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USM receives $5 million gift from the Crewe Foundation to fund Center for the Arts

The University of Southern Maine Foundation has received a $5 million gift from the Crewe Foundation to support construction of a future Center for the Arts on the University’s Portland campus. The gift will benefit a signature program of excellence, the USM School of Music, as well as the visual arts program.
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USM launches new innovation fellowship with support from entrepreneur and USM alum David E. Shaw ’76G, ’15H

Five one-year fellowships will be awarded to USM graduate students whose projects demonstrate bold and innovative approaches to solving human, environmental, economic and societal problems of the 21st century and beyond.

USM receives $100,000 from Hannaford Supermarkets to help support diversity and equity in educational opportunities

USM will use the $100,000 donation from Hannaford for its Access to Education Fund, which focuses on creating a diverse student body by helping members of traditionally underrepresented groups, first generation college students, students of diverse backgrounds or students coming to Maine from an international location, such as asylum seekers. The donation will fully fund the scholarship for two years and is anticipated to help a total of 24 students access higher education opportunities.

USM announces $8.8 million milestone reached for Promise Scholarship

Over the past three years, more than $8.8 million has been raised for Promise, including over $7.5 million needed to endow the USM Promise Scholarship in perpetuity.
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Gift from Androscoggin Bank supports USM’s Promise Scholarship program

The University of Southern Maine Foundation has received a generous gift of $25,000 from Lewiston-based Androscoggin Bank to help young Mainers with high potential but limited means to pursue their college aspirations.

USM announces $1 Million Promise Scholarship Challenge

On Thursday, September 24, President Cummings announced an unprecedented matching gift challenge to fully endow the Promise Scholarship program to benefit future generations of Maine students with high academic potential but limited financial means. The Promise matching gift challenge comes at a critical moment when scholarship support for higher education is more essential than ever.
Opening Breakfast 2020


In his 2020 Virtual Opening Breakfast, President Cummings outlined an exciting and transformative vision for the future of the University of Southern Maine. Learn more when you download the president's five-year plan .
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USM Foundation Earns Double Recognition for Fundraising Excellence

The USM Foundation received two 2020 Circle of Excellence awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In a rare distinction, the Foundation was recognized for both Overall Performance and Overall Improvement in its category.
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University Credit Union is 2020 Exceptional Community Partner

University of Southern Maine (USM) President Glenn Cummings announced today that University Credit Union (UCU) is the 2020 recipient of the USM Exceptional Community Partner Award. The annual award honors an employer partner or organization that has gone above and beyond to support the University and its mission of academic excellence and accessibility. UCU has deep roots in higher education, providing dedicated support to Maine’s public universities for more than 50 years.
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$2.5 Million in public and private investment will transform nursing at USM

The University of Southern Maine is poised to increase the capacity of its School of Nursing, thanks to an investment of $2.5 million in public and private funds. With this investment, the university will double the size of its nursing simulation space over the next five years, helping to address Maine's critical nursing gap. The planned expansion will be funded by $1.5 million in bond money and an additional $1 million from the Boyne family, which will enable USM to fully build out a new 2,000 SF simulation center – the future Boyne Family Advanced Nursing Simulation Lab.