College is expensive for everyone. The fees, tuition, room and board, and everything else that is factored in can add up to a hefty dollar amount. Did you know that there are loan forgiveness programs and UMF scholarships designed for education majors? Read below to learn about some of these options.
Loan Forgiveness: The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans. If you have PLUS loans only, you are not eligible for this type of forgiveness. Participants in this program must have a bachelor’s degree in education to be considered a qualified teacher, and ust have completed their five years of full-time teaching before applying for Loan Forgiveness. You may visit the Teacher Loan Forgiveness website to learn more information about eligibility requirements, loan qualifications, or to fill out an application.
UMF Scholarships: UMF offers over one hundred academic scholarships for students, and many of them are dedicated to students in the education field. Many scholarships have very few requirements to be eligible, and they are designed to help all students that are deserving. Below is list of just some of the scholarships offered to education majors at UMF. For a complete list of UMF scholarships and recipient requirements, visit the UMF Scholarships website.
Scholarships for Education Majors (this is not an exhaustive list):
Allen, Grace Stone Award
Ambrose, Dr. Edward S. and Barbara Dickey Scholarship
Arsenault, Katie J. Memorial Scholarship
Brooks, Leonard Knowles ‘58 Scholarship
Clawson, Gene and Sue Scholarship
Cobban, Margaret R. Scholarship Fund
Cramer, Rowena Titcomb Scholarship Fund
Currie, Edmund D. Scholarship Fund
D’aiutolo, Sadie Redding
Genthner, Grace Berry Scholarship
Irwin, Charlotte M. Brett
Johnson, Alice Miller (Class of 1939) Scholarship
Kaulback, Vera Macbean (Class of 1940) Scholarship
Lake, Doris Francis Scholarship
Lockwood, Helen E. Scholarship
Macinnes, Beatrice Hudon Memorial Scholarship
McGary, Ruth Webber (Class of 1950) Scholarship
Mosher, Nettie Taylor Scholarships
Nickerson, Clement (1956) and Patricia Craig (1959) Scholarship
Parlin, Millard S. Sr. and Alverna, W. Scholarship
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The Farmington spirit was alive and well before I ever showed up, but I think my contribution was to recognize the college’s strength and goodness and to make sure that everybody here got the picture too, so we could work together, to make it better, to take care of the students. The faculty and staff that we attracted and kept here had that commitment to excellence and pride in their learning community, and gradually, over time, the reputation of UMF in the big world came closer to matching the reality of what we created together here in Western Maine.