Portland Press Herald Scholarship


This scholarship was established at the Maine Community Foundation (MCF) by the Portland Press Herald. In 2010, the University of Southern Maine (USM) was asked to choose the scholarship recipients and administer the program. 


An eligible recipient must be a high school graduate with a 2.5 GPA, Maine resident with demonstrated financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, and underrepresented either by being racially, or ethnically diverse or a first generation college student.

Award Amount

$1,000 - initial award which is renewable for up to 7 semesters. The renewal award may vary from the initial award.


Priority Deadline November 1

How to Apply

Application for Undergraduate Admission and FAFSA

How to Renew

Must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and full time enrollment.  Recipients may take a leave of absence for up to one year without defaulting on their scholarship. 


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.

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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