Microelectronics Scholarship

Microelectronics Scholarship Applications are currently closed, pending availability of funding for 2017/18.


The UMaine Microelectronics Scholarship Consortium was founded in 1999 at the University of Maine. Its founding members are Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, and Tundra Semiconductor (now IDT). In 2001, Texas Instruments and Analog Devices became members of the Consortium.

Person working in labThe purpose of the Consortium is to provide merit-based scholarships and co-op work experience to promising first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior students interested in the rapidly expanding microelectronics/semiconductor industry and majoring in either engineering or science at the University of Maine. The program is administered through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering but students from all engineering and science departments are invited to apply.

The microelectronics/semiconductor industry is very interested in growing engineering expertise at the University of Maine. The members of the Consortium have found UMaine graduates to be among their best-educated, hardest working, most reliable, and loyal employees. They have recognized this talent must be cultivated early. Highly capable high school students must be recognized and encouraged to develop their intellectual expertise and given the opportunity to participate in one of the fastest growing industries of the 21st century.

“National Semiconductor in South Portland has a long history of success in hiring co-op’s and graduates from UMaine’s engineering programs. We view this as an investment for both our site and the engineering community within the State of Maine.” – Steve Swan, Process Engineering Manager, National Semiconductor, South Portland, Maine

The microelectronics scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year is $9,000 – $12,000 and is awarded in two installments; half in the Fall Semester and half in the Spring Semester.

Congratulations to the recipients of the UMaine Microelectronics Scholarships for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Andrew Doran Analog Devices
Jeremiah Simonsen Analog Devices
Kevin Wilder Analog Devices
Spencer Desrochers Fairchild Semiconductor

Current UMaine students: Submit a UMaine Student Electronic Application Form. The application form will require you to upload a current resume with a cover letter in PDF format. The cover letter should address: 1) how you became interested in the microelectronics and semiconductor industry, 2) what course work and experience you have related to the microelectroics and semiconductor industry, and 3) how you see yourself participating in that industry in the future. All material must be received no later than March 1, 2016. After an initial evaluation of your application, you may be asked to attend an interview. If you have previously received a microelectronics scholarship, this interview step may be waived.

Microelectronics Scholarship Consortium Schedule for 2015-2016 Academic Year

March 1, 2016 UMaine scholarship application deadline for UMaine students
Friday March 18, 2016 Ranking sent to company representatives
Friday April 15, 2016 Company representatives notify UMaine of selection
Monday April 25, 2016 Final decisions emailed to UMaine winners

If you have questions about the UMaine Microelectronics Scholarship program, please contact Microscholar.