Office of Undergraduate Admission

Other Scholarships

The Office of Undergraduate Admission manages dozens of scholarships including: International Merit Scholarships, the Osher Reentry Scholarship as well as the Lewiston-Auburn College (LAC) scholarship page. See below for details:

International Student Merit Scholarship 2015-2016

USM offers several International Student Merit Scholarships. All eligible incoming first-year and transfer students who apply by April 1 are are automatically considered for this award. 

Canadian Resident - International Merit Scholarship - $5,000 per year for tuition  Additional $2,000 per year if you live on-campus *

Non-Canadian Resident- International Merit Scholarship - $10, 000 per year for tuition  Additional $2,000 per year if you live on-campus *

 To be eligible, students must have a completed application (including all required materials) by April 1. In addition to the application, all international students must meet the following criteria:

  • Meet and maintain all eligibility criteria required of international students studying in the United States under the terms of an F-1 student visa.
  • Continuous, full-time enrollment (fall and spring semesters, at least 12 credit hours—15 credit hours recommended) for the duration of F-1 student status, estimated to be 4 years.
  • Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for each academic year.
  • Maintain sufficient academic progress toward chosen program of study.

For more information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission, (207)-780-5670

1-800-800-4USM ext. 5670
TTY (207)780-5646

Osher Reentry Scholarship 

The Osher Reentry Scholars Fund was established at the University of Southern Maine Foundation to benefit the University of Southern Maine in 2009 by the Bernard Osher Foundation.  Scholarship recipients will be known as Osher Reentry Scholars.

The amount of this scholarship is not to exceed $5,000 per student, per award cycle (12 months) and are to be applied to tuition fees exclusively.  Students may re-apply each year if all criteria continue to be met.

  1. Students have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of 5 or more years
  2. Students are at the undergraduate level and pursuing their first baccalaureate degree, either full or part-time (minimum enrollment of 6 credit hours per semester).
  3. At least 50% of credit hours must be earned in traditional classroom courses (not on-line) in any semester.  On-line courses are allowed, provided they don’t exceed 50% of the total credit hours in any semester.
  4. Students anticipate participation in the workforce for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation and are ideally between the ages of 25-50.
  5. Demonstrated financial need, not necessarily on their FAFSA
  6. Academic promise and commitment to obtaining their degree

To apply,click here. Then send your application to USM Undergraduate Admission.

Applications for the Spring 2015 semester are due by December 22 
Applications for the Fall 2015 semester are due by June 5

For more information, please contact Undergraduate Admission at (207)780-5670 or


University of Maine System Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund

These scholarships are for adult students returning to college after an absence of three years or more, who are completing their very first baccalaureate degree. This scholarship will be a continuing scholarship that recipients—including working adults—will be able to receive for up to four years.
There are three opportunities for students to apply: May 8, August 1 and December 1. Applications can be found here.

Applicants must meet the following criteria in order to receive the scholarship:

  • Must be a matriculated student at a UMS institution seeking a first baccalaureate degree.
  • Must be a resident of the state of Maine.
  • Must be an undergraduate reentry student who has experienced a gap (three years or more) in the pursuit of post-secondary education at any institution. Students who returned to higher education beginning in Fall 2013 or more recently will be considered.
  • Must demonstrate financial need as determined by a completed FAFSA and/or statement outlining ability to pay/financial resources available for education.
  • Must be registered at least part time (6‐8 credits per semester (Fall and Spring) or 9‐12 credits total for the two semesters). Students enrolled in fewer credits will be considered on a case by case basis.

For questions about this scholarship, contact

Lewiston-Auburn College (LAC) Scholarships 2015-2016

There are no restrictions to the number of scholarships to which a student may apply or be nominated. Please review all requirements before applying for any scholarship.  For "Faculty Nominated" scholarships you should request that a faculty member nominate you. All faculty have been given the required paperwork to submit your nomination(s). Click here for details: LAC

The deadline to apply will be posted at the following website in early January 2015.


Community Banks of Androscoggin Scholarship

Available to part-time or full-time incoming freshman or transfer students who reside in Androscoggin County pursuing his/her first baccalaureate degree in a Lewiston-Auburn College major.

To apply, click here. Deadline to apply will be posted at the following website in early January 2015.

Dean's Scholarship

Available to part-time or full-time incoming freshman or transfer students who reside in Androscoggin County pursuing his/her first baccalaureate degree in a Lewiston-Auburn College major. Click here for more information.

For more information, please contact Jim Bradley at (207)753-6618 or

USM Scholarships By Department

Most scholarships for current USM students are managed through the Student Success Centers. There are a variety of general scholarships available for current students. Several departments within the University are also able to award scholarships. If you are a current student and want more information about scholarships, view the Scholarships and Finances page available at the Student Success Center.

Leadership Development Scholarship in Honors  (for USM Honors Program Students)

This renewable scholarship provides continuing support for USM Honors Program students who supplement their major course of study with this academically rigorous and tight-knit learning community.

For more information about the Praxis Award or Honors Program, please contact Beth Round at (207) 780-4189 or


Scholarship Eligibility when participating in an Exchange Program

Students who participate in reciprocal international exchange programs will still be eligible to receive their merit scholarships. A reciprocal exchange program is one in which students continue to pay USM tuition and fees. A list of these programs can be found at:
Continuing Eligibility requirements still apply during the semester(s) the student participates in the reciprocal exchange program. Merit scholars may complete their volunteer hours while away, or may wait until their return to USM.

Students who participate in non-reciprocal international or national exchange programs will not be eligible to receive these scholarship funds while away. However, several scholarships are offered for students participating in exchange programs. Once students have returned to full-time enrollment status in USM courses, they will regain their eligibility status for these scholarships as long as they meet the other continuing eligibility requirements.


Removal of Scholarship Funds

At the conclusion of each semester's Add/Drop Period, the Office of Student Financial Aid will remove scholarship funds for those students who are not registered for at least 12 credit hours.

At the completion of the academic year, the Office of Student Financial Aid removes scholarship funds for those students whose cumulative grade point average is below the scholarship's requirement.