USM Scholarships

Ethel Noyes Mortensen Scholarship


This endowed scholarship was established at the University of Southern Maine Foundation in 2006, with proceeds from the Estate of Donald N. Mortensen. The Fund is named for Mr. Mortensen's mother Ethel, who was a nurse and 1899 graduate of Deering High School (DHS). The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarship support for students in the School of Nursing (SON). The USM School of Nursing offers a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BS) degree.



Eligible students must be admitted to or enrolled in the School of Nursing BS program. Preference will be given first to graduating students from Deering High School entering USM, second to students currently enrolled who were DHS graduates, third to transfer students who were DHS graduates and then to first year students from other high schools. 

Award Amount

$6,000, depending on available funds, renewable for up to 7-semesters.


February 15

How to Apply

Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA.

How to Renew

2.75 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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