Maine Policy Scholars Program
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. The Maine Policy Scholars program is a collaboration between the Center and the Maine Community Foundation. The program was conceived by the late Peter Cox as a means of engaging students in the public policy process.
Scholarship funding: $1500 toward tuition, $1000 travel expense reimbursement
Applications: due in October, Program runs January – November
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.
2021 Scholars and Topics:
- Eve Fischer, University of Maine at Farmington
“Evaluating Policy Solutions for Establishing a Green Crab Market in Maine”
- Joseph Spiller, University of Maine at Augusta
“Improving Access to Physicians in Rural Maine Healthcare”
- LIndsay Kay, University of Maine at Presque Isle
“Evaluating Service Gaps in Substance Use Disorder: Services Needed by DHHS/CPS-Involved Families”
- Jordyn Ritchie, University of Maine at Fort Kent
“Prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ADEs) in Maine”
- Jillian Haggerty, University of Maine
“Improving College Access for Rural Maine Students”