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.
“As USM’s longtime partner, UCU has championed our students’ aspirations in the classroom and on the athletic fields, and are strongly committed to the well-being of our campus communities," said Cummings. "Recently, they made a donation to our critically needed Student Emergency Fund to help our students meet the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to honor them with the 2020 Exceptional Community Partner Award.”
For nearly two decades, UCU has provided USM Athletics with $10,000 yearly in additional funding for facilities improvement, equipment upgrades, special events, and other activities. Since 2007, their contributions have totaled more than $155,000, helping to support many important initiatives, including the construction of USM’s first all-weather playing surface at Hannaford Field.
For five consecutive years, UCU has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a student at USM and, through their “Ending Hunger Campaign,” they have sponsored a campus-based effort to raise funds for food pantries. In 2019, UCU donated more than $22,000 to food pantries on campuses throughout the University of Maine System, including USM.
With a branch adjacent to the Portland campus and a campus branch in the Brooks Dining Hall in Gorham, UCU provides USM students with convenient, local access to financial services. In addition, their UCU affinity card program provides direct, ongoing support to the University of Southern Maine Foundation.