2019 Guidelines for Administration

Purpose

 

The fund benefits graduates of Oceanside High School, Medomak Valley High School, Camden Hills High School, Searsport District High School, Belfast Area High School and Mt. View High School.

Administration and Eligibility Criteria

The Worthington Scholarship is administered by the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) in partnership with the guidance staff of the above high schools.   The new recipient application and selection process is handled by each high school’s Scholarship Committee, under the oversight of the guidance staff and MaineCF.  For specific dates and procedures please check with the guidance office at your high school.   The renewal application and selection process is handled by MaineCF.

MaineCF sends 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.

Awards are based on need and merit using the following criteria:

Eligible students will:

FOR A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE:

  1. Have a cumulative average of “B” or higher (85 and above) and plan to attend any campus of the University of Maine system, Maine Maritime Academy, Husson University, Thomas, Bates, Colby, or Bowdoin Colleges.
  2. Complete the FAFSA and have a federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less.

FOR A COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAM (1-3 YEARS)

  1. Have a cumulative average of “C” or higher (76 and above) and plan to attend any campus of the Maine Community College System or University.
  2. Complete the FAFSA and have a federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less.
  3. The award for scholars attending community college varies to cover any costs of tuition and fees that are not covered by another scholarship, grant, or loan.

PLEASE NOTE FOR BOTH COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAMS:    All students must be enrolled in a full-time course of study and maintain communication with Foundation staff via various methods including an online student portal, “Gradsnapp” which in first year will require two surveys, and in subsequent years, one,  to be completed by the scholar.

Renewals

  1. This award is RENEWABLE for the duration of an accredited degree program:
  2. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and continue in a program full time.   If a student’s cumulative GPA is below a 2.0, they should still apply for renewal and communicate with their WSF mentor.
  3. Students who received a scholarship at a community college (the “C” average criteria) and have successfully completed two years of full-time enrollment may apply for renewal for two additional years of Bachelor degree support at any one of our participating 4-year colleges.
  4. Application season begins January 2, 2019.   Renewal is done online, via the Maine Community Foundation (MCF).    MCF will contact each scholar with explicit directions for renewal which includes:
    a. a letter outlining your previous year of study and current academic program
    b. a current transcript
    c. Updated FAFSA uploaded through MCF’s application portal by April 1st .  MaineCF will authorize continuation of the award based on each student meeting the criteria of the scholarship.  FMI:  Contact Liz Fickett, MCF Scholarship Funds Manager at lfickett@mainecf.org.
  5. MaineCF will share this information with the Worthington Foundation 

Award Administration

  1. The default payment schedule will be 50% in the fall semester and 50% in the spring semester. Recipients must notify the Maine Community Foundation if they would like their payment schedule altered.
  2. MaineCF will pay awards directly to a recipient’s college or university.
  3. Deferments may be approved for a semester for medical, financial, or family difficulties. However, awards will only be renewed for a maximum of eight semesters over a six-year period.
  4. The WSF requires students to communicate periodically with a mentor.  This mentor is intended to assist students with their transition to college and provide a variety of assistance as needed throughout the course of their college career. 

For detailed guidelines on college program administration, click here.

For detailed guidelines on community college administration, click here.

 

Worthington Scholarship Foundation

(207) 596-5800

30 School Street, Suite 202
Rockland, ME 04841

P.O. Box 1694
Rockland, ME 04841