Promise Scholarship


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.


  • Student will apply for fall 2018 admissions to USM and will be admitted as an undergraduate first-year or transfer student.
  • If awarded the scholarship, the student will enroll at USM full-time with a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester and/or take 30 credits per year (can use winter and summer terms to reach 30 credits).
  • Students must be a Maine resident or meet State of Maine residency requirements.
  • Student must show demonstrated financial need and if eligible the student must submit the FAFSA.
  • Preferably, scholarship applicants shall have a recommendation from a youth development organization and be a first-generation college student.

Award Amount

Up to half of USM tuition, or awards to cover fees, books, room & board or other costs to bridge gaps in financial aid, renewable up to four years.


March 1st.

How to Apply

    2019 Promise Scholarship application and process will be available on January 1st.
  1. File electronic FAFSA application. Priority filing is January 15th.
  2. 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
  3. Selections for the Promise Scholarship will be made in March and all applicants will be notified on or before April 1st.
  4. 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.


Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
124D Wishcamper Center - Portland Campus
(207) 780 - 4770
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.