To apply, a student must complete the online application form and submit it along with:
- An essay, video, OR a creative presentation about “What Public Service Means to Me.”
- A letter of reference from a person not related to the applicant.
Creativity with presentations is strongly encouraged and can be in any form the candidate chooses, such as a video, PowerPoint presentation, or a story map.
- Essay Details: Essays must be no more than 2,000 words, double-spaced in 12-point font, and printed on plain paper if submitted by postal service. Electronic submissions will be accepted without the paper requirement.
- Video or Creative Presentations Details: Videos must be no longer than eight minutes, adhere to the theme of “What Public Service Means to Me,” and submitted electronically, or on a thumb drive, with a workable link or attachment for viewing.
MMA encourages the use of creative presentations as an alternative way for students to convey the theme of “What Public Service Means to Me.” Presentations shall adhere to the eight-minute cap in length and submitted physically or electronically, with a workable link or attachment for viewing. Applications that contain links that do not work will not be considered.
Please note thumb drives containing application materials will be accepted in person at the MMA office building during normal business hours which are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, at 60 Community Drive, Augusta. Thumb drives will not be returned.
Application materials and work submitted will be judged by a panel, selected at the discretion of MMA. The letter of reference can be from a teacher, coach, or community member, but must NOT be related to the applicant.
Winners will be selected and notified in May, followed by a press release and an article in the following issue of the Maine Town & City magazine. Award money will be deposited into the winning student’s account at their designated educational institution. Alternative methods of disbursement may be considered on a case-by-case basis, at the discretion of MMA.