USM Scholarships

Herbert & Sally Carroll Payson Scholarship


Awarded preferably to an entering Maine state student with outstanding potential for musical performance and academic success. Established by the grandchildren of Herbert & Sally Carroll Payson


Student must be a music major, enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester.
Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.67.
Enroll in applied music and appropriate ensembles.



Award Amount



February 28

How to Apply

Faculty Nomination on the basis of student application to USM and their School of Music audition.

How to Renew

One year, renewable up to three additional years.


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.

Scholarship for NH and VT residents

Autumn on Peabody River

Every academically qualified student from New Hampshire and Vermont can attend USM for less than the cost of in-state tuition in their home states. Application deadline is April 1.

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Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships at USM

USM is proud to invest millions of dollars each year in merit scholarships for first-year and transfer students. When you apply to USM, you are automatically considered for these renewable scholarships.

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Maine residents: Apply for free

Maine residents Apply to USM for free

Maine residents can apply to USM for free for both undergraduate and graduate admission. If you have any questions please contact the Office of Admissions at 207-780-5670.

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