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 and opening your options for more affordable colleges in Maine.
To qualify for a merit-based scholarship, apply to Thomas and be accepted as a full-time, undergraduate student. 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.
New student eligibility is based on HS GPA and transfer student eligibility is based on college transfer GPA at time of acceptance to the College.
|Name||GPA Range||Resident||Commuter||Renewal GPA|
|Cum Laude Scholarship||2.8 – 3.49||$14,000||$10,000||2.5|
|Magna Cum Laude Scholarship||3.5 – 3.79||$16,000||$12,000||2.5|
|Summa Cum Laude Scholarship||3.8 – 3.99||$18,000||$13,000||2.75|
|Presidential Academic Achievement Award||4.0||$20,000||$15,000||2.75|
- 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.
- 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.
- John L. Thomas, Sr. Memorial Scholarships: These scholarships are in memory of John L. Thomas, Sr., founder of Thomas College and 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.
- Graduate Resident Merit Scholarship: Domestic and international students accepted into the full-time on-campus MBA program are automatically eligible for an annual scholarship. Applicants with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will receive $18,000, and applicants with a GPA of 3.0-3.49 will receive $14,000. Full-time online students who live on campus are eligible for scholarships between $7,700 and $15,000.
- Graduate Commuter Scholarship: Domestic students accepted into a full-time on-campus MBA program are automatically eligible for an annual scholarship of $7,500. Current Thomas College students going into full-time online graduate programs are eligible for an annual scholarship of $2,500.
Read more about our merit-based scholarships in the Course Catalog.
Scholarships for New Students
Scholarships for Current Students
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have numerous scholarships available for domestic and international students, all of which are listed in our Course Catalog. To be considered for these 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.