Honors Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

Honors Scholarships

Rolling Applications – Apply at any time!

  • Charlie Slavin Research Fund The Charlie Slavin Fund was established with a gift from Charlie’s wife, Nancy Hall, and many of Charlie’s family, friends and colleagues from across the country after his unexpected death in 2012. This fund provides support for undergraduate research (e.g. field work, surveys, laboratory experiments, library research, analysis, travel, equipment) being conducted by students in the Honors College.
  • Bill and Betsy Pullen Leitch ’55 Conference and Study Abroad Fund
    The Honors College can help students with grants of up to $500 for travel to disciplinary conferences to present on their research and help with funding for study abroad. These awards are made possible by a generous donation from Bill Leitch in honor of his late wife, Betsy Pullen Leitch ’55. (Deceased)

Fall Semester: Important: Please prepare application essays ahead of time (i. You can view the essay prompt by selecting the fellowship for which you are applying on the form, then looking at the bottom of the form for the “upload” section which will change depending on the fellowship.

  • Carolyn Reed Pre-Medical Thesis Fellowships One award of $2500 will be offered in 2019-2020 to support a thesis student that has a connection to medicine and the work ethic exemplified by Dr. Reed ’72, the first woman to become a member of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  Carolyn Reed Pre-Medical  Application
  • Rendle A. Jones ’65 and Patricia K. Jones ’65 Thesis Fellowship One award of $2000 will be offered in 2019-2020 to support a thesis student who expresses an interest in legal service in the public arena. A preference will be given to applications of students who wish to explore through qualitative and quantitative research the history of the law or current affairs related to public health & human services, community development, and conservation issues or policy issues on a wide range of topics. Jones application
  • Thomas E. Lynch ’38 Thesis Scholarship Three $1500 Lynch Thesis Fellowships will be awarded to Honors College students in the process of writing their theses in any discipline. Thomas E. Lynch graduated from the University of Maine in 1938 with a degree in electrical engineering, and in 1983, he was awarded the Alumni Association Career Award.  His trust graciously established funds for these honors thesis fellowship awards.  Lynch Application
  • Barbara A. Ouellette Honors Thesis Fellowship The distributions from the fund shall be used to provide University of Maine Honors College thesis fellowship awards for students, in the amount of up to $500, with a preference for students with financial need. Ouellette Application
  • INBRE/Honors College Comparative Functional Genomics Thesis Fellowships Thesis Fellowships are available to Honors College students who are working on Honors theses in biomedical research in comparative functional genomics with INBRE research scientists  at the University of Maine.  Fellowships will be awarded competitively based on applications that will be judged by a committee composed of INBRE faculty.  Small awards are also provided to the thesis advisors to support the research projects.
  • Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) also supports undergraduate research. Fall deadline is similar to Honors deadlines.

Spring Semester

  • Charles V. Stanhope ’71 Study Abroad Fellowship
    Funds for Honors College Students studying abroad.  There is typically one $1000 award each year.
  • Rezendes Global Service Scholarship
    Honors College Students who wish to make a difference, both locally and globally.  These scholarships enable a student to take part in a service opportunity far from America’s shores.  Past recipients have traveled to Ireland, Ghana, Peru, and Tanzania.
  • Jaipur Literature Festival
    Beau Rezendes, a dedicated supporter of the Honors College has graciously created an opportunity for students to travel to Boulder, CO for the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Other Honors Opportunities

  • Rezendes Ethics Essay Competition All current undergraduate students matriculated at the University of Maine are invited to submit an 8 to 10 page essay that focuses on an ethical topic (to be announced each year), broadly construed. Papers on any topic of ethical concern are also welcome.
  • Undergraduate Research in Comparative Functional Genomics (INBRE/MDIBL collaborations) Opportunities for Honors College students who are interested in hands-on, cutting-edge research in functional genomics.  These include summer fellowships, academic year support for third- and fourth-year students, a very successful course taught at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory each year during spring break, and the first-year research courses HON 150/155:  Genome Discovery I/II:  From Dirt to DNA/From DNA to Genes.
  • INBRE – MDIBL Spring Break Course Application “Vacation time” well spent!  Eight days at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory doing hands-on scientific research with outstanding scholars at an internationally renowned research institution.  Doesn’t get any better than this.  Open to second-, third-, and fourth-year members of the Honors College in good standing and with appropriate academic backgrounds.   Limited to 16 students; applications are open between mid-October and mid-November.


Local Scholarships

More opportunities open to students at The University of Maine.  We offer this information and guidance as a service to any students who are considering applying.

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National Scholarships

All of these opportunities are open to all students at The University of Maine, through the Office of Major Scholarships.  We offer this information and guidance as a service to any students who are considering applying.

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Celebration Awards

These awards recipients are selected from the Honors student body at-large by an Honors committee appointed by the Dean. These awards do not require an application.

  • Steinmetz Book Award The John Ferdinand Steinmetz Memorial Award was established in 1962 through a gift from the family of the late John Ferdinand Steinmetz ’43. This award is given annually to first-year Honors students demonstrating outstanding character and appropriate need.

  • Robert B. Thomson Memorial Thesis Fellowship The Robert B. Thomson Memorial Awards were established in 1984 by family and friends and are awarded to outstanding Honors College juniors majoring in Political Science and in Art.

  • Aspirations Scholarship The Honors College Aspiration Scholarship Fund was established by the University of Maine Foundation in 2002 with a gift from Nancy B. Prisk ’72. The fund shall be used to provide scholarship aid for hard-working students enrolled in the Honors College.

  • Mark R. Haskell and Katherine Z. Haskell Scholarship The Mark R. Haskell ‘82 and Katherine Zeitlin Haskell Honors Scholarship Fund was established at the University of Maine Foundation in 2015 to provide scholarship assistance to University of Maine Honors College students, with a preference for students majoring in Political Science.

  • Professor Melvin Gershman Scholarship The Professor Melvin Gershman Scholarship Fund was established at the University of Maine in 1998 with gifts from family, friends, and associates to provide scholarship assistance to meritorious science students enrolled at the University of Maine. Preference shall be given to students in the Honors College whose curriculum includes a strong emphasis in the humanities.

  • Honors College Service Award This award recognizes one or more graduates of the Honors College for outstanding commitment and contributions to the University of Maine Honors community. The award is supported by gifts from our graduates.