STATE — Maine students interested in careers in journalism are invited to apply for scholarships from the Guy P. Gannett Journalism Scholarship Fund at the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF).   

The Gannett Scholarship provides support for students majoring in journalism or a field reasonably related, including print, broadcast, or electronic media at an undergraduate, graduate, trade, or technical school.

Applicants must be graduates of Maine high schools or have been home-schooled in Maine during their last year of secondary education. Students are chosen based on demonstrated interest in journalism through their choice of coursework and extracurricular activities, as well as financial need and academic achievement.

The scholarship fund – MaineCF’s largest – honors businessman and entrepreneur Guy P. Gannett, who launched his newspaper career in 1921 with the purchase of two newspapers he merged into the Portland Press Herald. By 1998, when the family sold Guy Gannett Communications, its media reach spanned several states with three daily newspapers in Maine and seven television stations.

Gannett’s granddaughter Maddy Corson and her uncle John Gannett established the Guy P. Gannett Scholarship Fund in 2000. Since then, the scholarship has supported 170 students with nearly $4 million in support. In 2023, 19 students were awarded a total of $222,000.

The application deadline is April 1. For more information and to apply, visit

The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine through strategic giving, community leadership, personalized service, local expertise, and strong investments. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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