Maine Community Foundation launches Adult Learner Scholarship Fund

Apr 14, 2019

The Maine Community Foundation has launched the Adult Learner Scholarship Fund to support non-traditional students who want to change their lives for the better through education and training.

“Pursuing higher education as an adult — whether for the first time or not — can be stressful and full of challenges,” says MaineCF Director of Educational Initiatives Cherie Galyean. “The Adult Learner Scholarship is intended to help relieve some of the financial burden students take on so they can focus on what is important: school.”

MaineCF offers two types of adult learner scholarships. A degree-seeking scholarship supports two- and four-year degree programs and certificate courses that fit into the regular calendar year. The application deadlines for these scholarships are June 15 and Dec. 15.

The second scholarship supports credential/certificate programs that last less than a full semester. These short-term scholarships will have a rolling deadline of the first of each month.

Eligible applicants must be over the age of 25; work full-time; have dependents other than a spouse; and be financially independent. Applicants also must not have received a standard high school diploma and delayed enrollment in college after high school for a reason other than a gap year activity.

Complete guidelines and application forms are available at or

The Maine Community Foundation has worked with donors and educators since 1983 to provide and expand Maine students’ access to educational opportunities. The community foundation manages more than 550 scholarship funds.


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