USM’s new Promise Scholarship program is designed to help students overcome financial and academic barriers, remain in school, and graduate in four years with less debt, prepared to make their own contributions to Maine’s social and economic well-being.
The Promise Scholarship program is a partnership with Maine’s youth development organizations, which often serve Maine's underserved and low-income youth, and looks to them to recommend and refer strong candidates for admission to USM and for The Promise Scholarship.
2019 Promise Scholarship application and process will be available on January 1st.
- Demonstrate financial need, and
- be enrolled full-time with a minimum 15 credit hours per semester or 30 credit hours per year; some exceptions may be made with professional judgment; and
- be incoming or transfer undergraduate Maine residents, and
- maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA until graduation in order to be eligible for annual renewal for up to 3 years; some exceptions may be made with professional judgment,
- having a recommendation from a youth development organization
- being a first-generation college student
Recipients are highly encouraged to give back to the community through volunteer service, mentoring or supporting USM activities. Selection of the recipients shall be by USM's office of Enrollment Management, or other successor unit with equivalent duties.
How to Apply
- 2019 Promise Scholarship application and process will be available on January 1st.
- File electronic FAFSA application. Priority filing is January 15th.
- All admitted students to USM should fill out a Promise Scholarship Application on or before March 1st. The application will be available on January 1st at https://usm.maine.edu/scholarships.
- Selections for the Promise Scholarship will be made in March and all applicants will be notified on or before April 1st.
- Recipients must select to attend USM by paying the enrollment deposit on or before the candidate response date of May 1st.
How to Renew
Recipients will receive renewable awards for up to four years as long as they maintain a 3.0 GPA (some exceptions can be made with professional judgement). Recipients are highly encouraged to give back to the community through volunteer service, mentoring, or supporting USM activities.