USM First Responders-Essential Workers Scholarship


The First Responder-Essential Worker Scholarship will be offered to 50 incoming and returning USM students who have been serving in first-responder roles or providing front-line critical services during the pandemic. Based on their demonstrated financial need, eligible students will receive the scholarship award of up to $1,000 for the 2020–2021 academic year. The new scholarship is available to students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at USM’s campuses in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston.

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Students must complete their USM application. Eligible students also must have completed the 2020–2021 FAFSA form and have demonstrated financial need.

To be eligible for the USM First Responder-Essential Worker Scholarship applicants must be new or returning degree-seeking USM students that have enrolled or will enroll in courses for the fall 2020 term. Eligible students must be able to demonstrate employment working as and/or certified as a first responder or critical front-line service provider by sharing a supervisor’s name for employment verification. Preference will be given to students who are enrolled full time (12 credit hours for undergraduate students or 6 credit hours for graduate students) for fall 2020.

Award Amount

Up to $1,000.00 for the academic year


June 30th

How to Apply

Fill out the USM First Responder-Essential Worker Scholarship application

How to Renew

This is a non-renewable award.


Associate Director
Bailey Hall, Suite 115, Gorham 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.