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Financial Aid

John L. Martin Environmental Scholarship Award

a cascading waterfall in the middle of a forest

The John L. Martin Environmental Scholarship is a unique and amazing opportunity for a UMFK undergraduate student to participate in and complete a paid work-study experience during the summer on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway [AWW], whereas upon completion of this work-study experience, the student will also be awarded a $1000 scholarship (in addition to the work-study compensation), which would be credited to their account in the amount of $500 each of the semesters in the following academic year (fall & spring) to cover education costs.



WHO CAN APPLY

A sophomore or junior year student in the Environmental Studies, Forestry, Biology or Conservation Law programs. Students applying must be in good academic standing and demonstrate potential success in an environmentally related field.

NOTE: One award recipient will be selected by the AWW Superintendent, as well as two alternates. An alternate will not receive any part of this award/scholarship unless the top recipient cannot fulfill the summer work-study duties; should this occur, the top recipient forfeits the scholarship funds and the first alternate is offered the award. Should the first alternate refuse, they too forfeit the award and the final award offer is made to the second alternate.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Submit a self-written bio to the Academic Affairs office by March 1. Your bio would be similar to a job cover letter or resume, be 1-2 pages long, and must at a minimum include the following information:
    • Your name, program and current academic standing.
    • Any background information / past experience(s) that may relate to the summer work-study position,
    • Why you desire to pursue a career that is environmentally related, and
    • How this opportunity would contribute to your personal and professional development.
  • Accompanying your bio, you must also submit a recommendation letter from a faculty member within your program, which must support your good academic standing and promise for future contributions in a related career.
  • All materials can either be submitted electronically by email to, barbie.eldridge@maine.edu or by mail (including campus mail) to:

    Barbie Eldridge – Academic Affairs
    23 University Dr.
    Fort Kent, ME 04743

TIMING

  • All application materials are due to the Academic Affairs office before 4:30 pm on March 1, 2019; early applications will be accepted.
  • Award status notifications (recipient, alternates, denied applicants) will be circulated in April and formally awarded at an event to be named at a later date.
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WORK-STUDY ASSIGNMENT IS DURING THE SUMMER – SHOULD YOU APPLY, YOU MUST COMMIT TO STAYING LOCALLY AND WORKING DURING A PORTION OF THE SUMMER.

SUMMER WORK-STUDY LOCATION

  • The summer work-study assignment will be on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway within the North Maine Woods (NMW); actual location varies from year to year depending on where work is needed; e.g. Michaud Farm post, Round Pond cabin, etc.
  • Living accommodations in NMW are very remote and primitive.

IMPORTANT DETAILS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Summer work-study duties may include, but are not limited to, general campsite maintenance, building picnic tables, supervision of volunteer groups, public safety, registering campers, erosion control, and carpentry work on buildings.
  • The work-study hours and compensation are dependent on the University work-study fund allocation amount/value. E.g. hours worked are dependent on allocation amount, pay rate and total hours of work, not to exceed allocation.
  • Dependent on allocation amount, the work-study experience may span 2-4, 2-week cycles. A 2-week cycle is usually 8, consecutive 10-hour days, followed by 6 days off, for a two week schedule. There may be some flexibility with the schedule, which would have to be negotiated/developed with the AWW rangers you will be working with.
  • AWW rangers will work with the award recipient to select start and end dates, typically targeting a June start.
  • Work-study compensation will vary depending on minimum wage laws and is separate from the $1000 scholarship funds.
  • Recipient must have their own reliable transportation. The work site locations are many miles beyond the town of Allagash (~40 miles from Fort Kent), in the North Maine Woods. Although the dirt roads are maintained, they are often rough.
  • The AWW will provide you a primitive cabin as your accommodations while working for them; you will be required to bring your own bedding and will be responsible for your own groceries – you WILL NOT be reimbursed for the cost of your food.
  • Please be aware that you will be living alone in a remote location, and you may have limited supervision during this experience.
  • Tools and equipment needed for the job will be provided to you by AWW.
  • Prior to starting the summer work-study, you must see the Student Employment Coordinator to complete all required work authorization documentation.
  • The AWW will be your summer employer, sponsored through UMFK. Should you have any questions/concerns that cannot be resolved with AWW, please contact UMFK Student Employment.

QUESTIONS??

  • Please reach out to your advisor, Division Chair and/or Program Coordinator for more information and assistance.