ReEntry Scholarship Program Application


USM is proud to offer two ReEntry Scholarships, both programs are designed to support student who have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of 5 or more years.

The Osher ReEntry Scholarship was established at the USM Foundation in 2009 with a gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation. 

The CrankStart ReEntry Scholarship was established at the USM Foundation in 2021 with a gift from the Crankstart Foundation. 


  • Students have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of 5 or more years
  • Students must be matriculated in a first bachelor's degree at USM, enrolled either full or part-time (minimum enrollment of 6 credit hours per semester). Part time students may be awarded a prorated scholarship amount.
  • Students anticipate participation in the workforce for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation
  • Demonstrated financial need, not necessarily on their FAFSA
  • Academic promise and commitment to obtaining their degree

Award Amount

Up to $5,000 per academic year


June 1

How to Apply

Submit Reentry Scholarship application, including an essay and a statement of financial need. Once a student has applied, their are considered for either the Osher or CrankStart ReEntry Scholarship, students cannot receive both scholarships.

How to Renew

Submit the Reentry Scholarship application, including the "renewal" essay prompt and a statement of financial need.


Nancy Varin
Assistant Director of Financial Aid - Scholarships
Luther Bonney Hall, Room 136, Portland Campus
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.