The Promise Scholarship

Promise Scholars Volunteering at Preble Street

Programs and Supports

The Promise Scholarship Program offers a range of programming and services to best support Promise Scholars.

Promise Scholars Immersion Week:


Each August, incoming Promise Scholars are welcomed to campus one week prior to the start of the fall semester for a dynamic program full of team building activities, community service and workshops. This week-long, residential program serves to facilitate Promise Scholars transition to USM. Residential Promise Scholars will move directly into their fall assigned room while commuter students will be temporarily housed on-campus for the week. The immersion week is focused on developing an on-campus support system based in service to others and commitment to community, as well as preparing for success in the first semester.

The 2020 Promise Scholars Immersion Week is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 23 to Friday, Aug 28.

(Programming format and dates are subject to change with COVID-19 health and safety precautions).

First Generation Living-Learning Residential Community:

Beginning in fall 2020 the Promise Scholarship Program has partnered with TRIO and Residential Life to offer Scholars the exciting opportunity to be a part of the First Generation Student Experience Living Learning Community (LLC). Promise and TRIO Scholars will live on the same floor in this close-knit community in Upton-Hastings Hall on the Gorham campus. This new LLC offers students, who are typically the first in their family to attend college, to live as part of a community to navigate campus with the support of their peers. Additionally, first-year Promise Scholars who select this LLC will enroll in a connected COR 101 lab (1 credit) led by Promise and TRIO staff, as well as Promise Peers.

Promise Scholars COR 101:

Promise Scholars will enroll in a one-credit, first-year “COR 101” seminar focused on how to navigate USM and make the most of the critical campus resources and connections. Scholars will become familiar with the campus, build skills in academic discourse, time management, and financial literacy, and explore how a strong personal network can promote undergraduate success. Each incoming first-year Promise Scholar will be paired with an upper-level “Promise Peer” based on similar interests in careers, extracurricular activities, or based on the youth organization that referred them to the scholarship. This initiative serves to foster first-year students’ academic, social and professional progression through mentorship from older peers.

Promise Scholars Emergency Fund:

Hidden costs and even modest unexpected financial hurdles can derail a college student without a financial safety net. The Promise Scholars Emergency Fund was established in 2019 to provide one-time emergency grants to Promise Scholars who face unforeseen financial crises. Actively enrolled Promise Scholars may request funds for an emergency situation, or for unanticipated and compelling circumstances that jeopardize a student’s ability to successfully continue in school. Each request will be reviewed by the Promise Scholars Program Coordinator in consultation with the VP for Student Affairs and the student.

To request funding, please complete the Promise Scholars Emergency Fund Application.