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Prosper Scholarship

Make college your reality: The PROSPER Scholarship can make it happen!

Having a college degree opens many more doors in America. There are federal programs to support immigrants who want to go to college, but they don’t apply to asylum seekers.  

Our two-year program assists asylum seekers in earning their associates degree. The program covers tuition and books at any accredited community college or university in Maine. Students are paired with mentors to help make the most of their college experience.


In partnership with Southern Maine Community College, ProsperityME awards full-tuition scholarships - including books - toward two-year associates degrees. 


To be eligible, candidates must: 

  • Be a Maine resident. 

  • Plan to enroll or already be enrolled in an accredited Maine community college, a university, or a trade school with plans to pursue a certification or an advanced degree.

  • Maintain a 2.5 minimum GPA.

  • Demonstrate financial need and FASFA ineligibility.

  • Provide proof of a pending asylum status. For example, an Alien Number (A number), or a Work Authorization.

  • Maintain regular communication with the scholarship coordinator and ProsperityME.

  • Must attend class or will be responsible for payment.

  • All checks will be invoiced to the institution directly.

  • The PROSPER scholarship does not cover healthcare insurance.

  • Scholarships are non-transferable to another institution unless authorized by ProsperityME.

  • Candidates cannot be ProsperityME employees or board members..


Applications for the Academic scholarship are now CLOSED.  Applications will be reviewed in April and qualified finalists will be notified by April 30, 2024.

We also consider requests from those seeking professional certificates and recertification. 

Additional guidelines specific to professional training scholarship:

·         The application is open all year round. These requests are reviewed quarterly.

·         Must provide your résumé.

·         Must provide 3 most recent pay stubs.

·         Must provide your tax returns.

·         The institution of your choice must be accredited and in Maine.

Apply for the Professional Training Scholarship

Have questions about our scholarship opportunities? Read our FAQ to learn more.

If eligibility and communication are not maintained, ProsperityME may stop funding at any time.


Congratulations to the 2023 Prosper Scholarship Recipients!

  • Jean Beya - Information technology (IT) - Democratic Republic of Congo 

  • Don Diego Kabwau - Health Science - Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Barbra Mutale – Nursing - Zambia

  • Ngalula Arieth - Social Sciences - Angola

  • Dalie Kaneza - Nursing - RWANDA

  • Esperance Ndutira – Nursing - Rwanda

  • Laura Zombo - Health Science - Angola

  • Moustapha Mukendi - Nursing - Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Charles Junior Shamukiga - Business Analytics - Rwanda

  • Esther Uwanyuze - Computer Science - Rwanda

  • Mignone Muberarugo - Mechanical Engineering - Rwanda

Can YOU can help send another group of high-achieving asylum seekers to college in 2024? Your tax-deductible donation will go DIRECTLY to the students. The PROSPER scholarship covers all educational fees — including tuition and books — for two years. Invest in an immigrant student's education, and make an investment in the future of Maine!

Make a Donation Today!


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