Office of Undergraduate Admission

First-Year Student Scholarships

USM Merit Scholarships, Fall 2015

All qualified incoming first-yearstudents who apply by April 1 are automatically considered. Students must complete their entire application by this date. This includes: application fee, official high school transcript, official SAT or ACT test scores, letter of recommendation and completed personal statement (essay). Apply Now!!!! 

For the best financial aid package, students are encouraged to complete their application by the priority deadline for the FAFSA which is February 15, 2015. Please note that out-of-state students must live on-campus for the first two-years to receive the full scholarship award.  If the recipient chooses to live off-campus, the award is reduced by $1,000 per semester. Regardless of residency status, merit scholarships are awarded up to 4 years with full-time enrollment (12-credits per semester) and a continuing GPA of 2.75 or better.

FAFSA and USM application by February 15, 2015.

See list for details about each merit scholarship award:

President's Scholar Award: Awarded to first-year students who graduate in the top 10% of their class or a 3.67 average and a 1200 SAT (Critical Reading/ Math only) or 27 ACT composite score

  • Maine Resident: $4,000 annually and $16,000 over four years*
  • Out-of-State: ; $12,000 annually and $48,000 over four years*

*In order to receive the full scholarship, students must enroll full-time and maintain a 2.75 GPA. 
**Out-of-State students must live on-campus for the first two-years to receive the full amount. We also offer the New England Board of Higher Education (NEHBE) tuition discounts.

Dirigo Scholar Award: Awarded to first-year students who graduate in the top 30% of their class or a 3.0 average and a 1050 SAT (Critical Reading/ Math only) or 23 ACT composite score

  • Maine Resident: $2,500 annually and $10,000 over four years*
  • Out-of-State: ; $10,000 annually and $40,000 over four years**

*In order to receive the full scholarship, students must enroll full-time and maintain a 2.75 GPA. ** Out-of-State students must live on-campus for the first two-years to receive the full amount. We also offer the New England Board of Higher Education (NEHBE) tuition discounts.

USM Scholar Award: Awarded to first-year students who graduate in the top 30% of their class or a 3.0 average and a 950 SAT (Critical Reading/ Math only) or 20 ACT composite score.
  • Maine Resident: $1,750 annually and $7,000 over four years*
  • Out-of-State: ; $8,000 annually and $32,000 over four years**

*In order to receive the full scholarship, students must enroll full-time and maintain a 2.75 GPA. ** Out-of-State students must live on-campus for the first two-years to receive the full amount. We also offer the New England Board of Higher Education (NEHBE) tuition discounts.


 Apply for Other First-Year Scholarships:

  • Charles J. Hoff Scholarship: Awarded to incoming first-year students from Maine high schools and transfer students from the Maine Community College System. Preference will be given to graduates of York High School, and transfers from York County Community College. Consideration will also be given to immigrants and refugees, students from single-parent homes, and students with developmental or other learning disabilities. This award is renewable for a minimum of 2 additional years. Recipients are chosen based on academic promise and financial need. This scholarship is $3,000 per academic year. Click here to download the application form.
  • Award amounts correlate with residency status. First-year students who choose a major that relates to the New England Higher Board of Education (NEHBE/RSP) tuition rate, you will receive the in-state merit scholarship amount and the tuition discount. Please notes that changes in residency status may result in changes to original merit scholarship award amount. Transfer students are not eligible to receive these awards. (Transfer student is defined as any student who has attended any postsecondary institution after the summer following their graduation from high school and beyond).