Foundation for Portland Public Schools Scholarships

FPPS works with Casco Bay High School, Deering High School, Portland High School, Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS), and Portland Adult Education to support postsecondary education for our graduates.

Sustain an Existing Scholarship

For as little as $50 you can build upon an existing scholarship. Support the resilient student who overcame obstacles, the high school athlete, or someone interested in healthcare. Please see the full list of scholarships at each of our high schools below.

Create a New Scholarship

You can set up a scholarship in the name of a business, individual, or in memory of a loved one. We’ll help you set up the criteria, publicize the opportunity, and disburse funds to colleges. Our partners at each high school manage the selection process and will communicate with you about each scholarship recipient. 

For more information, please contact Margo Mallar at or (207) 842-4668

List of Current Scholarships

Advancing the Arts ScholarshipCasco Bay, Deering, PATHS, and Portland High Schools

This scholarship was launched to honor Kirby Pilcher and his wife, Lissa Hunter, a renowned artist. Intended to encourage and support students in meaningful engagements with the visual arts, music and theater, the award has been expanded to include all three Portland city high schools.


  • At least a B average through the first 3 years of high school.
  • Participated in a music or arts program or exhibited an interest/ commitment to the creative arts. 
  • Applied for and been accepted at a post-secondary institution that offers degrees in music, theater, or the arts. 

Award Information: $1500 each year for one graduate from CBHS, DHS, PATHS and PHS

Barbara Anderson ScholarshipPortland High School

Barbara Anderson was a teacher and principal at Portland High School for many years and was known for her kindness and dedication to students. In her retirement, she continues to be a voracious reader who loves to debate politics, economics or social issues. This scholarship was set up in her honor and to support the students of the school that she loved. 


  • First generation to attend college
  • Strong academic performance
  • Financial need 

Award Information: $12,500 each year for two or more PHS graduates

David Burke Scholarship for Creative, Out of the Box ThinkingCasco Bay High School

The David Burke Scholarship for Creative, Out of the Box Thinking will be awarded annually to the Casco Bay High School senior who best exhibits Mr. Burke’s famed creative, “out of the box” thinking. The scholarship was launched by the CBHS faculty in response to the 2023 retirement of founding CBHS faculty member, David Burke.  

Award Information: $501.99 each year to one graduate of CBHS

Janine Lauze Healthcare Professions ScholarshipCasco Bay, Deering, and Portland High Schools

Janine Lauze’s thirty-five-year career as a registered nurse was a passion and proved to fit her personality perfectly. She brought compassion and her gentle nature to comfort patients in their most vulnerable moments. Before her passing, she decided she wanted to provide scholarship opportunities to future nurses or healthcare professionals graduating from Portland Public Schools.


  • Graduates pursuing a degree in nursing or the medical professions
  • Graduates who have financial need and strong academic performance.
  • Graduates who may have demonstrated skills and traits important to success in the medical professions, like empathy, selflessness, community service, and caring

Award Information: $1500 each year for one graduate from CBHS, DHS, and PHS

Make It Happen! Scholarship Deering High School

This scholarship was established by volunteers in the Make It Happen! Program, a college readiness program designed for multilingual and ELL (English Language Learner) students. 


  • Strong academic performance
  • Participation in the Make It Happen! Program during high school
  • Financial need

Award Information: Four-year scholarship of $5,000 each year

Peter Gribbin ScholarshipPortland High School

This scholarship was established by a group of Peter Gribbin’s friends, family members, and former students to honor Peter’s strong ties and deep commitment to Portland High School. A 1957 PHS graduate, Peter was a history teacher and coach at PHS for 35 years and continues as a volunteer, sports announcer, and champion of the PHS Bulldogs! He literally wrote the book on PHS. 

Criteria: Students who embody the qualities or interests of Peter Gribbin (not necessarily all)

  • Plays sports…but not necessarily a superstar
  • Volunteers or does community service
  • Interested in studying to become a teacher, writer, or broadcaster
  • Financial need
  • Sense of humor
  • Outstanding character

Award Information: To be determined in spring 2024

Philip Thompson, Jr. ScholarshipsPortland High School

Philip Thompson, Jr. set up these scholarships in his will, as a bequest to benefit graduates of Portland High School. 


  • Portland High School Brown Medal recipients
  • Students who show achievement in poetry composition

Award Information: $1,000 for each of two Brown Medal recipients and $1,000 for each of two PHS graduates who are excellent in poetry composition

Scott Pierce Leadership AwardCasco Bay High School

This scholarship was launched by the friends and family of Scott Pierce, who passed away in 2022. Scott was a revered leader, family man, and friend who was the father of CBHS Principal Derek Pierce.


  • Leading with kindness, humor, and integrity

Award Information: $5,000 each year to one graduate of CBHS

Shupe Joyful Living Scholarship Portland High School

MaryAnn and Paul Shupe have two sons who benefited from the diversity and opportunities of Portland High School. Their experiences were different,  but they were both non-traditional students who found staff and opportunities that led them down paths for success. The Shupes wanted to support other students who may not have typical experiences. 


  • A non-traditional student who might be otherwise overlooked
  • Money to be used for further education or training

Award Information: $1,000 each year for a PHS graduate

Xavier Botana Scholarship CBHS, DHS, or PHS

This scholarship was formed to honor the legacy of former Superintendent Xavier Botana’s equity work and focus on the Portland Promise. Scholarship recipients will be students in the Make It Happen! Program, a college readiness program designed for multilingual and ELL (English Language Learner) students. 

Award Information:  To be determined in spring 2024