Freedoms Foundation Essay Contest For Maine


The MERF scholarship program is unique in that awards are based totally on essays written by the applicants. There is no requirement for applicants to be members of Mensa nor is any consideration given to grades, academic program, or financial need.  The MERF scholarship program is very large in the geographic area it covers (the entire United States), the number of applications (approximately 6,000 in recent years), and the amount of money available for awards (nearly $70,000).

Applicants must be US citizens and live or go to school in an area covered by this scholarship.  Please visit the MERF website to check this requirement at:  Click on “Scholarships,” then “Application,” and enter your ZIP Code for the appropriate entry form.

Please note that the address below is good only for residents of, or students in, Maine and New Hampshire.  Consult the MERF website for details on other geographic areas.


Winners will receive awards of up to $1,000.

How to apply:

Applications can be requested by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the address below, or via download from the website above.  An essay (described on the application form) is required.


All applications and essays must be postmarked by January 15, 2015 and sent to the following address (Address could be different depending on location):

MENSA Foundation Scholarships

P.O. Box 1371
Stone Mountain, GA 30086-1371

The Veteran Interview Program at the Cole Land Transportation Museum is an incredible opportunity for young adults to interface with prime sources of history. These Ambassadors of Patriotism define the term, "living history". This powerful program has attracted many veterans willing to give their life experiences to the youth of Maine. The low student to veteran ratio (generally 3:1) allows the student's prepared questions to be answered in an intimate and non-threatening manner, and for great spontaneous exchanges!

Generally, the interview lasts an hour. The museum conference room comfortably seats forty students plus veterans. Special accommodations are made to accommodate unique circumstances or groups. Often, scheduling concurrent museum tours and interviews splits larger groups. Our aim is to maximize the learning experience for each and every student.

The Program is fully aligned with the Maine Learning Results. When combined with our writing prompt (with or without our essay contest) "What Freedom Means to Me After Interviewing a Veteran," an interdisciplinary unit is ready made.

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