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 per award, renewable for up to 3 additional years


Priority Deadline January 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. 


Scholarship and Financial Literacy Coordinator
101 Bailey Hall, Gorham
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.