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.

MECA Grant

A College sponsored grant program from which funding is provided based upon a student’s financial need, academic standing, and strength of portfolio.

Professional Development and Entrepreneurship Grant

The Artists at Work Professional Development and 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.

2018 BFA Full Tuition Scholarship

We’re looking for a student who will have a positive impact on the MECA community. It might be you! Apply today!

Each year MECA offers one renewable full tuition scholarship for a first year student to attend the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. To be considered for this scholarship competition each applicant must:

  • Complete a full BFA application submission for Fall 2018 by February 1, 2018.
  • Submit their portfolio through Slideroom.

The Full Tuition Scholarship recipient will be informed by March 1, 2018.


Full Tuition Scholarship Competition and Honors Placement details:

Eligibility: high school seniors applying for Fall 2018 admission
To apply for the Full Tuition Scholarship, you must complete a full BFA application for Fall 2018 by February 1, 2018 and submit your portfolio through Slideroom.

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 Foundations.

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.

Ready to apply for the Honors program and Full Tuition Scholarship? Please make sure your application to the BFA program is complete by calling 800.699.1509 or emailing admissions@meca.edu.

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.

Maine School 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 years or until they complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, provided they maintain good academic standing. This scholarship is open to any graduate of a Maine high school, regardless of when they graduated or if they are transferring from another institution.

National Scholastic Art Awards

Up to two half-tuition scholarships are awarded each year through the National Scholastic Art Awards. These scholarships are renewed annually for up to four years provided they maintain good academic standing.

Merit Competition Scholarships

The Merit Competition is held in the Spring for the following academic year and is open to current MECA students who will be juniors and seniors in the next year. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 to enter the competition. Information regarding the competition is mailed to all eligible students at the start of the Spring semester. There are three categories of awarding. Details about the awards are available in the College’s catalogue.

Select Scholars: Each year a small group of students are identified as Select Scholars based on academic and artistic criteria. Being identified in this way qualifies you for a scholarship between $10,000 and $16,000 per year. Select Scholar application requirements include the online application, https://www.selectscholars.com/Maine, high school transcript and portfolio. Your admissions counselor will be in touch to let you know if we need anything else to complete your application. If you have any additional questions, please contact the MECA Admissions Office at admissions@meca.edu or 800.699.1509.

Endowed/Restricted Scholarships

All Endowed/Restricted Scholarships derived from Maine College of Art funding are awarded on the basis of merit upon the recommendation of the faculty. These scholarships are reserved for students returning to Maine College of Art for a second year or more. First-time students at the College are not eligible to be considered for these funds. A complete list of these scholarships with descriptions of the eligibility requirements is available in the College’s catalogue.

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.