Finish Your Degree at UMaine Hutchinson Center

By Patricia Libby | Jul 01, 2015
Photo by: University of Maine

Belfast — An degree completion information session will be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center on Thursday, July 9, from 4:30-6:30 pm. Community members who started but did not finished their college educations are invited to learn about the first steps to completing degrees. Light refreshments will be served.


“Time and money shouldn’t be the reasons why Maine adults have not completed their degree,” said Hutchinson Center Director Patricia Libby.


Need-based scholarships for Hutchinson Center adult learners are available. The center provides one-on-one academic advising and student support services on-site in Belfast.


For adults who need coursework that fits their schedules, the University of Maine offers flexible options — from multiple tracks to a fully online Bachelor of University Studies Program tailored to the working adult.


In addition, Maine adults who want to return to college and complete their degrees may qualify for as much as $4,000 per year in scholarships for up to four years through the University of Maine System Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund, as well as other financial aid and Hutchinson Center Scholarships.


“Maine has over 200,000 adults with some college, but no degree,” said University of Maine System Chancellor James Page. “That is a significant stranded cost, both in terms of monies invested and opportunities lost.  Thanks to the generous support of the Legislature we have resources that can help Maine’s adult learners return to our classrooms and continue along the path to opportunity and advancement.”


The Hutchinson Center, an outreach center of the University of Maine, is committed to supporting mid-coast adults in their degree completion. Adult Degree Completion Scholarships are dedicated to Maine adults who started their university educations years ago, but were unable to complete degrees due to family and work obligations, limited financial resources, or health or transportation issues.


Each year, there are three opportunities to apply for scholarships: May 8, Aug. 1 and Dec. 1. Applications are online ( and available at the Hutchinson Center.


For additional information on degree completion at the Hutchinson Center, contact academic advisor Ellie Dodge,; 338-8000.

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's premier public university and is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from across the U.S. and more than 65 countries. It currently enrolls 11,286 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers doctoral degrees in 35 fields, representing the humanities, sciences, engineering and education; master's degrees in nearly 70 disciplines; 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship on its campus, with substantial efforts aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit

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