Scholar Overboard Grants

One-time Scholar Overboard grants are available for currently enrolled Worthington Scholars to cover the cost of unforeseen needs that could otherwise derail college completion.


  1. The applicant must be a current Worthington scholar
  2. The grant application must document the financial need and explain why it could force the student to reduce their course load to less than full time or to drop out
  3. The completed application must be e-mailed, faxed, mailed, or hand delivered to the Worthington Foundation using the contact information on the application. Feel free to call or text to tell us it’s coming to make sure it’s considered ASAP.

Examples of Circumstances Applicable for Consideration

  1. Transportation emergency due to accident or break-down
  2. Failure or breakage of needed tool, such as glasses, hearing aid, or laptop
  3. Course-required costs not included in the estimated cost of attendance
  4. Health-related expense not covered by insurance
  5. Unanticipated rent increase or loss of housing due to mold, fire, or other emergency

Examples of Situations Not Applicable for Consideration

  1. Study abroad programs
  2. Extracurricular activities not integral to the course of study
  3. Costs included in calculating financial need, such as courses, room and board
  4. Situations in which the grant would only delay a problem, not resolve it (such as replacing a blown tire without resolving the alignment problem that causes tires to fail)

Approval Process

  1. Applications must include a description of the circumstances and a vendor’s estimate for the cost of solving the problem.
  2. A phone call may be necessary to clarify the need, discuss other possible funding sources, or to finalize the amount needed. Scholars are encouraged to seek support from their college or university prior to seeking a Worthington Scholar Overboard Grant.
  3. Grant requesters will be informed as soon as the decision is reached, generally within 48 hours of completed application.
  4. If the request is approved, staff will fill out a Terms of Award notice that will be sent to the scholar for signature. Once this is completed and returned, check(s) will be issued.


  1. Checks are cut and sent.
  2. Please note that Scholar Overboard grants are taxable income!


Applicant's Affidavit

I hereby affirm that the information I have supplied on this application is true and correct, and that I have attached all relevant bills, invoices, and receipts to substantiate the request.

Worthington Scholarship Foundation

(207) 596-5800

30 School Street, Suite 202
Rockland, ME 04841

P.O. Box 1694
Rockland, ME 04841