The Sam Abell Endowed Scholarship
Sam Abell, the well known and respected American photographer whose career spans portions of 6 decades, has been teaching at MMW+C, as well as other respected institutions, for many years. Recently, a private fund raising effort was made to establish an endowed scholarship in honor of Sam and his love of the craft. We are ecstatic to have been selected the recipient custodian for those funds, enabling one worthy student each year to attend any workshop here in Maine. The $1500 maximum tuition award will be made to a deserving student who demonstrates outstanding ability and some financial need. Merit shall be determined by the submission of a 20-image portfolio, along with a current tax return and the application form. No mailed in submissions will be accepted. Materials must be sent electronically to: [email protected] No deadline. Funds available until awarded. Portfolios/reels must be placed online for viewing. Those wishing to share in honoring Sam and furthering this endowment, please contact [email protected]
The Mattina Proctor Scholarship
Mattina R. Proctor was a philanthropist who considered Camden, Maine her home. Growing up during the Great Depression and World War II, she was moved to compassion by suffering and injustice. She spent her life focused on philanthropy and volunteerism, supporting causes in health, education and the arts. The Mattina Proctor Foundation has provided generous support to Maine Media Workshops + College and these funds enable us to provide an annual need based scholarship in her name to a deserving workshop student. Application is by evidence of financial need as demonstrated on the application form, accompanied by latest tax return and 3 letters of recommendation as well as portfolio/reel submission. There is no application deadline. Materials must be sent electronically to: [email protected] Portfolios/reels must be placed online for viewing.
Karen Van Allsburg Memorial Scholarship
Maine Media Women, an organization of Maine writers, photographers, editors, and other media-related professionals will award, in collaboration with Maine Media Workshops+College, a tuition scholarship of up to $1000 to a qualified woman, an emerging artist who would like to further her skills with a course in still photography (preferably documentary, landscape, or portraiture).
This need-based scholarship honors the memory of Karen Van Allsburg, a member of Maine Media Women and an alumna of Maine Photographic Workshops, our predecessor. A dynamic, creative woman who brightened every space she entered, Karen succumbed to breast cancer in December 1999 at the age of 51.
Application is by portfolio (15-20 images), evidence of financial need as demonstrated on the application form, accompanied by latest tax return and 3 letters of recommendation. Materials must be sent electronically to: [email protected] No deadline. Funds available until awarded. Portfolios/reels must be placed online for viewing.
The Arnold Newman Scholarship
Recognized as the “Father of Environmental Portraiture” and acknowledged as one of the great masters of photography in the 20th century, Arnold Newman shared his wealth of experience as a teacher at the Workshops for over 30 years. The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation has established an endowment at Maine Media College and Workshops to provide scholarships to students. Application is by evidence of financial need as demonstrated on the application form, accompanied by latest tax return and 3 letters of recommendation as well as portfolio/reel submission. Materials must be sent electronically to: [email protected] No deadline. Funds available until awarded.. Portfolios/reels must be placed online for viewing.
The General Workshops Scholarship Fund
Partial tuition scholarships are available to deserving applicants through donations by corporations and individual benefactors to Maine Media Workshops+College. Funds are intended to support the educational process of today’s most talented filmmakers, photographers, writers, and digital artists. Application is by portfolio, evidence of financial need as demonstrated on the application form, accompanied by latest tax return and 3 letters of recommendation. There is no application deadline. Materials must be sent electronically to: [email protected]
OUTSIDE FUNDING SOURCES
Military Veterans Benefits
Post 9/11 GI Bill®
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved Maine Media College’s Professional Certificate Program, the Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking, and the MFA degree program as educational programs eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. Currently workshops are ineligible. Veterans who performed active service duty after September 10, 2001, as well as current military members and eligible dependents, seeking training in the fields of filmmaking, photography, or multimedia, can visit www.gibill.va.gov/ for benefit information.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
All programs of study at Maine Media College are approved by the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Educational Programs for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Chapter 33, Title 38, United States Code, section 3676. The determination for Chapter 33 funds is made directly through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additional funding may, at times, be obtained through Maine Media College via funds donated specifically for Veterans or through other private scholarship funds. The determinations for these funds are made through the respective organizations.
Refund Policy for Recipients of Veterans Education Benefits
Maine Media College complies with the VA requirement for a pro rata refund of the unused portion of tuition, fees and charges if the veteran or eligible person fails to enter the course, withdraws, or is terminated before completion. (38 CFR 21.4254(C)(13); 21.4255). For more information contact the Director of Finance and Administration of Maine Media College. Maine Media College complies with the Pro Rata Refund Policy (38 CFR 21.4255) that is applicable to veterans and other persons who are eligible for Veterans Administration benefits.
Appeal Procedure for Recipients of Veterans Education Benefits
If a student is determined to not be making satisfactory academic progress, the student may appeal the determination within ten calendar days of notification of the failed period. Reasons for which students may appeal a negative progress determination include death of a relative, an injury or illness of the student, or any other allowable special or mitigating circumstance. The student must submit a written appeal to the school describing why they failed to meet satisfactory academic progress standards, along with supporting documentation of the reasons why the determination should be reversed. This information should include what has changed about the student’s situation that will allow them to achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress by the next evaluation point. Appeal documents will be reviewed and a decision will be made and reported to the student within 30 calendar days of receipt. The appeal and decision documents will be retained in the student file. If the student prevails upon appeal, the satisfactory academic progress determination will be reversed and federal financial aid will be reinstated, if applicable.