The University of Maine at Presque Isle provides various forms of financial assistance to students showing financial need. The Office of Financial Aid is often able to combine several available programs into a single package. Prospective students who are interested in Financial Aid should apply for aid at the time they apply to the University for admission.
Any United States citizen or permanent resident enrolled or planning to enroll in an academic program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle is eligible to apply for financial assistance. To be considered for aid, one must be accepted into a degree program and meet all of the eligibility requirements established by the federal government.
The Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and submitted to the Federal Student Aid Programs in accordance with instructions on the form. This form is available online at www.fafsa.gov.
Students should submit their applications at the earliest possible date. Financial aid awards are made on a rolling basis in the order that application files become complete in the Financial Aid Office.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal and State regulations require that students receiving financial aid maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a degree. If the minimum satisfactory academic progress is not met, the student’s aid may be terminated. Detailed information regarding this policy is available in the Office of Student Financial Services and on UMPI’s website - go to “Offices and Services”, “Financial Aid” and click on “Eligibility for Title IV Funds” for a downloadable pdf.
Federal Financial Aid Award
Federal Pell Grant
This is a federally funded grant program designed to form the foundation of all aid received. The amount of the grant is based upon the student’s cost of attendance at the school. It also varies, depending upon the number of credits for which the student is enrolled. Whenever enrollment status changes, so does the amount of the Pell Grant.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
This is a federally funded program intended for undergraduate students of exceptional financial need. FSEOG grants are available in amounts ranging from $100 to $4,000 per year, depending upon funding levels.
Federal Work Study Program
With the assistance of federal funds, the University is able to provide many employment opportunities on campus or, in some instances, in off-campus agencies. On campus work study academic year awards are determined first. If additional funds are available, off-campus and summer awards can be made. Eligible students are limited to 20 hours per week during the school term, but may work 40 hours per week during the summer or other school vacations. Eligibility is based on need.
Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program
Federal Stafford Loans are available through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan). Stafford loans are either Subsidized (the federal government pays the interest on the loan until repayment begins and during authorized periods of deferment) or Unsubsidized (students are charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full). Subsidized Loans are awarded on the basis of financial need; Unsubsidized loans are not based on financial need.
Students may borrow a Subsidized Loan up to $3,500 during the first year of a program of study; $4,500 after completion of the first year; and $5,500 upon completion of two years of study. If the student requires additional funding, more money may be available through the unsubsidized Stafford Loan program. The student should consult with the Financial Aid Office in this situation.
Repayment begins six months after the student’s last attendance of at least halftime.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans
Federal plus Loans enable parents with good credit histories to borrow for the education expenses of each child who is a dependent undergraduate student enrolled at least half time. plus Loans are available through the Direct Loan Program. Most of the benefits to parent borrowers are identical in the two programs.
The yearly limit on the plus Loan is equal to the student’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received. Parents pay a minimal service fee, deducted proportionately each time a loan payment is made. There is no grace period for these loans; interest begins to accumulate at the time the first disbursement is made. Generally, parents must begin repaying both principal and interest 60 days after the date of the final loan disbursement.
Other Types of Financial Aid Awards
Maine State Grant Program
The 108th Maine Legislature enacted this program of grant assistance for students enrolled in Maine post-secondary institutions. Maine residents interested in this opportunity may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1 every year.
Educators for Maine Program
This Program is a state funded program for graduating high school seniors and college students who want to become teachers. Also, post-baccalaureate students who are pursuing graduate studies in education, as well as teachers, are eligible to apply for loans under the Educators for Maine Program.
Recipients may borrow a maximum of $3,000 per year up to a total of $12,000. Student loans are competitive based on academic merit and are renewable provided the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average and attends school full time. Teacher loans also are competitive and based on the relevance of the request to the individual’s teaching career. Application materials are available through the Finance Authority of Maine, Maine Education Assistance Division. The deadline for this program is May 1st.
University grants are available as part of the financial aid package for students demonstrating financial need.
University Campus Housing Grants
Housing grants are available, as part of the financial aid package, for students who live in traditional campus housing and who demonstrate financial need.
Native American Waiver and Educational Program
The University of Maine System has tuition waiver and room and board grant programs for eligible Native American students. The purpose of these programs is to encourage Native American students to participate in public higher education in Maine.
Native American Tuition Waiver Program
Tuition and mandatory fees will be waived for eligible students, who are matriculated and enrolled in academic, credit bearing courses at the undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education level at the campuses of the University of Maine System. Mandatory fees are those fees which all students must pay including any course or program fees as determined by the campus.
Native American Room and Board Grant
The Native American Room and Board Grant is a need based award for eligible native students living in a residence hall or the campus where they are matriculating. Students will be subsidized at the double occupancy rate for the student’s residence. Charges for single, double single, or computer or telephone devices, for which there is a separate charge, will be the responsibility of the student tenant. Room and board charges will be covered only during the traditional academic year.
Veteran Dependent Tuition Waivers
Tuition may be waived for persons qualifying under subchapter 37-A MRSA, Section 50-J to 50-M.
Tuition Waivers for Children of Fire Fighters & Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line-of-Duty
Tuition waivers are available for children of fire fighters or law enforcement officers who have been killed or who have received an injury during the performance of duties, which resulted in death.
Tuition Waiver for Persons in Foster Care upon Graduating from High School or Successfully Completing a GED Examination
Tuition will be waived for eligible Maine students who have applied for federal student financial aid. These students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or certificate program of at least one year and not have been enrolled full-time for more than five years or the equivalent. A person desiring a tuition waiver should apply to the Finance Authority of Maine for determination or eligibility. No more than 25 new waivers will be awarded in each year. MRSA, Title 20-A, Section 12571, as enacted 1999, P.L. c.429-A and amended in May 2000.
Public Benefit Programs
UMPI is approved by the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, the Maine Rehabilitation Commission, and other public agencies for educational benefits under a variety of programs.
Student Academic Scholarship Program
The Student Academic Scholarship Program will permit UMPI to award tuition scholarships to students whose presence would enhance the academic standard of the university by recognizing the academic achievement of our new students.
In-State or Out-of-State First Time College Students
John F. Hill Scholarship
The student must score 1150+ combined, critical reading and math on his/ her SAT/ACT score and a 3.0 GPA at the completion of high school. The scholarship is renewable for six additional continuous semesters for a total of eight semesters and is dependent on certain criteria: successfully completing a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester, which are delivered by the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and maintaining a 3.0 or greater GPA each semester.
Transfer Achievement Scholarship
The student must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a minimum of 24 credit hours from an accredited Community College or University who transfers directly to the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average per semester at UMPI, and successfully complete 15 semester hours of credit delivered by UMPI each term.
In-State or Out-of-State College Students
University Work Program
A limited number of jobs are available on campus for students who are not eligible for financial assistance.
Merit Scholarships and Awards
In recognition of the unique talents and experiences of its entering students and to encourage continued diversity in its student population, the University of Maine at Presque Isle offers a number of merit-based scholarships, awards, and grants.
Steven Eagles Memorial Student Senate Scholarships
The Student Senate Scholarships were created by the 1984 Student Senate to promote high academic achievement. Senate Scholarships are awarded annually to deserving students.
Monica G. Gilbert Memorial Scholarship
Students must be a BFA (Bachelor’s of Fine Arts) major, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and show involvement in campus and/or community organizations.
Edna L. Higgins Memorial Scholarships
This scholarship is awarded annually from a memorial fund established by the late Edna L. Higgins, with preference given to students from the greater Portland, Maine area.
Rev. George M. Park Memorial Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded annually from the memorial fund established by the late Clinton D. Park in honor of his father, Rev. George M. Park, a founder of UMPI.
T.W. Morrison Scholarship
Established by the Student Senate, this scholarship is awarded to a deserving full-time student who demonstrates leadership skills in campus and/or community activities. Any student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better is eligible.
Bath Iron Works Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1990 by Bath Iron Works and its employees to provide scholarship aid to needy undergraduate students in good academic standing enrolled at a campus of the um System. Preference is given to BIW employees and their children.
University Foundation Awards
The following are Foundation of the University at Presque Isle-sponsored scholarships for students of academic promise.
Ralph W. Allen Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Allen family and is awarded to a full-time student or entering freshman from the Caribou area.
This $500 scholarship is awarded annually by the Alumni Association of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The applicant must be the son, daughter, grandchild, or spouse of an alumnus. Any full-time, second semester freshman, sophomore, or junior with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better in any major may apply for this Alumni Scholarship.
John Anderson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1995 and is awarded to a junior or senior who is majoring in Secondary Education. Ruth was a Professor of Education at UMPI for many years. Preference is given to Canadian students.
Alan Arman Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving campus resident in good academic standing.
Aroostook Agricultural Farm Fund Scholarship
This scholarship may be awarded to a full-time student who is a resident of Aroostook County and plans to work in a business or organization that serves the agricultural community in some capacity. Examples include teaching, banking, insurance sales, social work, criminal justice, etcetera. This scholarship is renewable for a total of eight semesters provided a gpa of 2.50 is maintained. UMPI will select the scholarship recipient(s).
Richard Ayre Criminal Justice Scholarship
The Richard Ayre Criminal Justice Scholarship was established in the Foundation of the University at Presque Isle for the benefit of the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2015 under the will of the late Richard Ayre of Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield, ME. This scholarship is a lasting memorial to Dr. Richard “Dick” Ayre, a Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The fund shall be used for scholarships for students majoring in Criminal Justice. Recipients shall be enrolled full time, seeking their first undergraduate degree, and shall have at least a “B” average.
Richard Ayre Social Activism Scholarship
The Richard Ayre Social Activism Scholarship was established in the Foundation of the University at Presque Isle for the benefit of the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2015 under the will of the late Richard Ayre of Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield, ME. This scholarship is a lasting memorial to Dr. Richard “Dick” Ayre, Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, who dedicated his life to social activism. The fund shall be used for scholarships for students who are active in social justice causes. Recipients shall be enrolled full time, seeking their first undergraduate degree, and shall have at least a “B” average.
Richard Ayre Second Chance Scholarship & Mentoring Program
The Dick Ayre Second Chance Scholarship and Mentoring Program was established in the Foundation of the University at Presque Isle for the benefit of the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 2015 under the will of the late Richard Ayre of Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield, ME. This scholarship is a lasting memorial to Dr. Richard “Dick” Ayre, Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, who dedicated his life to mentoring at-risk young people. The fund shall be used to provide scholarships for students who are at-risk and in need. A portion of this fund may also be used to pay for a mentor(s) to work with at-risk students who have a strong desire to pursue their education. Students enrolled part time or full time, and seeking their first undergraduate degree, will be eligible for consideration of this award. Recipients shall have at least a “C+” average.
Gordon & Dorothy Baker Memorial Scholarship
These scholarships are awarded to students from Aroostook County, with preference given to students from the Presque Isle area. Recipients shall be deserving, both financially and from the standpoint of potential scholarship and demonstrated integrity.
Bachelor of Social Work Scholarship
This scholarship will support BSW majors from the U.S. and Canada. The recipient must be accepted in the BSW program (completed interview), enrolled in nine (9) credit hours of BSW course work, and have completed at least one semester of field work at UMPI.
Merrill (Mike) Bull Scholarship
Applicants shall be full-time, third year business majors from Aroostook County, who have maintained at least a 2.50 average during their first two years of study. Recipient must demonstrate significant promise to meet his or her lifetime goals.
Paul & Sheila Cariani Scholarship
This award will go to a graduate of an Aroostook County high school. Preference will be given to students whose parents are teachers in MSAD #1 or employees of Maine Public Service Company.
P. Arnold Christie Memorial Scholarship
Preference for this scholarship is given to a student from Aroostook County with a good academic record and leadership qualities.
Patricia Collins Art Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an art major, selected on the basis of merit.
Dr. George T. Corey Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor the late Dr. George T. Corey of Caribou. The award is given to a full-time student at UMPI from the greater Caribou area. The recipient must demonstrate high academic achievement and promise.
Jerry and Mabel Desmond Education Scholarship
This fund was established by the Desmond family. Both Jerry and Mabel are graduates of UMPI, formerly named the Aroostook State Normal School. This scholarship will be awarded to an Education major with preference given to someone from the State of Maine.
Joel W. Dana Memorial Fine Art Program Award
Established by family and friends in memory of Joel Dana, former UMPI art professor, the award is given annually to an outstanding art major for use in his or her senior exhibition.
Robert S. Doughty Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Robert Doughty in 1999 and is awarded annually to a Fort Fairfield High School graduate.
Robert S. Doughty Jr. Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a needy full-time student, in the following order of preference, who is (1) from Fort Fairfield, (2) from Aroostook County, (3) married and working his or her way through school, or (4) from the State of Maine, pursuing a degree in teaching or nursing.
Aleta “Gunna” Drapeau Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a freshman female from Maine majoring in Physical Education. The recipient must write an essay on the importance of personal commitment or importance of family and friends. This scholarship is renewable.
Nellie T. Dunning Scholarship
Established by the Alumni Association in 1986 to honor Nellie T. Dunning, a former Finance Officer at the Aroostook State Teachers College, the scholarship is awarded to a female Elementary Education major who exhibits promise. Recipient must be from Aroostook County.
David G. & Frances Lunt Flewelling Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is awarded annually to students possessing literary talent and academic ability and demonstrating financial need. The eligible candidate will have completed 30 credit hours, 15 with the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.
William Forbes Geology Scholarship
This scholarship has been established by the Aroostook Beverage Company in honor of Dr. William Forbes, former Professor of Geology at UMPI. The Geology faculty at UMPI will select the recipient.
Raynold & Sandra Gauvin Family Scholarship Fund
The Gauvin Scholarship was established by Ray & Sandy Gauvin. This scholarship is awarded to an Aroostook County student, preferably a non-traditional student. Factors to be considered, but not limited to, are the degree of interest in a college education, potential for making a contribution to college life, and an indication of high moral character.
Caroline Gentile Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Alumni Association in honor of longtime faculty member, Professor Caroline Gentile. Student applicants must be in the field of Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Elementary Education. Only juniors or seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better are eligible.
Jere Green/UM-Presque Isle Library Staff Scholarship
This award goes to a student who has worked more than 30 weeks as a work-study student in the UMPI Library.
William Haskell Scholarship
Founded by the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Alumni Association, this scholarship is awarded annually to a Recreation major who shows academic promise and who resides in Presque Isle, Aroostook County or the State of Maine.
Higher Education Matters Endowment
This scholarship was established by MBNA in 1999 and is awarded to a freshman.
Warren H. Horton Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an upperclassman in the international studies or social sciences area. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.
The Houlton Center Scholarship
These scholarships are awarded to Maine residents living in southern Aroostook County and attending the Houlton Center as matriculated students. Recipients must demonstrate financial need.
G. Melvin & Phyllis Hovey Scholarship
This award will go to a student who demonstrates a high degree of interest in a college education and potential for making a contribution to college life. Preference is given to Aroostook County residents.
The Humanities Scholarship is available to any junior or senior majoring in Art or English. The scholarship was designed to defray costs associated with research projects. Students should apply for the scholarship through our annual Foundation Scholarship process. A detailed description of the research project should be included with the application.
International Student Scholarship
The purpose of the International Students Scholarship and Work Program is to provide financial assistance for tuition and employment on campus. Working on campus facilitates the international student’s connection to the University and provides students and staff the opportunity to interact with someone from a different country.
This scholarship is awarded to an education major from the Fort Fairfield/ Easton area.
Arthuretta Kierstead/Theora Bartley Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a junior or sophomore majoring in Elementary Education or Physical Education who has demonstrated ability in the arts. Preference is given to a female.
Jan & Evelyn Kok Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2000 and will be awarded to a student who has resided in Maine for at least two years prior to enrolling at UMPI. The recipient must be a major in the arts or sciences area.
John N. Lagerstrom Memorial Farm Credit Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student from Aroostook County who is enrolled in at least the second semester of college. The parents or grandparents of the recipient must be Farm Credit stockholders. The parents of the recipient may also be employees/retired employees of Farm Credit of Maine Northern Division. The scholarship is awarded to a student with significant promise to meet his/her lifetime goals.
Johnston Estabrook Family Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who has financial need. Preference is given to working parents with dependent children living at home, and who want to enrich their lives through higher education.
Florence Flewelling Lamoreau Scholarship
This award goes to a full-time entering student from Aroostook County who shows promise of high academic achievement and the potential to make a significant contribution to college life and society.
Maine Potato Growers Scholarship
This fund was established by Maine Potato Growers to assist a highly motivated Aroostook County student studying at UMPI.
Maine Potato Growers - Harley D. Welch Scholarship
Established by Maine Potato Growers in honor of Harley D. Welch, this scholarship is awarded to an Aroostook County student enrolled as a degree candidate or an entering full-time freshman with significant promise.
Maine Public Service Company Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time freshman who shows significant promise, with preference given to students pursuing vocations useful in a career with Maine Public Service Company.
Math/Science Academic Scholarship
This scholarship fund has been established by UMPI faculty to assist in enhancing the academic reputation of the campus by recognizing academic achievement in the math-science area.
Peter G. McConnell Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an upper-class student who is majoring in business and/or accounting. Preference is given to Aroostook County students.
The Smith C. & Charlene W. McIntire Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Smith C. & Charlene W. McIntire. Recipients shall be graduates of a Maine secondary school or shall have been domiciled in the State of Maine for the two (2) years prior to application for scholarship. Applicants shall have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.80 and demonstrate need for scholarship assistance.
Sylvia T. McKenney Scholarship
Applicants must be an Education Major (Secondary or Elementary), enrolled full time, seeking their first undergraduate bachelor’s degree, have good academic achievement, good character, and community service.
Freda Clark Mitchell Memorial Scholarship
Started by the family and friends of the late Freda Clark Mitchell, a Financial Aid Director at UMPI, the scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student.
George & Clara Fenlason Morris Scholarship Fund
These awards are given to graduates of Limestone High School who are enrolled at UMPI and based upon scholastic standing, character, leadership, and service to the community.
Malcolm & Cecilia Gagnon Murphy Creative Arts
Awarded to an Aroostook County high school graduate who is a senior Fine Arts Major with 2.5 GPA or higher.
C. A. Nutter Scholarship Fund
The C. A. Nutter Scholarship Fund was established to benefit a Mars Hill student attending the Presque Isle campus. Initial funding came from the Walter Dearborn family and the Mars Hill Rotary Club.
Ruel Parks Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a sophomore or junior in the Physical Education or Exercise Science program. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate past or present involvement in the physical education of children, such as coaching a recreational or school sports team, involvement in sports camps or summer camps, and who demonstrate financial need.
Dr. Kenneth C. Petress Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established from the Petress Estate. Dr. Petress was a speech communication professor at UMPI for many years. It is the intent of this fund to support English/Humanities students in good academic standing. Preference will be given to students studying in the field of Professional Communications.
Kenneth Petress Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students
This scholarship was established from the Petress Estate. Dr. Petress was a speech communication professor at UMPI for many years. The scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional age student (25 years old or older). The intent of the scholarship fund is to support those who are uncertain about the college degree experience, but would like to take a college course in a supportive environment. The award will cover the tuition cost of one course and fees.
The Presque Isle Garden Club Environmental Education Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to eligible students who have completed the equivalent of at least two semesters of full-time study. Students majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability, Agricultural Science, or Biology as well as students who are education majors whose emphasis is in these fields are eligible. Financial need will be considered, but greater importance is placed on the scholarship, determination, and integrity of the individual.
Presque Isle Rotary Scholarship
Awarded to a student from Aroostook County who exemplifies an ethic of community service.
David J. Reynolds Scholarship
Established in 2017, this scholarship is awarded to an upper-class level, full-time student who has completed 30 plus credits and who is majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability.
Daniel Schmidt Scholarship
Applicants for the Dr. Daniel Fredric Schmidt Memorial Scholarship shall be any student majoring or minoring in Psychology with a concentration in the fields of Behavioral Science or Sociology. Grants will not be made to an entering freshman student. Applicant must have achieved an academic average of 3.00 or better during his or her prior academic year.
Paris Snow Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student from Aroostook County who has interest in environmental related studies and/or political science and a career in public management.
Ruby Ashby Snowman Memorial Scholarship
This is an award made to a full-time entering or continuing student from the State of Maine who expresses an interest in a career in education beginning as a classroom teacher.
William & Pearl Staples Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Staples family in 1999 and is awarded to an Aroostook County student who is deserving financially and from the stand point of potential scholarship and demonstrated integrity.
Alice & Hazen Stetson Scholarship
This fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. Stetson for a deserving student from Aroostook County who is enrolled at UMPI. Mr. Stetson served as the first chairman of the University-Presque Isle Community Council and was very active in community affairs until his death.
Lionel & Rita Theriault Family Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an entering full-time freshman from Aroostook County who shows promise of benefiting from a college education. First preference shall be given to employees of Lionel Theriault, Inc., or their immediate families.
Larry & Audrey Thibodeau Scholarship
This scholarship was established through a life insurance policy of Mr. Thibodeau. It was the wishes of Mr. & Mrs. Thibodeau that this scholarship be awarded to students from Aroostook County,who are majoring in a medical-related field, such as Nursing or Medical Lab Technician.
Time Warner Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a freshman who is a Maine resident.
Timothy E. Townsend Memorial Scholarship
It is the intent of this fund to support the learning of Geology in the broadest sense. The grant might support field trips, lab equipment, books, scholarships and other activities.
Watson Family Scholarship
This award is given to an Aroostook County student who is in good academic standing and has a financial need.
Dr. Clifford O.T. & Marguerite Hill Wieden Scholarship
Founded by the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Alumni Association to honor the University’s President Emeritus, the scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student.
Wysocki International Business Fund
This scholarship was established in 1992 by Professor Wysocki to foster and nurture an international business focus on the campus. The award may be used for student travel, internships, books, research, or scholarships.
Matisse Zillman Scholarship
Established in December 2010 by Don and Linda Zillman, in memory of their beloved German Shorthaired Pointer. The award will go to a part-time student(s) in financial need taking 6-11 credit hours whose intent is to become a degree student. Minimum GPA of 2.5. Strong preference will be given to students who own, volunteer or otherwise work with animals. ★