ConnectED Pathways Scholarship


ConnectED Pathways is an innovative partnership between the University of Southern Maine and each of three community colleges:

  • Southern Maine Community College
  • Central Maine Community College
  • York County Community College

ConnectED Pathways provides students from selected academic programs at these community colleges a smooth and simple transfer path to compatible programs at USM upon completion of their associate degree.




  • Students admitted through the ConnectED Pathways program or have an Associates Degree from a Maine Community College and do not qualify for a merit scholarship of greater value.
  • Cannot be combined with other merit scholarships. Students are only eligible for one non-need based scholarship from USM.
  • Students who already earned a bachelors degree are not eligible for this scholarship.

Award Amount



At time of admission

How to Apply

All qualified incoming transfer students who complete a USM application — including your official college and high school transcripts if you have not earned an associates degree — and submit their FAFSA will be automatically considered.

How to Renew

  • Maintain full-time enrollment and a 2.5 GPA.
  • Students must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits per semester or 30 credits per academic year (including summer, fall, winter, spring terms).
  • Maintain full time enrollment.

Questions on renewal should be directed to Nancy Varin via email or call 207-780-5330.


Associate Director for Online Students
111 Abromson Community Education Center, Portland campus
Disclaimer: Be sure to read the criteria for individual scholarships carefully. Most scholarships have enrollment and GPA requirements. Award amounts may vary each year and are subject to fund availability. As an NCAA Division III school, USM is prohibited from awarding scholarships based on athletic participation.
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