Maine Policy Scholars


Maine Policy Scholar presentation photo
Presenting the final policy memo

The Maine Policy Scholars program is a year-long research scholarship in which a student from each of the seven University of Maine System campuses, working closely with a faculty advisor, examines an issue of public policy relevance to Maine and delivers a final report and presentation.

Scholarship funding: $1500 toward tuition, $1000 travel expense reimbursement
Applications: due in October. Program runs January – November.
Past scholars and final memos

After conducting research—which can be from the literature, data analysis, or interviews (or all three)—the scholar produces a final policy memo which outlines the problem, the data, and recommended solutions. Topics can be of local or statewide significance, should be well-defined, subject to research, and of real concern to Maine or a segment of its people.

Faculty advisors meet regularly with the student throughout the year-long program. All scholars and academic advisors convene on at least three occasions. Scholars identify community practitioners who serve as mentors and as a “reality check” on the scholars’ work.

Maine Community Foundation LogoThe Maine Policy Scholars program is supported by the Maine Community Foundation. The program was conceived by the late Peter Cox as a means of engaging students in the public policy process.

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