Overview: The Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. Foundation established a scholarship program in 1990 to recognize Maine students. Each scholarship is in the amount of at least $1,000, and is awarded to full-time students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate courses at a four-year degree granting, non-profit institution of higher learning in the State of Maine. The school must be considered fully accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 

Click here to download the current application (PDF)

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

A. Have been born in or have been a legal resident of the State of Maine for at least four years; or have at least one parent who was born in or has been a legal resident of the State of Maine for at least four years. 

B. Not have reached his/her 25th birthday by June 30 of the application year.

C. Have completed at least one full academic year and be currently enrolled in a minimum of twelve semester hours -- or the equivalent in quarters/hours/courses -- as a baccalaureate degree candidate, according to the standards of the college/university.  The school must be a four-year degree granting, non-profit institution of higher learning in the State of Maine. No first-year college students are eligible for this scholarship.

D. Submit a “student’s copy” transcript (furnished by the registrar) of all college/university grades in the semesters preceding the application date and showing a grade point average of not less than 3.2, or the equivalent thereof.

E. Submit a typed, double-spaced composition of up to 750 words in response to ONE of the three questions on the current year’s application form.

F. Submit the application and required documents via e-mail to mssfscholarship@gmail.com or to the address on the application with a postmark (via USPS/FexEd/UPS or other carrier) dated no later than March 15 of the application year.

G. Optional: Applicants may submit a sample of work (e.g., prose, poetry, articles, art) and/or resume, to give reviewers a deeper understanding of the applicant.

The Process: The Scholarship Committee shall be appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and shall recommend the best candidate(s) based on merit. The number of scholarships awarded shall depend on the quality of the applications submitted and the total funds available. The name(s) of each awardee recommended by the Scholarship Committee will be submitted to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for approval.

The Foundation will notify each awardee in writing of his/her selection and the scholarship funds will be sent to that student for use in tuition payments or related school expenses or fees.   

If, after an award is made, a student is put on academic probation or fails to attend the institution during the subsequent semester, the student should attempt in good faith to return the scholarship funds to the Foundation.

Students are allowed to re-apply for the scholarship in subsequent years, but individuals are only eligible to receive one scholarship from this program.

Questions about the scholarship program can be directed to mssfscholarship@gmail.com. 

Annual Awards:

The $1,500 Marge Pearson award will go to an outstanding female applicant with strong academic performance who also demonstrates superior volunteer leadership and hard work, as well as a passion for the State of Maine. 

Scholarship Winners:

2013 Recipients:
Name:  Sarah Lyons, 2013 Marjorie Pearson Scholarship recipient ($1,500)
School/Major: University or Maine-Orono; Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Hometown: Auburn

Name: Christopher Gilman
School/Major: Maine Maritime Academy; Marine Systems Engineering
Hometown: Bangor

Name: Gwendolyn Beacham,  inaugural Honorable John Reed award recipient 
School/Major: University of Maine, Orono; Molecular and Cellular Biology
Hometown: Farmington

Name: Alyssa Carrow
School/Major: University of Maine, Augusta; Social Science
Hometown: Waterville

Name: Siana Schoppee
School/Major: Husson University; MS  Occupational Therapy and BS Psychology (5-year program)
Hometown: Machias

Click here for a list of winners since 1991.

Meet the Board
Joan M. Reistetter, President
D. Jeffery Hollingsworth, Vice President
Philip Helgerson, Treasurer
W. Stephen Hart, Secretary
Hugh L. Dwelley
Sarah Erdman
Ann Hanson
Joan Hunter
Scott Madore
Marlene Minshall
Craig Simoneau, Jr.
Jessica Strelitz
Greg Zehner, Ex-Officio

Contact The Foundation:
4718 Columbia Road
Annandale, VA 22003-6110
joanmreistetter@aol.com