Guidelines for Administration
The purpose of this fund is to benefit graduating seniors in Maine.
Administration and Eligibility Criteria
The Worthington Scholarship will be administered by the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) in partnership with area high schools. The fund contact will be the Superintendent of School or the Business Office. The new recipient application and selection process will be handled by high school scholarship committees, under the oversight of the guidance offices and MaineCF. The renewal selection process will be handled by MaineCF.
The contacts at MaineCF will be the Scholarship Manager and the Director of Educational Initiatives. MaineCF will hold the assets and send the high schools a recommendation form each year with a budget for new awards. High schools will make selections and return the form by June. Copies of recipient applications, to include the Student Aid Report and Financial Aid Award Letter, will be provided to the Worthington Scholarship Foundation (WSF). MaineCF will then send a Terms of Award letter to each recipient (new and renewal) that must be signed and returned before payment of an award can be scheduled.
New scholarship awards will be made each year based on merit using the following criteria:
- Eligible students will:
- Have a cumulative average of “C” or higher (as defined locally) and plan to attend any campus of the Maine Community College System.
- Have completed the FAFSA and have a Federal Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less.
2. Students must be enrolled in a full-time course of study.
This award is renewable for the duration of an accredited one- two- or three-year program in a Community College using the following criteria and process:
- To be eligible for renewal, students must be enrolled in a full-time course of study.
- To be eligible for renewal, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater in their degree program. If a student’s cumulative GPA is below a 2.0, they should still apply for renewal and communicate with their WSF advisor.
- Students who were approved for a scholarship and who have successfully completed at least two, and up to three years of full-time enrollment in their degree program may apply for renewal for two additional years of Bachelor degree support ($4,000 per year) at any one of the approved schools listed as follows: University of Maine College System, Maine Maritime Academy, Colby College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Husson University, or Thomas College.
Renewal applicants must apply online, providing a letter outlining their previous year of study and their current academic program, and a current transcript through the application portal maintained by MaineCF by the deadline each year. MaineCF will authorize continuation of the award based on the applicant meeting the criteria of the scholarship.
- For the purposes of student tracking and advising, recipient information will be shared with the Worthington Scholarship Foundation and donors.
- Scholarship awards will be $2,000.00 per semester, up to $4,000.00 per year, and will continue through the duration of an accredited one-, two-, or three-year degree program. Where the original language for 2019/2020 CC grant provides for more support than $4,000.00 per year, that additional support will be honored.
- For those students approved to continue on to a four-year degree, scholarship awards will be up to $4,000 per year for an additional two years.
- The default payment schedule will split the award equally between the fall and spring semesters. Recipients must notify the Maine Community Foundation if they would like their payment schedule altered.
- MaineCF will pay awards directly to a recipient’s college or university.
- Deferments may be approved for a semester for reasons or medical, financial, or family difficulties. However, awards will only be renewed for a maximum of two semesters over a two-year time period for a one-year degree, four semesters over a three-year time period for a two-year degree, or six semesters over a four-year time period for a three-year degree.
- The Worthington Scholarship will require the students to communicate periodically with an advisor from the Worthington Scholarship Foundation throughout the course of their college career. This advisor is intended to assist students with their transition to college and provide a variety of assistance as needed throughout the renewal period. By accepting your scholarship award, you permit the Maine Community Foundation to share information from your application with the Worthington Scholarship Foundation, including your contact information.
- Should a student’s Pell eligibility change, they should contact the Worthington Scholarship Foundation
July 30, 2019 update
NOTE: This document supercedes any former information on Community College Scholarships. The provisions in the previous guidelines did not meet the Foundations goals of ease of administration and predictability for scholarship recipients.