USM Alumni Association Scholarship


The USM Alumni Association Scholarship was established at the University of Southern Maine in 1996 by the University of Southern Maine Board of Directors. The fund shall be used to provide scholarship assistance to sons, grandsons, daughters and granddaughters or spouses of alumni who graduated from USM or one of its predecessor institutions (Gorham Normal School, Portland Junior College, Gorham State Teachers College, Gorham State College, University of Maine at Portland University of Maine at Portland-Gorham). 


Recipients must be sons, grandsons, daughters and granddaughters or spouses of alumni. Recipients will be chosen using USM's Alumni Scholarship Application. Eligible recipients must be students with demonstrated financial need as demonstrated by the FAFSA. Preference will be given to first-year students with a possibility of offering it to transfer students. Selection of the recipients shall be made by the USM's Admission Office. This is a one-time scholarship that does not repeat for multiple academic years.

Award Amount



May 1

How to Apply

  • Students must be admitted to USM
  • Submit a FAFSA
  • Complete an application for the scholarship¬†

How to Renew

Not Renewable


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.