USM Scholarships

Blackwood Family Scholarship


Distinguished USM alumni Bob Blackwood MA '78 BS '82 and Jill Blackwood MA '83 desire to create a lasting scholarship which will benefit graduates of South Portland High School. The scholarship is open to all applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, veteran status or disability.


The scholarship will be available to students who have been accepted for admission or are enrolled at the University of Southern Maine. Scholarships will be awarded to graduates of South Portland High School, South Portland, Maine. The student awarded this scholarship shall have demonstrated successful academic performance with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Award Amount

$1,600 renewable for up to 7 semesters


February 15

How to Apply

Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA

How to Renew

Maintain a 2.50 GPA and full-time enrollment. 


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.

Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships at USM

USM is proud to invest millions of dollars each year in merit scholarships for first-year and transfer students. When you apply to USM, you are automatically considered for these renewable scholarships.

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