Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ocean Life, Planet Health


The Maureen D. Keller Undergraduate Scholarship

StudentsEach year, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences awards The Maureen D. Keller Undergraduate Scholarship to a promising Maine student who intends to pursue a Bachelor's degree in the biological or earth sciences.

The $1,000 scholarship honors and remembers Dr. Maureen Keller and her dedication to quality research and education in the field of oceanography.

The Keller Honor Roll:

  • 2013 Briar Bragdon, Windsor: Marine Science, University of New England; Sarah Caron, Boothbay Harbor: Marine Science, Wheaton College
  • 2012 Max Rawson, Bath: Biology, Colorado College
  • 2011 Kaitlyn Alley, Jonesport: Marine Science, Maine Maritime Academy and Sophie Ouellette, Frenchville: Biological Engineering, University of Maine, Orono
  • 2010 Sam Whittemore, Readfield: Geoscience, MIT
  • 2009 Katelyn Tracey, Franklin: Chemical Engineering, University of Maine, Orono
  • 2008 Lauren Grotton, Topsham: Marine Biology, Maine Maritime Academy, Castine
  • 2007 Vanessa Weber, Dedham: Microbiology, University of Maine, Orono
  • 2006 Amy Anderson, Westbrook: Marine Science, University of South Carolina
  • 2005 Jaime Dalrymple, West Farmington: Biology, Gordon College, Massachusetts
  • 2004 Robert Zimmerman, Roque Bluffs: Geology, University of Vermont
  • 2003 Joseph Overlock, Warren: Marine Biology, University of Maine-Machias
  • 2002 Erin Simendinger, Rockland: Bio-chemistry, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania

Who's eligible?

Students eligible to receive the Keller Scholarship will:

  • Be a legal resident of the state of Maine;
  • Be a high school senior or college freshman at the time of application;
  • Be enrolled in a college/university program for the academic year following the award;
  • Intend to major in the biological or earth sciences
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Not already be a Keller Scholar

What's the deadline?

The 2014 deadline is Friday, May 23rd.  All application materials must be received by this date; incomplete applications will not reviewed.

How do we pick the scholarship recipient?

We look first at the academic record: grades, and things like academic achievement and awards. We then look for evidence of success at life, for example: social or economic barriers overcome, community activities engaged in, etc.  We look for the kinds of things that tell us the applicant is a smart and energetic person who has an excellent chance of becoming a valued scientific colleague.

How may the Keller Scholar use the money?

The scholar may spend the funds on any aspect of education. This includes tuition and fees, books, housing, research, equipment, etc. We do not restrict the scholarship to U.S. citizens, or require that the scholar attend a U.S. school.

How do I apply?

You will need three items:

  • The application form
  • Your high school and (if you have any) college academic transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

Electronic submission of materials is preferred.  If you use electronic options, you will need to send, or arrange to have sent, your transcript information and reference letters separately. If you use paper mail options, you may either enclose transcripts and reference letters with your application, or tell us clearly that you have arranged for these documents to be sent to us separately.

Where do I send the application or ask a question?

The Maureen D. Keller Undergraduate Scholarship
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
P.O. Box 380
East Boothbay, Maine   04544
P: 207.315.2567 ext.107