able to attend or return to Thomas College.

Lunder Scholarship
Awards from the Lunder Scholars Endowment Fund will be made annually as need-based financial aid grants. First preference will be given to any former Dexter Shoe Company employee and their children; second preference will be 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.

People’s Heritage Bank Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Rancourt Scholarship
First preference is given to students of French Heritage.

View additional Scholarships for Current Students.