The Promise Scholarship

John Massey

Promise Peer Mentor
John Massey

Office Location

102 Bedford Street




Promise Peer Mentors play a pivotal role in helping to acclimate incoming first-year Promise Scholars to the USM community. Promise Peers serve as a mentor to students to aid them in their academic and personal success at the University. They connect with students through 1:1 meetings, as well as, community service projects and program events.

What's your major and/or minors?

Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner Track); Master of Public Health

What's your hometown?
Danforth, Maine

What has been your favorite class you've taken at USM so far? Why is it your favorite?
My favorite class at USM has been American Health Systems with Erika Ziller. It introduced me to the complexity of our healthcare system and motivated me to pursue an MPH.

What other activities or student clubs are you involved in?
I currently work as an RN and am finishing my capstone for my MPH. Most recently, I worked as a graduate research assistant for the Cutler Institute on two projects. The first examined school-based telehealth usage among several federal grant recipients. The second project focused specifically on telehealth use by Maine children while also examining graduate telehealth training and education opportunities nationwide.

What advice do you have for first year students?
Recognize how far you have already made it on this journey; at times during the year, when you question yourself or doubt your abilities, remember that you are not alone in your pursuit. There is a network of people around who care about you and want to see you succeed.

What do you want others to know about you?
I am a first-generation college student who attended Stetson University and studied biology as a Bonner Scholar and honors student. At the University of Southern Maine, I am a graduate student in the schools of Nursing and Public Health and am a National Health Service Corps Scholar. Post-graduation, I aim to work in an underserved area of the country as a primary care clinician.