USM Scholarships

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Nearly $5 million in scholarship support

At USM, we provide scholarship aid to support our students, including first-year applicants, transfer students, continuing undergraduates, graduate students, and returning adults.

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid you don’t have to repay later. So explore your options. You'll graduate ready to earn more — and owe less!

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The information provided on this page will help you determine how to take advantage of scholarship opportunities at USM.

A number of scholarship selections are made by faculty nomination — so get to know your professors! They are an important information resource for College- and School-sponsored scholarships as well as other opportunities related to your field of study.

Scholarships for First-Year Applicants

We offer generous Admission Scholarships for both in-state and out-of-state first-year applicants. When you apply to USM, you will be automatically considered for applicable scholarship awards. Remember, for your best financial aid package, complete your USM application and FAFSA by February 15.

Please see individual scholarship pages for full eligibility requirements. Links open in a new browser tab.

Scholarship General Eligibility Award Deadline
President's Scholar » Merit Scholarship. All qualified incoming first-year students are automatically considered. Annual Award Range $4,000 to $12,000 April 1
Dirigo Scholar » Merit Scholarship. All qualified incoming first-year students are automatically considered. Annual Award Range $2,500 to $10,000 April 1
USM Scholar  » Merit Scholarship. All qualified incoming first-yearstudents who apply are automatically considered. Annual Award Range $1,750 to $8,000 April 1
Adams Family Scholarship » Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA Varies February 15
Allan C. Rodway '73 Memorial Scholarship » This scholarship will be offered to graduates from any Maine high school. Varies February 15
Anne R. Henry Scholarship » Music major. Demonstrated financial need Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Bertha Bridges Willis and Ralph "Rusty" Willis scholarship » Application to undergraduate admission and FAFSA. Varies February 15
Blackwood Family Scholarship » Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA $1,600 renewable for up to 7 semesters February 15
Bob Crewe Foundation Music Scholarship » Music major enrolled full time. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67. Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Demonstrated financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA Varies. Seven awards of $1000 were given in 2014-15 mid-February
Community Banks of Androscoggin County Scholarship » Must be matriculated in a Lewiston-Auburn College undergraduate degree program and reside in Androscoggin County, Maine. $1,000.00 Renewable each year for a total of four years and $4,000.00 February 15
Dorothy L. Snowman Scholarship for Teaching » Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA Dependent on income from endowment. February 15
Dr. and Mrs. Newell A. Augur, Jr. Scholarship » Music major. Maine State resident Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Dr. Francis L. Bailey scholarship » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA Varies. February 15
Edith Speziali Music Scholarship » Music major. Maine state resident. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Elizabeth B. Woodwell '75 Fund for Maine students in the School of Business » Application to undergraduate admission and FAFSA $1,000 per award, renewable up to 7 semesters. February 15
Elizabeth S. Hagar Endowed Music Scholarship » Music major. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Ellen Chickering Music Scholarship » Music vocal major. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Ethel Noyes Mortensen Scholarship » Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA $6,000, depending on available funds, renewable for up to 7-semesters. February 15
Hagge Family Scholarship » Eligible students must be a Maine resident, enrolled or planning to enroll full-time, pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and have financial need. Current students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, incoming students must have at least a B average in science and math and demonstrate academic promise. Varies January 30
Herbert & Sally Carroll Payson Scholarship » Music major. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Hervey A. Hanscom » Application for undergraduate Admission and FAFSA Varies. February 15
Honors Leadership Development Scholarship » Minimum enrollment of six credits per semester GPA of 3.5 or higher Good standing in the Honors Program Completion of service hours $750 per semester February 25
Jack Eagleson Scholarship » Eligible students will be a Maine resident with preference given to those interested in environmental safety and health, who are enrolled in a degree program within CSTH. Incoming first year students must have demonstrated financial need, and be enrolled full-time. Transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 are eligible for consideration. $2,000, renewable for up to 3 years. January 30
Jerry Bowder Scholarship » Music major. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
John R. Babine Memorial Scholarship » Application to Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA Varies February 15
Lucille T. Laliberte Working Mother Scholarship » Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA Award amount varies and is renewable for up to 7 semesters. February 15
Mabel Stuart Daveis Scholarship Fund » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA Varies February 15
Madeline D. Giguere Scholarship » Must be enrolled in, or applying to, a degree program at Lewiston-Auburn College. Must be enrolled in at least 6 credits in each semester that scholarship is awarded. $1,000 February 27
Madelyn Ulmer Scholarship » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA $2,500. Renewable for up to 7 semesters. February 15
Michael E. Dubyak Scholarship » Eligible students must be a Maine resident who is pursuing a career in the field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Full tuition for one year (full scholarship with no other financial aid, or the difference between financial aid and the cost of tuition and fees). January 30
Music Merit Scholarship » Music major. Audition completed by February 28. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Music Talent Scholarship » Music major. Audition completed by February 28. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Nora and Grace Nason Scholarship Fund » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA Varies February 15
Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA Not to exceed $5,000 per student, per award cycle (12 months) and are to be applied to tuition exclusively. Dec 4th for Spring and June 10 for Fall
Pond Family Foundation Scholarship » Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA First year - up to $1,250. Subsequent years will be based on available funds. Renewable up to 7 semesters. February 15
Portland Press Herald Scholarship » Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA $1,000 - initial award which is renewable for up to 7 semesters. The renewal award may vary from the initial award. February 15
Roberta and Joseph A. Zinni Music Scholarship » Music major. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
The Lunder Foundation Scholarship » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA Varies February 15
USM Alumni Association Scholarship » Recipients must be sons, grandsons, daughters and granddaughters or spouses of alumni. Recipients will be chosen using USM's Alumni Scholarship Application. Varies April 1
USM President's LAC Scholarship » The funds shall be used for scholarship support for a student nominated by their high school principal, intending to enroll at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to Androscoggin County residents. Selection shall be made by the Office of Admissions. Varies. February 15
WEX Scholarship » Eligible students must be a Maine resident who is pursuing a career in the field of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Varies January 30

Scholarships for Continuing Undergraduates

USM offers scholarships to help current students reduce the cost of their college education. Many scholarships require an application; others are awarded by faculty nomination. Explore the options below to find scholarships that may be relevant to your academic or research goals.

Scholarships are made available for any programs with students currently enrolled. Please see individual scholarship pages for full eligibility requirements. Links open in a new browser tab.

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Scholarships for Transfer Students

If you are considering a transfer to USM, there are a number of scholarships that may be right for you. These scholarships are available to any student who has attended a post-secondary institution directly after graduating from high school. Review the scholarships described below to determine your eligibility.

Please see individual scholarship pages for full eligibility requirements. Links open in a new browser tab.

Scholarship General Eligibility Award Deadline
Adult Degree Completion Scholarship » Eligible students include those who are matriculated in degree programs, demonstrate financial need, and have had at least a 3 year gap in education. Students must also have earned a minimum of 30-college credits before applying to this scholarship. up to $4,000 per academic year August 1st for Fall, November 15th for Spring
Anne R. Henry Scholarship » Music major. Demonstrated financial need Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Bank of America Scholarship » Applicant must be a Maine resident; Enrolled in the School of Business on a full-time basis (minimum 12 credit hours); Will graduate no sooner than December of the academic year funds are received; Must be in good academic standing; Must meet income qualification. $2000 February 16
Bob Crewe Foundation Music Scholarship » Music major enrolled full time. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67. Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Demonstrated financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA Varies. Seven awards of $1000 were given in 2014-15 mid-February
Boyne Foundation Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Brian C. Hodgkin Dean's Scholarship » Eligible students must be enrolled in a major in Applied Medical Science, Engineering, Technology, or Environmental Science and Policy. Maintain a grade point average in good academic standing, and have financial need. $1,000 January 30
Community Banks of Androscoggin County Scholarship » Must be matriculated in a Lewiston-Auburn College undergraduate degree program and reside in Androscoggin County, Maine. $1,000.00 Renewable each year for a total of four years and $4,000.00 February 15
Construction Management Scholarship » Eligible students must be enrolled in the Construction Management program, have a demonstrated financial need, be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours while receiving the scholarship, a minimum GPA of 3.0 or above, and demonstrate excellence in their major. $500 January 30
Dean John W. Bay Scholarship » Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or better required; Enrolled in a minimum of 6 USM credits when funds are received; Will graduate no sooner than December of the academic year funds are received; Exhibits leadership through volunteerism in University, School of Business, and/or community organizations. $1,500 February 16
Dr. and Mrs. Newell A. Augur, Jr. Scholarship » Music major. Maine State resident Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Dr. Harlan Philippi Memorial Scholarship » Must be matriculated in an undergraduate Lewiston-Auburn College major and have completed a minimum of 30 credits. $250 February 27
E. June Clark and Irene Watson Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Edith Speziali Music Scholarship » Music major. Maine state resident. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Electa "Lecky" McLain Brown Scholarship » Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or better required; Enrolled in a minimum of 6 USM credits when funds are received; Will graduate no sooner than December of the academic year funds are received; Preference given to those with demonstrated need as evidenced by the FAFSA; Graduated from a Maine high school. $3,500 February 16
Elizabeth S. Hagar Endowed Music Scholarship » Music major. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Gorman Scholars Undergraduate Fund » Application to undergraduate admission and FAFSA. Maine residents. $5,000 per year, renewable for up to 3 years. June 10
Hagge Family Scholarship » Eligible students must be a Maine resident, enrolled or planning to enroll full-time, pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics and have financial need. Current students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, incoming students must have at least a B average in science and math and demonstrate academic promise. Varies January 30
Helen D. '85 and Waldeck E. Mainville Jr. Scholarship » Eligible students must be junior or senior mathematics majors (graduating seniors not eligible). Preference will be given to students who desire to enter the teaching profession. Financial need and academic standing will be considered when selecting the student. $750 January 30
Herbert & Sally Carroll Payson Scholarship » Music major. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Honors Leadership Development Scholarship » Minimum enrollment of six credits per semester GPA of 3.5 or higher Good standing in the Honors Program Completion of service hours $750 per semester February 25
Jack Eagleson Scholarship » Eligible students will be a Maine resident with preference given to those interested in environmental safety and health, who are enrolled in a degree program within CSTH. Incoming first year students must have demonstrated financial need, and be enrolled full-time. Transfer students with a GPA of 3.0 are eligible for consideration. $2,000, renewable for up to 3 years. January 30
John Dodge Memorial Scholarship » Eligible students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be a declared major in Applied Technical Leadership, Technology Management, or a related field. $2,000 January 30
Katherine L. Cross '70 Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
L-A Bridge Scholarship Fund » Recipients must be residents of Lewiston or Auburn, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a demonstrated financial need. $750 February 15
Leon and Lisa Gorman Scholarship » Completed Leon and Lisa Gorman Scholarship application, application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA. $1,500 in the first year. Renewable for $1,000 in the second year. June 10
Lucille T. Laliberte Working Mother Scholarship » Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA Award amount varies and is renewable for up to 7 semesters. February 15
Mabel G. Skillin Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Mabel Stuart Daveis Scholarship Fund » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA Varies February 15
Madeline D. Giguere Scholarship » Must be enrolled in, or applying to, a degree program at Lewiston-Auburn College. Must be enrolled in at least 6 credits in each semester that scholarship is awarded. $1,000 February 27
Madelyn Ulmer Scholarship » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA $2,500. Renewable for up to 7 semesters. February 15
Marjorie Roscoe Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Martha M. Skoner Memorial Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Michael E. Dubyak Scholarship » Eligible students must be a Maine resident who is pursuing a career in the field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Full tuition for one year (full scholarship with no other financial aid, or the difference between financial aid and the cost of tuition and fees). January 30
Mildred A. Roche Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated full time junior or senior Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Music Merit Scholarship » Music major. Audition completed by February 28. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Music Talent Scholarship » Music major. Audition completed by February 28. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
NiSource Charitable Foundation Scholarship » Students must be enrolled in a major in Applied Medical Science, Computer Science, Technology, Environmental Science and Policy, completed at least 30 credits towards their major of which 15 have been completed at USM. Must be registered for at least 6 credit hours during the semester of the award, and have at least a GPA of 3.0 $500 January 30
Nora and Grace Nason Scholarship Fund » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA Varies February 15
Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA Not to exceed $5,000 per student, per award cycle (12 months) and are to be applied to tuition exclusively. Dec 4th for Spring and June 10 for Fall
Pathways Scholar Award » All qualified incoming transfer students are automatically considered. Annual Award Range $2,500 to $8,000 April 1
Patricia A. Geary Memorial Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Phi Theta Kappa scholarship » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA. Applying for fall admission (preferred) The minimum award is $500 per semester July 1
Pond Family Foundation Scholarship » Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA First year - up to $1,250. Subsequent years will be based on available funds. Renewable up to 7 semesters. February 15
President's Transfer Scholar » All qualified incoming transfer students are automatically considered. Annual Award Range $4,000 to $12,000 April 1
Robert W. Berry Memorial Scholarship » Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or better required; Enrolled in a minimum of 6 USM credits when funds are received; Will graduate no sooner than December of the academic year funds are received. $1,500 February 16
Roberta and Joseph A. Zinni Music Scholarship » Music major. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67 Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles. Varies. February 28
Sandra T. Scully Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for continuing students and April 1 for Option & Accelerated students starting in May each yearJanuary 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
School of Nursing Scholarship Fund » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Systems Engineering Scholarship » Eligible students must be Maine residents, at a Junior level standing or higher, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 GPA and a declared major in Information Science or a related field. $1,000 - $2,000 January 30
Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship » Student majoring in Tourism and Hospitality. Varies February 1
Viola M. Palmacci Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated junior, senior or graduate student in good standing. Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
WEX Scholarship » Eligible students must be a Maine resident who is pursuing a career in the field of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Varies January 30
Women's Board of Maine General Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September

Scholarships for Graduate Students

There are several scholarship opportunities for both new and returning graduate students offered by the Office of Graduate Studies, as well as college- and department-specific scholarships. Review the options below for general eligibility information.

Scholarships are made available for any programs with students currently enrolled. Please see individual scholarship pages for full eligibility requirements. Links open in a new browser tab.

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Scholarships for Adult Students Returning to College

If you are an incoming student returning to school to complete your undergraduate degree, there are several scholarship opportunities that are specific to degree completion. Explore the options below to determine your eligibility for a USM or University of Maine System scholarship.

Please see individual scholarship pages for full eligibility requirements. Links open in a new browser tab.

Scholarship General Eligibility Award Deadline
Adult Degree Completion Scholarship » Eligible students include those who are matriculated in degree programs, demonstrate financial need, and have had at least a 3 year gap in education. Students must also have earned a minimum of 30-college credits before applying to this scholarship. up to $4,000 per academic year August 1st for Fall, November 15th for Spring
Boyne Foundation Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
E. June Clark and Irene Watson Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Mabel G. Skillin Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Martha M. Skoner Memorial Nursing Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment » Application for undergraduate admission and FAFSA Not to exceed $5,000 per student, per award cycle (12 months) and are to be applied to tuition exclusively. Dec 4th for Spring and June 10 for Fall
Patricia A. Geary Memorial Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
School of Nursing Scholarship Fund » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September
Women's Board of Maine General Scholarship » Matriculated Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing students Varies January 30 for current Nursing students, April 1 for students expecting to matriculate to Nursing in May or September

Special Interest Scholarships

A number of special interest scholarships have been established for USM students who are affiliated with specific places, families, companies or organizations.

External Scholarships

In addition to scholarships provided by USM, there are many external scholarship opportunities provided by state, national and global organizations. Links to a number of programs are provided for your convenience. Please note: that USM is not responsible for external scholarship program information or the selection of award recipients.

Disclaimer: Be sure to read the criteria for individual scholarships carefully. Most scholarships have enrollment and GPA requirements. Award amounts may vary each year and are subject to fund availability. As an NCAA Division III school, USM is prohibited from awarding scholarships based on athletic participation.