Honors Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

Travel

  • National Collegiate Honors Council Conference Each year, the Honors College brings fifteen to twenty students to this event. Students participate in the academic discourse of the conference while exploring an interesting U.S. city. Recent conferences have been held in Denver, Chicago, and Seattle! The Fall 2018 Conference is being held in Atlanta!
  • 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)
  • Rezendes Global Service Scholarship Fund for 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. Application opens in Spring semester of each year.
  • Conference on World Affairs The Rezendes’ graciously created an opportunity for students to travel to Boulder, CO for the Conference on World Affairs.  May not be available every year.
  • Charles V. Stanhope ’71 Study Abroad Fellowship Funds for Honors College students studying abroad. There is typically one $1000 award each year.
  • Tembusu Students have the opportunity to take a June/July course at Tembusu College as part of the Honors College’s exchange with the National University of Singapore. Students will have part of their tuition covered and a travel stipend and should expect the net cost of the trip to be around $2,000. The Honors College sends two students each year. Application opens in Spring semester of each year.

Thesis

Fall Semester: Important: Please prepare your essay ahead of time. 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.

Fall Fellowship Application (includes all listed below except Jones and Slavin)

  • Rendle A. Jones ’65 and Patricia K. Jones ’65 Thesis Fellowship Support for thesis students who express an interest in legal service in the public arena.  A preference will be offered for 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
  • INBRE/Honors College Comparative Functional Genomics Thesis Fellowships Thesis Fellowships are available to Honors College students in their senior year who will work on Honors theses in biomedical research in comparative functional genomics with INBRE research scientists either at the University of Maine or elsewhere.  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. INBRE Application
  • 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.
  • Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) also supports undergraduate research. Fall deadline is similar to Honors deadlines.

Spring Semester

  • 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.

National Scholarships

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

More National Scholarship information


Other Honors Opportunities

  • Rezendes Ethics Essay Competition All current undergraduate students 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.

Celebration Awards

These awards recipients are selected by an Honors committee from the Honors Student Body at-large.

  • 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.