Maine Service Employees Association

Eligibility: High school seniors attending college for the first time as a freshman who are dependents of dues-paying members of the Maine Service Employees Association or who are members themselves attending college full or part time. Criteria for awarding scholarships is based on financial need, scholastic ability, leadership, service to others, and character.
Scholarship Amount: 3 - $500 to MSEA members; 4 - $1000 to $1,500 to dependents of dues-paying members, 3 - $750 to Maine Community College students.
Application Process:

FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT: Four (4) scholarships will be awarded as follows: The Richard McDonough Scholarship in the amount of $1,500, the Dr. Howard L. Bowen Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, the Murray L. Brown Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, and the George A. Davala Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Additionally, one Maine Community College Scholarship (MCCS) in the amount of $750 will be awarded in each of the three (3) MSEA areas to a student attending a Maine Community College provided there is an applicant. If there is no applicant from an area, that scholarship may be awarded to a qualified applicant from another area. The MCCS applicants will first be considered along with the other applicants for the four (4) scholarships mentioned above. If not selected to receive one of these scholarships, they will then be considered for the MCCS Scholarship.


PART-TIME ENROLLMENT: Three (3) $500 scholarships for MSEA/SEIU members enrolled in part-time (or full-time) educational programs. (One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a member in each of the three MSEA areas.) Applications for the three area part-time annual scholarships will be considered only from MSEA members who are furthering their education either on a part-time basis while employed OR on a full-time basis after obtaining an educational leave of absence. Also, members working to maintain certification and/or licensing in their field.


Applications are available from: Maine Service Employees Association – SEIU, Local 1989 website, 65 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04330, Tel: (207) 622-3151, Fax: (207) 623-4916, Email:

Deadline Description: Application deadline is mid-April each year (date varies). Must be at MSEA-SEIU Local 1989 by the deadline date.
Eligibility Codes:
High School
Nonspecific to course of study
How is this Awarded? A Committee of MSEA members is appointed each year to screen applications and make awards based on financial need, scholastic ability, leadership, service to others and character.