Honors Leadership Development Scholarship


The Honors Leadership Development Scholarship provides an opportunity for enrolled USM Honors Students to expand their horizons by developing a leadership mentality and the skills necessary to function as a positive force of change in their communities.

We strive to see our scholars inject energy, passion, and drive into their leadership style and the causes they care about. Our scholars develop optimism for the future and the confidence to share credit generously. They learn how to cultivate personal motivation for collaborating, and how to navigate complex situations. We support our scholars in their endeavors to build relationships at USM and within our communities.

Honors Leadership Development scholars are expected to engage in 25 service hours per semester. Recipients of the scholarship may fulfill this requirement in the following ways:

  • Create, participate in, and/or oversee community service activities
  • Enhance the quality of Honors Program offerings and experiences
  • Engage with USM student organizations (e.g. serving on the Honors Council)
  • Mentor students as a peer leader or tutor

As a general rule, we expect students to participate in activities which cultivate their leadership skills, and we strongly encourage students to participate in projects of substantive community engagement. This community work is intended to encourage students to develop their leadership and interpersonal skills, in particular: empathy, patience, tenacity, and coalition building.

Each semester, recipients are required to provide a complete report, documenting and reflecting on the outcomes of each service activity as it relates to their personal and community growth.


Eligible applicants must be in good standing and a member of the Honors Program. Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits per semester and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Award Amount

$1,000 per semester


Priority Deadline November 1st

How to Apply

Interested students must be currently enrolled in Honors classes. To learn more about this opportunity, or to submit an application, please contact The Director of the Honors Program at rebecca.nisetich@maine.edu 

How to Renew

Current scholarship recipients may apply for renewal on a yearly basis, for up for 4 years of study at USM.


Rebecca Nisetich
(207) 780-4189
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.