Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship

$5,000Award Amount
10Number of Awards
4/1/2023Submission Deadline

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The Maine Educational Services (MES) Foundation offers the Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship. It is a financial-need and merit-based scholarship with the goal of assisting students who might not otherwise continue their post-secondary education without financial assistance.

Scholarships are awarded on a renewable basis for up to four years depending on the student’s grade level. The students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and earn a minimum of 12 credits per semester.

Applicants must provide an essay, grade transcripts, and recommendation letters. They must also demonstrate financial need. 10 students will receive $5,000 each to complete their undergraduate studies and earn their degrees every year.

Key Information of Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship

Study Details

Area of Study

Any

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

Any

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study

Undergraduate

Award Amount

$5,000

Number of Awards

10

Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship Timeline

January 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on January 1.

April 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on April 1.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: High School Graduate – College Freshman
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Maine
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript
  • Recommendation letters
  • Financial Information

How to ace the Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship

1

Have a strong academic record

Academic excellence demonstrated by the content of the applicant's transcript, GPA and SAT is crucial for this program since it is also a merit-based one. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or above for better chances of winning.

2

Show involvement in extracurricular activities

Demonstrate active involvement in your contributions to school, community, and/or work environment. Extracurriculars and community service are always a plus on any application. Therefore, they add a lot of experience and develop skills for any participant.

3

Demonstrate commitment to completing your degree program

In addition to requesting and submitting two recommendation letters from your supervisors or mentors, you must also show a strong desire to complete a degree program detailing this in your essay. Highlight why you chose this specific field of study and what impact would you have in the future.

4

Ensure to demonstrate financial need

Show a financial need for the scholarship by clearly and accurately filling out all details of your finances.

How the Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship is Judged

Applications will be judged based on academic excellence demonstrated by the content of the applicant's transcript, GPA and SAT. Contributions to school, community, and/or work environment, demonstrated financial need, essay content, as well as, a strong desire to complete a degree program will also be part of the awarding criteria.

Why We Love the Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship

1

Recommendations can be requested and submitted online

The school and/or community recommendation can be requested and submitted online. There may be no need for physical contact with recommenders.

2

The scholarship is renewable

The scholarship can be renewed provided the recipient earns a minimum of 12 credits per semester and maintains a GPA of 2.5.

3

Ten awards available annually

A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded to eligible students which allows more chances of winning. This will assist recipients with school-related expenses, ease their financial burden, and help them focus on their studies.

5 Facts About Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship

01.

A memorial scholarship to honor Dick Pierce

The Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Dick Pierce, the founder of MES, who passed away in 2011, and had a life-long commitment to promoting higher education.

02.

MES determined to make higher education accessible

The Main Educational Services Foundation is committed to continuing its efforts to expand access to higher education for all Maine students by providing valuable college scholarship opportunities.

03.

It’s a financial-need scholarship

Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and merit, with the goal of assisting students who might not otherwise continue their post-secondary education without the financial assistance

04.

The scholarship is renewable

Scholarships are awarded on a renewable basis for up to 4 years, depending on the grade level of the student.

05.

Foundation has been tremendous benefit to Maine

For over 25 years, MES has provided student loan administration services, scholarship management, and college planning outreach to students and families across Maine.

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