Frequently Asked Questions

Which colleges are eligible for the Worthington Scholarship?

For the 4-year scholarship, students may attend any college in the University of Maine System, Husson University, Thomas College, Maine Maritime Academy, Bowdoin, Bates or Colby College, and any of the Maine community colleges, or University College at Rockland. Students receiving the 2-year scholarship may attend any Maine community college or University College at Rockland.

Can I be a part-time student and still be eligible for the Worthington Scholarship?
Unfortunately, no, students are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester in order to receive the scholarship.
Can I receive the scholarship if I do not attend Oceanside, Camden Hills Regional, Medomak Valley, Belfast Area, Mount View, or Searsport District High School?
Not at this time, though there are plans to expand the scholarship in future years. Please check back!
Can I receive the scholarship without applying for federal student aid (FAFSA)?
No, filing the FAFSA is a requirement in order to receive the scholarship. The Foundation wants to make sure that you have maximized your financial aid and have access to federal loans if you need them.
Can I receive the Worthington Scholarship if my Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is greater than $15,000?
Unfortunately, no. All students who receive the Worthington Scholarship must have an EFC of $15,000 or below.
Can I transfer to a 4-year university after earning a 2-year degree?
Yes! Students on the 2-year track may apply to Maine Community Foundation for further funding to earn a 4-year degree after successful completion of an Associate’s Degree. Students on the 4-year track will simply renew their scholarship and specify their new school on the renewal application. The 4-year school must be one of the Worthington-eligible colleges or universities.
I enrolled at a non-eligible school coming out of high school, but now I am transferring back to an eligible school due to finances. Can I apply for the scholarship?
Unfortunately, no. The only time that students may apply for the Worthington Scholarship is during their senior year of high school.
I missed the deadline at my home high school, is there any way I can still receive the Worthington Scholarship?

Students who miss the deadline will not be able to receive the Worthington Scholarship, however, the Worthington Scholarship Foundation offers a separate scholarship at University College Rockland that you may be eligible for. Please see more details here.

If all of the scholarships aren’t used at one of the eligible high schools, will these unused scholarships be transferred to one of the other eligible high schools?
Unfortunately, no. The number of scholarships for each school is set annually and must remain the same throughout the year due to IRS regulations.
If I am a Worthington Scholar and I take a semester off, will I remain eligible to receive the scholarship upon returning for the following semester?
Once named a Worthington Scholar, students may request a one-semester deferment from Maine Community Foundation for reasons relating to financial, medical or family difficulties. This request must come in writing from the student before taking the semester off, and students are expected to use the scholarship over the summer in order to make up credits.
If I receive the Worthington Scholarship at an eligible school and enroll in a 3-year degree program, can I receive the scholarship for 3 years (as opposed to the 2 or 4-year tracks)?
Yes, if you are eligible for a 4-year scholarship (85 GPA or higher). Students may use their 4-year scholarship at any of the eligible colleges, including community colleges.
If I take a GAP year, am I eligible to receive the scholarship?
Unfortunately, no, scholarship recipients must enter college in the fall semester after graduating from high school.
Is financial literacy still a requirement to receive the Worthington Scholarship?
No. Starting the 2018-19 school year, financial literacy will no longer be a requirement to receive the Worthington Scholarship. If you are interested in learning this material anyway, please contact WSF staff!
What if I don’t have my Financial Aid Award letter by the application deadline?
We recognize that some students do not yet have their financial aid award letter by the application deadline. Students who are in this situation may hand in their application by the deadline and submit their financial aid award letter separately up until May 1st.
What is an expected family contribution (EFC)?

The expected family contribution is a monetary amount that is determined when a family files the Financial Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA. This is the amount that the government believes your family can pay towards college per year. This number is used to determine how much financial aid you will receive from your college.   Our guidelines state you must have a EFC of $15,000 or less to be eligible to receive a Worthington Scholarship.

Who do I call if I am having trouble with my scholarship payment?
Scholarship payments are handled by the Maine Community Foundation and MaineCF staff is happy to assist. Contact Liz Fickett at 412-2015 or efickett@mainecf.org.
Worthington Scholarship Foundation

(207) 596-5800

30 School Street, Suite 202
Rockland, ME 04841

P.O. Box 1694
Rockland, ME 04841