Education for All

Education is a continuum that begins in early childhood and lasts a lifetime. The Maine Community Foundation is committed to increasing access to educational opportunities for Maine people of all ages. In addition to managing more than 525 scholarships, MaineCF supports a number of special initiatives and programs, including Educate Maine and the Maine Development Foundation’s Adult Degree Attainment Partnership.

Learn more in the Maine Ties education issue.


The Maine Community Foundation established its first scholarship fund in 1984. Now, through the generosity of individuals, community organizations, and businesses that believe in the importance of education, the community foundation awards more than $2 million each year from more than 525 scholarship funds.

Support for Adult Learners

Although most Maine Community Foundation scholarships are for graduating high school students, a number were created specifically for adult learners -- sometimes called non-traditional students -- or accept applications from adult learners.

Maine Policy Scholars

The Maine Policy Scholars Program was conceived by the late Peter Cox to engage students from the University of Maine System in the public policy process. During the course of the academic year, one student from each of the state's seven campuses works with a faculty advisor and community mentor to tackle a real-life policy issue that Maine faces.