Office of Undergraduate Admission

First-Year Student Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarships

The Office of Undergraduate Admission at USM offers several scholarships to students based on high school performance as of the end of the student's junior year. This criteria includes: HS-GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT scores. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S in order to receive this award. Consideration for these awards requires that students apply for fall admission by April 1, unless otherwise specified.This includes ALL application materials; see first-year student checklist for more information.

Once students are accepted to USM, they will receive an offer letter along with the terms and conditions for their merit-scholarship. For the best overall financial aid package, complete your FAFSA and USM application by February 15, 2015.

Below is a list of each scholarship award, students are eligible for one:

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: $16,000 over four years; $4,000 annually*
  • Non-Resident: $48,000 over four years; $12,000 annually*
  • Students who receive merit, must maintain a 2.75 GPA/full-time enrollment
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: $10,000 over four years; $2,500 annually*
  • Non-Resident: $40,000 over four years; $10,000 annually*
  • Students who receive merit, must maintain a 2.75 GPA/full-time enrollment
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: $7,000 over four years; $1,750 annually*
  • Non-Resident: $32,000 over four years; $8,000 annually*
  • Students who receive merit, must maintain a 2.75 GPA/full-time enrollment


 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. Download the Charles J. Hoff scholarship application form.
  • USM Pioneers Program: The USM Pioneers is a science, technology, engineering, and math scholars program. The next group of ten Pioneers for Fall 2014 will receive a generous scholarship package, undergraduate research opportunities, paid internships with Maine companies, premium housing in a learning community environment, faculty mentors, and networking opportunities with Maine businesses and government leaders. Pioneer applicants must be high school students, admitted into one of the following USM “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, General Science, Geosciences, Industrial Technology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Natural and Applied Sciences, Physics. Pioneers will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement, particularly in the areas of math and science. Download The USM Pioneers Program application form.For consideration, Pioneer Program applications and applications for Undergraduate Admission to USM must be received by February 12, 2015, and the FAFSA must be filed by February 15, 2014. For more information, please contact Michael Wing at mcwing@usm.maine.edu  or visit the USM Pioneers Web site.
  • Award amounts correlate with residency status. In-state students and residents receiving the New England Regional (RSP) tuition rate will both receive the in-state merit-based scholarship amount. Changes in residency status may result in changes to original 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).