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What is the Competitive Skills Scholarship?
The Competitive Skills Scholarship is a Maine Department of Labor program that helps Maine workers learn new skills. It provides a grant to eligible workers to earn a degree or certificate for jobs the Maine Department of Labor has identified as high-wage occupations in demand in Maine.
Who is eligible to apply?
To qualify, you must be at least 18 years old, have a desire to earn a degree or certificate, and meet income standards.
What is considered a high-wage, in demand occupation?
The Department of Labor developed a list of jobs considered high-wage, in demand occupations. These jobs have a average wage at or above the average wage for all occupations in Maine and are projected to have a minimum number of job openings annually.
I wasn't the best student in high school - can I still qualify?
You can still qualify even if you didn't have the best grades in school. You may be tested to see if you are able to successfully take part in the training program.
How can the money be used?
The Competitive Skills Scholarship pays for tuition and fees that are not paid from other sources, including federal financial aid. The grant may also pay for other supports while you are in training including: childcare, transportation, books, supplies, equipment, and remedial and prerequisite training
How much can I expect to receive?
If you are eligible, you can receive up to $6,000 per year for a full-time student and $3,000 per year for a part-time student. You can qualify for a grant each year you remain in your training program.
Do I have to pay it back?
The Competitive Skills Scholarship is a grant, not a loan, and does not have to be paid back at the completion of your program.
How do I get started?
Contact your local CareerCenter to apply for the Competitive Skills Scholarship or to learn more.