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Columnist Bill Nemitz showcases USM's commitment to providing access to education for all

Washima Fairoz

In light of a massive college admissions bribery scheme currently making headlines nationwide, Portland Press Herald columnist Bill Nemitz has written a piece highlighting the University of Southern Maine’s (USM’s) commitment to helping students from all backgrounds afford a college education.

Nemitz has written about the Promise Scholarship, a collaborative effort between the USM Foundation and benefactors Richard and Carolyn McGoldrick of Scarborough. Working with youth development organizations across Maine, the fund helps identify disadvantaged youth who dream of attending college and awards them $5,000 annual scholarships for each of the four years they attend USM.

The $15 million Promise Scholarship initiative was announced in fall 2017. So far, some 50 donors have pledged or contributed upwards of $6 million. The hope is for the endowment to fund 20 new scholarships each year. 

In his piece, Nemitz profiles first-year USM student Washima Fairoz, who came to Biddeford from Bangladesh with her parents and sister when she was 11.

Now, with help of the Promise Scholarship, Fairoz is studying health sciences with hopes of one day being a dentist.

“My passion is to give myself for the others,” Fairoz told Nemitz.

Read the full article at the Portland Press Herald.