The Promise Scholarship

At the University of Southern Maine, we believe that anyone — regardless of circumstances — who has the drive to succeed and the willingness to work hard deserves a chance at higher education. The Promise Scholarship helps Maine’s young people take that next step to college. Learn more about The Promise Scholarship.

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Inaugural Promise Scholars event September 6th

USM Welcomes the 2018 Inaugural Class of Promise Scholars

In September, USM celebrated its first group of Promise Scholars with an event titled "Living the American Dream: Education and the Road from Poverty to Prosperity."
Information for Prospective Promise Scholars

Information for Prospective Promise Scholars

If you’re interested in applying for the Promise Scholarship – or you know someone who is – visit the USM Promise Scholarship page for application information.

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Every Big Dream Starts Somewhere

Mo's path to USM began in Africa, Brianna's in Portland, Maine. Their journeys inspired a new model for helping Maine youth go to college and achieve their dreams.

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What's At Stake?

The need for The Promise Scholarship is critical — both for young Mainers and our state’s future.
A student volunteering in a community medical facility

Our Campaign Goal

Your support will help ensure that the USM Promise Scholarship program is here for generations to come.
Kids forming a circle with hands on each other's forearms

Empowered by Partnership

Unique to The Promise Scholarship program is our partnership with Maine’s youth development organizations, who will recommend strong candidates for the scholarship.
Brianna DiDonato-Duran and Mo Awale

Impact: Success Stories

By creating opportunity, The Promise Scholarship is making a difference that impacts all of us in Maine.

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