FIRST Robotics Scholarship


Since 2013, USM has hosted the annual Maine FIRST Robotics Teams Kickoff Event, and recognizes, appreciates, and by way of this scholarship, wishes to support FIRST values in education.

Description of Scholarship: $1,000 applied to first year tuition.


To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you must have participated on a FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) or a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) Team during high school, apply and be admitted to the University of Southern Maine as a full‐time student. You do not need to have already been admitted at the time you apply for this scholarship.

Award Amount



April 30

How to Apply

Application Process
To apply for the Scholarship, complete and send the application package including:
 - A completed Scholarship Application (clickable link on this page)
 - A letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on your FIRST team
 - Demonstrated financial need, as determined by the FAFSA
 - An essay describing your educational goals, and how you expect your FIRST Robotics
experience to contribute to the USM Community and beyond.

Mail/email to:
Bonnie Stearns, Office of the Dean
College of Science, Technology, and Health
University of Southern Maine
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, ME  04014-9300

How to Renew

Eligible students may reapply.


Disclaimer: Be sure to read the criteria for individual scholarships carefully. Most scholarships have enrollment and GPA requirements. Award amounts may vary each year and are subject to fund availability. As an NCAA Division III school, USM is prohibited from awarding scholarships based on athletic participation.

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