The University of Southern Maine has named its 2012-2013 recipients of the National Science Foundation STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Scholarships.
The scholarships are made possible thanks to $592,000 in support from the National Science Foundation, and additional funding from USM. This year, 19 incoming freshmen students and transfers from Maine Community Colleges who have met academic and financial criteria have been awarded up to $5,000 in scholarship funds.
Scholarships will be made available for all four years at USM, provided students make satisfactory academic progress. Transfer student scholarships are for 3 years.
The scholarship program is designed to improve educational opportunities for academically talented and financially needy incoming freshmen students and transfers who are interested in STEM careers in Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, and Technology Management.
Nineteen students are enrolled at USM this fall but when fully implemented, the program will improve educational opportunities for up to 41 incoming USM freshmen and community college transfer students.
"This NSF support has opened up new opportunities for deserving Maine students who want to study the sciences, technology, engineering or math," said Dr. Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, USM's associate vice president for research, scholarship, and creative activity, and professor of environmental science.
USM's partner high schools in the scholarship program include Casco Bay, Deering and Portland High Schools in Portland, South Portland High School and Bonny Eagle High School in Standish. The partnership also includes Central Maine, Southern Maine and York County Community Colleges.
The students who received STEM scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year are listed below. (Editor’s Note: We were unable to obtain hometown information on all recipients. Those who agreed to share hometown information are listed below; photographs were not available for each student.)
Matthew George Payeur, son of Arthur and Renee Payeur of Buxton, graduated from Bonny Eagle High School in Standish in 2012. He is currently enrolled in USM’s mechanical engineering program.
Ashley Rouxia, daughter of Terry Roux of Buxton, is a 2012 graduate of Bonney Eagle High School in Standish. Roux is attending USM as an engineering student.
Amy Webb, daughter of Debra and Charles Webb of Dresden, graduated from Wiscasset High School in 2001. She transferred from SMCC and began attending USM as an environmental science student this past fall.
Aaron L. Vail, son of Lisa Chirnitch of Durham and Corey Vail of Clinton, graduated from Pine Tree Academy in Freeport in 2009. Vail transferred from SMCC to USM and is now majoring in technology management.
Sarah Sweatt, daughter of Kimberly and Denis Sweatt, graduated from Bonney Eagle High School in Standish in 2012. Sweatt is attending USM as an environmental science major.
Justin Hayes, son of Mark and Lyla Hayes of Plymouth, graduated from Nokomis Regional High School in Newport in 2002. He then graduated from Colby College in 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in English. Hayes is now enrolled in USM’s computer science program.
Corey Bryant, a 2001 graduate from Edward Little High School in Auburn, transferred this past fall to USM’s environmental science program. He previously attended the University of Tampa in Florida.
Brian Libby, son of Theresa Libby, graduated from Deering High School in Portland in 2012. He is currently enrolled in USM’s engineering program.
Shuan Mahmoodi, son of Manochehr Mahmoodi and Farahnaz Bairamzad of Portland, transferred to USM from SMCC this past fall. He is enrolled in the computer science program.
Mladen Markovic, son of Zdravko and Radmila Markovic of Portland, graduated from Deering High School in Portland in 2012. He is currently enrolled in USM’s computer science program.
Margaret E. H. Welch, daughter of Jerome and Elizabeth Howell and wife of Paul Welch, graduated from Webb City High School in Missouri in 2003. She transferred to USM from SMCC and is now enrolled in USM’s environmental science program.
Louis Loysdon, husband of Mandy James of Steep Falls, graduated from Biddeford High School in 1996. He transferred to USM this past fall from SMCC and is now majoring in technology management.