Muskie School of Public Service

Annual Scholarships

Annual scholarships are an opportunity to give a yearly gift to the Muskie School and sustain our scholarship program. There are three scholarships for which funds are raised annually. These funds can be designated to the Muskie School through the USM Annual Fund.

  • Donald E. Nicoll Annual Scholarship
  • Peter Feeney Alumni Annual Scholarship
  • Muskie General Annual Scholarship

Donald E. Nicoll Annual Scholarship

The Muskie School 's Board of Visitors established the Donald E. Nicoll Annual Scholarship, open to all incoming Muskie graduate students, to honor the public service of Don Nicoll. If you are interested in contributing to the Nicoll Annual Scholarship, please visit How to Make a Gift.

The Award

This annual scholarship award is for full time students and covers tuition for one to two years. The award is given to incoming graduate students with a strong academic profile and demonstrated interest in public service. Currently, the Muskie School's Board of Visitors provides the lead gifts for this scholarship.

Donald Nicoll

This scholarship has been established in honor of Don Nicoll, a longtime Muskie School Board of Visitors and dedicated public servant to the state of Maine for over 50 years. A graduate of Colby College with a Master's in History from Pennsylvania State University, Don Nicoll began his career as a journalist. After serving as staff to the Maine Democratic Party, Don moved to Washington as a top assistant first to Congressman (subsequently Judge) Frank M. Coffin and then to Senator Edmund S. Muskie. Don remained a close advisor and friend throughout Senator Muskie's life. Don served as coordinator and then vice president for planning and public affairs at Maine Medical Center. His volunteer activities have impacted government services, health services, higher education, international relations, and telecommunications. Don was also the 2000 recipient of the Edmund S. Muskie Access to Justice Award.


The Peter Feeney Alumni Annual Scholarship

The Alumni, strong advocates for scholarships, named this scholarship in honor of their fellow Muskie graduate Peter Feeney who died in 1999. If you are interested in contributing to the Peter Feeney Alumni Annual Scholarship, please visit How to Make a Gift.

The Award

The Feeney Alumni Scholarships are for matriculated Muskie students who show financial need, have maintained a strong academic record and exhibit a demonstrated commitment to public service. A representative from the Muskie School Alumni Association participates on the reviews committee which makes awards averaging $1,000 - $2,000.

The annual fund is an opportunity to give a yearly gift to the Muskie School and sustain our scholarship program.

Peter Feeney

A graduate of Cheverus High School, Feeney attended Catholic University in Washington D.C. While attending college he worked as an intern for U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell. Feeney became one of the youngest ever Cumberland County commissioners when he was elected to the three-member board at age 22. Feeney also served as vice chairman of the South Portland Democratic City Committee, delegate to the State Democratic Committee and served on the board of the Cumberland County Civic Center. He ran Portland's Preble Street Resource Center soup kitchen for two years, and was a counselor for Dirigo Boys State. Feeney's death at age 25 left a mark on the Muskie School and in May 2000 he was posthumously awarded a master's degree in public policy and management.


Muskie General Annual Scholarship in honor of  Carlene Goldman

The Muskie General Annual Scholarship is supported by friends, faculty and staff to provide financial assistance to students at the Muskie School. This scholarship was created to help recruit top quality students to the Muskie program and provide assistance to continuing students to support them during their studies. If you are interested in contributing to the Muskie General Scholarship, please visit How to Make a Gift.

The Award

This annual scholarship award is for matriculated incoming or continuing students who show financial need, have a strong academic record and exhibit a demonstrated commitment to public service. The award provides financial assistance for one year. Since 2011, this scholarship has been given in honor of Carlene Goldman, director of student affairs at the school for 15 years, in recognition of her many contributions.

Carlene Goldman

Carlene, the former director of student affairs at the Muskie School, truly was the glue that held the school together. Throughout her time at the School, she played a vital role in advising prospective students, welcoming incoming students - - negotiating any of the myriad issues a student might encounter – and then preparing them for graduation. She encouraged and supported the Muskie student organization and the alumni organization, and kept in touch with graduates long after they left school.