USM Scholarships

Jerry Bowder Scholarship


A four year scholarship awarded to an entering student with outstanding potential, both academically and musically. Preference is given to a student with an interest in composition. This scholarship was established by the School of Music in 1998 in honor of Professor Emeritus Jerry Bowder, a member of the music faculty for 37 years until his retirement in 1997.


Student must be a music major, enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester.
Preference given to, but not limited to a student interested in composition.
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

Not applicable


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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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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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 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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