MECA Grants & Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are “gift aid” as they are financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based, while scholarships are usually merit-based.

Scholarships & Grants for Freshmen

Merit-Based Scholarships for First-Time Freshmen

Our merit-based scholarships are available to all incoming freshmen upon acceptance to Maine College of Art. These scholarships, which range from $10,000–$16,500, are awarded based upon previous high school achievement and strength of portfolio, and are renewable for four years of study at MECA with good academic standing.

Maine Merit Scholarship

Graduates of any Maine high school who qualify for admission to MECA will receive a guaranteed minimum scholarship of $12,000 each year for four, provided they maintain good academic standing.

2019 BFA Full Tuition Scholarship

We’re looking for a student who will have a positive impact on the MECA community — it might be you!

Each year MECA offers one renewable full tuition scholarship for a first-time freshman coming directly from high school to attend the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. To be considered for this scholarship competition each applicant must:

  • Be a high school senior applying for Fall 2019 admission
  • Complete a full BFA application for Fall 2019 by February 1, 2019
  • Submit a portfolio through Slideroom

The Full Tuition Scholarship recipient will be informed by mid-March 2019.

Full Tuition Scholarship Competition & Honors Placement details:

Each year, the Dean of Maine College of Art reviews applications to identify the top tier of first-year students intending to enroll at MECA. From this group of applicants, 15 students are offered placement in MECA’s Honors FY-In course, taught by the Chair of Foundation.

This advanced course is modeled after MECA’s Second Year Lab courses in that these students will take skills they have demonstrated through their application portfolio and apply them to a new idea that they will follow from inception to completion. For many students this is the first opportunity they have to spend an entire semester focused on one idea, and this can lead to new levels of consideration and completion in their work. In addition to placement in the Honors FY-In course, these students will be given the opportunity to participate in advanced critique sessions with members of our faculty throughout the year.

Along with consideration for placement in the Honors program, this application also qualifies high school students to be considered for the Full Tuition Scholarship that MECA awards to one applicant each year. Eligible applicants must be enrolled in high school at the time of their completed application and enroll in the college as a first-time, first-year student in the fall term. To qualify, students must complete the application process for undergraduate admissions by February 1 and submit their portfolio for review in Slideroom. There is no additional application form.

Winners of the Full Tuition Scholarship demonstrate academic rigor in their high school academic career, exhibit technical skill and personal voice in their application portfolio, and a strong commitment to community. The selection of our Full Tuition Scholar is made by a committee comprised of the Dean of the College, the Associate Dean of the College, the Director of Admissions, and the Executive Vice President of the College.

Private Grants & Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests that students research and apply for any private funding sources for which they may be eligible. There are a number of organizations which will provide scholarship search services free or for a nominal fee. Check with your state department of education, your high school guidance office, or the public library in your area. You may also find scholarship information online, for example FinAid.org. We recommend using extreme caution when using search services that require a fee or when releasing personal information via the Internet.

 

Scholarships & Grants for Transfer Students

Merit-Based Scholarships for Transfer Students

Our merit-based scholarships are available to all incoming freshmen upon acceptance to Maine College of Art. These scholarships, which range from $8,000–$14,500, are awarded based upon previous high school achievement and strength of portfolio, and are renewable for four years of study at MECA with good academic standing.

Maine Merit Scholarship

Graduates of any Maine high school who qualify for admission to MECA will receive a guaranteed minimum scholarship of $12,000 each year for four, provided they maintain good academic standing. Transfer students who graduated from a Maine high school are also eligible to receive this grant, and no separate application is necessary.

Private Grants & Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests that students research and apply for any private funding sources for which they may be eligible. There are a number of organizations which will provide scholarship search services free or for a nominal fee. Check with your state department of education, your high school guidance office, or the public library in your area. You may also find scholarship information online, for example FinAid.org. We recommend using extreme caution when using search services that require a fee or when releasing personal information via the Internet.

 

Scholarships & Grants for Enrolled BFA Students

Merit Exhibition & Scholarship Competition

MECA’s annual Merit Exhibition & Scholarship Competition is held every Spring. The exhibition is open to current MECA students who are in their sophomore and junior years, and students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. Scholarships awarded are applied to the following year, either the student’s junior or senior year, respectively.

Students can win awards in the following categories: Best in Show; 2nd Place, 3rd Place, 4th Place, and Honorable Mentions; Outstanding 2D Work; Outstanding 3D Work; and Jury Select.

Information regarding the competition is mailed to all eligible students at the start of the Spring semester.

BFA Exhibition & Scholarship Competition

MECA’s annual BFA Exhibition & Scholarship Competition is held every Fall. The exhibition is open to all current MECA students. Scholarships awarded are applied to the following semester.

Students can win awards in the following categories: Best in Show; 2nd Place Overall, 3rd Place Overall, and Honorable Mentions; Best Work by a Freshman, Best Work by a Sophomore, Best Work by a Junior, and Best Work by a Senior; and the MECA Award for work that is innovative and diverse.

Information regarding the competition is mailed to all eligible students at the start of the Fall semester.

Endowed/Restricted Scholarships

Endowed and restricted scholarships are available to students returning to Maine College of Art for their second, third, or fourth years. These are merit-based scholarships for students that are awarded through recommendations of faculty, and are available across disciplines and majors.

Professional Development & Entrepreneurship Grant

The Artists at Work Professional Development & Entrepreneurship Grant grant helps BFA, MFA, and MAT students advance their studio and professional skills by accessing opportunities and experiences beyond the MECA classroom. Potential uses include but are not limited to: conferences, travel, exhibition costs, professional association fees, self-promotion, technology, documentation, workshops and costs associated with entrepreneurial efforts. Funds cannot be used on equipment or for academic credit towards the completion of your undergraduate degree. Requests are capped at $500.

Private Grants & Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests that students research and apply for any private funding sources for which they may be eligible. There are a number of organizations which will provide scholarship search services free or for a nominal fee. Check with your state department of education, your high school guidance office, or the public library in your area. You may also find scholarship information online, for example FinAid.org. We recommend using extreme caution when using search services that require a fee or when releasing personal information via the Internet.

 

Scholarships & Grants for Salt Students

The Salt Fellowship

The Salt Fellowship
As part of Salt at MECA’s commitment to training the next generation of storytellers, we are pleased to offer the Salt Fellowship. The Fellowship will focus on supporting students from underrepresented communities who have been accepted into the fifteen-week Salt Graduate Certificate Program in Documentary Studies at MECA. Each term the Fellowship Committee will award one full-tuition scholarship or two partial scholarships; funds will be allocated at the discretion of the committee.

Fellowships will be available starting in the Spring of 2019; applications are now open.

Interested applicants are required to complete both the standard Salt application and the Salt Fellowship application, which consists of a separate 500-word essay.

Please complete your Fellowship application after you have completed the standard application. Your Fellowship application cannot be reviewed until your Salt application has been processed.

Essay Prompt*
In 500 words or less, please describe your motivations for attending Salt and how your personal experiences make you a good candidate for the Salt Fellowship, which focuses on supporting students of underrepresented backgrounds.

*Please answer this question in this application form.

Private Grants & Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests that students research and apply for any private funding sources for which they may be eligible. There are a number of organizations which will provide scholarship search services free or for a nominal fee. Check with your state department of education, your high school guidance office, or the public library in your area. You may also find scholarship information using the Internet; such as FinAid.org. We recommend using extreme caution when using search services that require a fee or when releasing personal information via the Internet.

 

Scholarships & Grants for MFA and MAT Students

Professional Development & Entrepreneurship Grant

The Artists at Work Professional Development & Entrepreneurship Grant grant helps BFA, MFA, and MAT students advance their studio and professional skills by accessing opportunities and experiences beyond the MECA classroom. Potential uses include but are not limited to: conferences, travel, exhibition costs, professional association fees, self-promotion, technology, documentation, workshops and costs associated with entrepreneurial efforts. Funds cannot be used on equipment or for academic credit towards the completion of your undergraduate degree. Requests are capped at $500.

Private Grants & Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests that students research and apply for any private funding sources for which they may be eligible. There are a number of organizations which will provide scholarship search services free or for a nominal fee. Check with your state department of education, your high school guidance office, or the public library in your area. You may also find scholarship information using the Internet; such as FinAid.org. We recommend using extreme caution when using search services that require a fee or when releasing personal information via the Internet.

 

Benefits for Veterans

Veterans Benefits

The Veterans Administration (VA), Reserves, and Armed Forces offer a variety of educational benefits primarily in grant form. Proper affiliation with the respective organization is required. Maine College of Art is a participating institution for military personnel, veterans, and their eligible dependents.

To learn more about different programs for veteran education benefits please review the following resources:

More information is available here.

Private Grants & Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office strongly suggests that students research and apply for any private funding sources for which they may be eligible. There are a number of organizations which will provide scholarship search services free or for a nominal fee. Check with your state department of education, your high school guidance office, or the public library in your area. You may also find scholarship information using the Internet; such as FinAid.org. We recommend using extreme caution when using search services that require a fee or when releasing personal information via the Internet.