Recognizing diversity is an essential element of academic excellence, the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) is proud to offer Equity and Inclusion scholarships to students whose academic achievement and varied experiences will enhance and enrich the education of all UMA students and the educational mission of UMA.

About the Award

EI Scholars are provided up to four years of funding provided Scholars continuously enroll each fall and spring semester in either full or part-time study and maintain minimum GPA requirements for continuation funding.

  • Awards for graduate full-time students will consist of $3,000 ($1,500/semester).
  • Awards for graduate part-time students will consist of $1,500 ($750/semester).
  • Awards for undergraduate full-time students will consist of $4,000 ($2,000/semester).
  • Awards for undergraduate part-time students will consist of $2,000 ($1,000/semester).

This scholarship can be used to cover education related expenses including tuition and fees. Two graduate and five undergraduate EI scholarships will be available for awarding each year.

Scholarship Deadline

The scholarship deadline for the 2021-2022 EI Scholarship was March 19, 2021. The 2022-2023 EI Scholarship will open February 14, 2022.

Scholar Eligibility Criteria

  • Be admitted to UMA.
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and individuals who have been granted “Refugee” or “Asylee” status in the U.S.
  • Have a record of academic merit in high school or community college.
  • Complete the FAFSA each aid year of enrollment.
  • Required Essay. Upload responses to the UMA General Scholarship Application in either a Word or PDF document to one of the essay prompts below:
    • Diversity can be defined as the inclusion of individuals who exhibit differences in ethnicity, culture, orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, age, ability, experience and thought. How do you make UMA a more diverse community and/or how will you contribute to furthering the work of diversity and inclusion principles within the UMA community?
    • Many studies have found evidence that the characteristic of “grit” or persistence has a direct relationship with the ability to achieve long-term goals and success. Please explain or describe an obstacle or barrier you have overcome and, as a result of this experience, how your persistence/grit could help nurture diversity and inclusion at UMA.
    • Many individuals have significant prior experience in actively promoting efforts associated with equity, diversity and inclusion. Describe how your experience demonstrates your commitment and ability to engage in these areas, and /or identify how your commitment to these principles will be reflected in your educational experiences and beyond.

Continuation Requirements

Recipients must maintain continuous (fall/spring) enrollment, complete the FAFSA for each aid year, and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergraduate students and 3.0 for graduate students.

How to Apply:

Applicants will apply via the UMA general scholarship application that becomes available each February. Please note, students must upload their essay prompt responses at time of application submission via the online general application by the application deadline. The 2021-2022 scholarship application has closed. The 2022-2023 scholarship application will open February 14, 2022.

EI Scholar Selection

Scholar selections will be made by the UMA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council during the month of April utilizing the EI Scholarship Rubric. Scholars will be notified of their selection no later than May 15th.

EI Scholar Program

EI scholars are encouraged to contribute to the UMA community and are invited to participate in the UMA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council activities.