College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences to Award Academic Honors, Scholarships

April 18, 2013

Contact: Jeanne Curran, (207) 780-4198

PORTLAND, Maine – Some 88 University of Southern Maine (USM) students will be honored next week with academic awards and scholarships when the USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHS) holds its annual Student Recognition Day.

This year, the college is giving away more scholarships to more students, according to CAHS officials. In addition to a total of $61,800 in scholarships, 15 academic awards will be presented to students during the ceremony, they said.

“Our college Recognition Day is the time when faculty and administrators can honor the outstanding academic achievement of our CAHS students,” Lynn Kuzma, CAHS dean, said. “We are delighted that we can present these awards and scholarships to such highly qualified USM scholars. They are well deserved.”

Joining Kuzma in congratulating the students during the awards ceremony will be USM President Theodora J. Kalikow and USM Provost Michael R. Stevenson.

The details of the traditional awards ceremony are:

  • USM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Annual Student Recognition Day; 1:15 p.m., musical prelude; 1:30 p.m., presentations; reception immediately following at the USM Art Gallery; Tuesday, April 23, Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham campus; the public is invited to attend.

The awards and scholarships are given in recognition of academic achievement, with recipients nominated by the college faculty. The scholarship funding this year has increased because of a very generous $25,000 donation by the Warren Memorial Foundation, which supports and celebrates the arts and education. Four theater students, three arts students and three music students will each receive the $2,500 scholarship, CAHS officials said.

Another notable scholarship is the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Dean’s Scholarship, which four students will receive. The scholarship is provided by the CAHS Advisory Board and other donors. The scholarship, up to $2,000, is renewable for one year if the recipient maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or higher while enrolled in a minimum of six credits each semester.

The Gateway Mastering Studio Scholarship will go to two students, each receiving $1,000. The scholarship was established in 1994 through the Maine Business for USM Scholars Program and is awarded each year to students majoring in music.

The Maine Association of Broadcasters Scholarship, a sum of $1,000, is selected by the CAHS Communication/Media Studies Department. The scholarship goes to a student who is a Maine resident and who intends to pursue a career in broadcasting.

This year’s ceremony will begin with a musical prelude on piano, presented by Warren McPherson, a graduating senior in the School of Music from Jamaica. Dean Kuzma will welcome guests and students, and Wil Kilroy, CAHS professor of theater, will give the address. A reception at the USM Art Gallery will follow the award presentations.

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