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Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center

Posted 2011-03-07.

Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs
Scholarship was established in 1991 in the University of Maine
Foundation with gifts from Harold Alfond to the Margaret Chase Smith
Foundation in Skowhegan, Maine. The scholarship was established on the
occasion of the 50th anniversary of Senator Smiths election to the
U.S. House of Representatives and in recognition of her many years of
dedicated public service to the citizens of Maine and to the nation
from 1940 to 1973.  Senator Smiths abiding belief was that real
progress will be attained only through the education of Maines young

OBLIGATIONS: The successful applicant must agree to be involved in a
meaningful public affairs project during each scholarship year, which
may include some research at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: To be eligible, students must meet the
following criteria: 

    Be a resident of Maine;

    Be an undergraduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or better;

    Be registered at the University of Maine for 12 credits or
    more; and

    Have completed 40 credit hours prior to the semester in which
    the student is applying.

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS: The amount of the scholarship will be
$3,500 per year. All applicants will be notified of the committees
decision by mid April. Selection is limited to students who show
promise for future leadership in and contribution to public
affairs. Applications will be evaluated according to:

    The relevance and significance of the proposed research topic to
    U.S./Maine public policy;

    The quality of written work expressed through the application

SCHOLARSHIP RENEWAL: The scholarship may be renewed for up to three
years, provided the recipient meets the following requirements:

    Submits their completed project by April 15;

    Continues to make satisfactory progress in his/her academic

    Continues to meet the criteria for the award; and

    Applies to renew the scholarship by submitting a satisfactory
    proposal for next years public affairs project.

For information about past student research projects, please visit

    Questions may be directed to BJ Kitchin at or phone 581-1644.
    Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center    5784 York Complex, Bldg. #4  The
    University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5784
         Phone: (207) 581-1648 | Fax: (207) 581-1266