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Author and Walgreens exec shares stories of kindness and generosity

Author and Walgreens executive Steve Pemberton helped launch USM's $15 million Promise Scholars initiative by sharing stories of kindness and generosity, cherished moments for an orphaned boy who was often neglected and discarded.
USM Pres Cummings with the McGoldricks and Steve Pemberton

USM unveils $15 million 'Promise Scholars' program to aid disadvantaged youths

"The Promise Scholarship is at the heart of USM's broader next-generation vision and campaign, and it is the core of who we are as a university," President Glenn Cummings said at the Oct. 2 announcement.
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USM Foundation launches ‘USM Connects’ magazine

The USM Foundation has launched a new magazine aimed at sharing some of the extraordinary images and stories among the campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston.
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USM to host author and Walgreens' diversity executive Steve Pemberton

Pemberton chronicled his childhood in the best-selling memoir, "A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home."
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Replay: 'The USM Update' 5/1/2017

On the season finale of "The USM Update," learn why "Thinking Matters" at USM, hear about journalism across the generations with alumnus Neil Genzlinger '77 of "The New York Times" and Krysteana Scribner, editor-in-chief of the USM Free Press, and get an update on the master plan process for all three campuses.
Environmental Science faculty and students receive check from Poland Spring rep

USM Environmental Science students' research and internships made possible by gift from Poland Spring®

Students from USM's Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) program will make use of the $25,000 gift from Poland Spring towards their educational efforts working on various environmental projects surrounding water, such as monitoring the Presumpscot and Saco River watersheds.
Ellen DeGeneres with Ekhlas Ahmed

'Ellen' embraces USM student's inspiring story

When Ellen DeGeneres began a segment of her TV show by reading an audience member's letter -- describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine as a 12-year-old girl -- USM's Ekhlas Ahmed bent over and buried her face in her hands. "I was going to scream so loudly, but I couldn't," Ahmed said. Moments later, DeGeneres ushered her onto the stage, interviewed her and presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.
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USM Corporate Partners' "Our Parks, Our Future" event sparks vibrant discussion

On Tuesday, January 31, USM Corporate Partners kicked off its 2017 event series with a full room for “Our Parks, Our Future: An Evening with David Evans Shaw, Shawn Gorman and Lucas St. Clair” at Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Center.

Day of Giving Celebration Success!

USM Foundation raises nearly $1.5M after setting $1M goal!
Reid and Dan Crewe

USM School of Music announces a $600,000 gift at President's 'Coming Home' Scholarship Gala

At the Dec. 2 President's Scholarship Gala, Reid Crewe, Director of Grants at the Bob Crewe Foundation, announced a gift of $500,000 in scholarship support for the School of Music and was quickly followed by Daniel Crewe's announcement of his personal commitment of $100,000, also for scholarships. These transformational gifts to support scholarships added to a record-breaking scholarship round held that evening and USM's recent Day of Giving, which raised nearly $1.5M for student scholarships.

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