Lou Fontana Scholarship

The Lou Fontana Scholarship Fund is maintained through the cooperative efforts of the Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities (MADSEC), the Department of Education, and the University of Maine as a tribute to Lou Fontana and to his many contributions to children with disabilities throughout Maine.

Selection Criteria

  • Student Grade Point Average

  • Work experience with people with disabilities (paid and/or volunteer)

  • Resume

  • "Statement of Commitment" to working with students with disabilities


Applications must be received by March 1, 2019 to be considered for the support of academic pursuits during the 2019-2020 school year.

Who Should Apply

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Maine system who are matriculating toward a degree in Special Education, preferably in the area of Severe Disabilities, but anyone residing in the state of Maine pursuing a degree in Special Education will be considered. Preference may be given to applicants following a non-traditional path to the profession.


Applications must include one (1) copy of each of the following:

  • A profile of the applicant's background (100-150 words)
  • Up-to-date copies of transcripts
  • A completed resume and/or vitae

  • A written "Statement of Commitment" to working with students with disabilities

  • A cover letter that states how this scholarship will assist the student in completing studies in Special Education

Scholarship Amount: $1000