Maine Rural Rehabilitation Scholarship

April 15

The Maine Rural Rehabilitation Fund holds funds remaining from a federal grant made to the State of Maine. Interest income from this fund is available to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to use in keeping with the original intent of the grant. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has determined these funds may be used to provide educational grants to Maine students seeking an agricultural education.

Maine Rural Rehabilitation Fund Scholarship 2014-2015


The Maine Rural Rehabilitation Fund holds funds remaining from a federal grant made to the State of Maine. Interest income from this fund is available to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to use in keeping with the original intent of the grant. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has determined these funds may be used to provide educational grants to Maine students seeking an agricultural education.


Requirements of Eligibility

  1. The applicant must reside in the State of Maine;
  2. The applicant must be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, by a University or College offering an agricultural degree;
  3. An applicant enrolled in a post-secondary educational program must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7, or greater, or have a minimum GPA of 3.0, or greater, for the most recent semester or quarter;
  4. An applicant must demonstrate that an unmet financial need exists that must be overcome to pursue a higher education; and
  5. The applicant must be enrolled in a full-time course load leading to a two-year, four-year or an advanced degree in agriculture.

*Eligible programs include:

Agricultural Business                             Sustainable Agriculture

Agricultural Engineering                          Animal Science

Plant Science                                        Soil Science

*Students in a non-agricultural course of study need to persuasively indicate on the Autobiography page how the selected course of study relates to a career in agriculture.

 

Instructions

  1. Complete all of the applicable forms in the application package. All forms must be typed.
  2. If the applicant is a high school student attending a university or college for the first time, or if the applicant is a university/college student attending a new school, a letter or affidavit confirming acceptance must be attached to the application.
  3. Personal & Family Information (Page 3 of the application packet). If you are, or have been living independently, please complete Section I & Section II. All applicants must complete Section II.
  4. The Autobiography (Page 4 of the application packet) is the applicant’s opportunity to let the Selection Committee know why you seek an agricultural education and how your educational goals relate to your career plans. It is also the applicant’s best opportunity to provide the Committee with insights about your beliefs, interests, special aptitudes, hobbies, experiences, accomplishments, family history and impediments to achieving future plans. The Autobiography provides an opportunity to elaborate on, or explain any information elsewhere on the application, for example, if the applicant has selected a non-agricultural course of study, this section offers the opportunity to explain how your course of study relates to an agricultural career. Additional sheets may be used.
  5. Student Financial Aid Information (Page 4 of the application packet) Complete and sign Items 1 through 4, then forward the form to your Financial Aid Office. This form provides permission for the Financial Aid Office to release specific information to the Scholarship Committee.
  6. If the applicant is applying as a high school senior, a copy of the high school transcript (academic record) including class rank and grades from final term should be attached to the application. If the applicant is applying as a college or university student, a college transcript or academic record including grades from the most recent semester should be attached to the application.

The application must be returned to: Maine Rural Rehabilitation Fund Scholarship – Attention: Melissa Hall, 28 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0028, no later than the close of business (5:00pm) on April 15, 2014. Applications sent by mail will be accepted if postmarked on or before April 15, 2013. For more information contact Melissa Hall at (207) 287-7628 or e-mail: melissa.a.hall@maine.gov

 

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