Scholarships & Student Support


Funding Goal

Scholarships are at the heart of USM’s mission to widen access to a college education. While building a sustainable foundation of financial support for future generations, we are also committed to meeting essential student needs, and making extraordinary, life-changing experiences available to all students.

Grit & Determination

No single factor helps our hardworking students become successful members of their communities – it requires drive and perseverance to do what needs to be done. It demands a program of academic excellence that helps students hone critical thinking skills. And, when the financial barriers are high, it takes scholarships paired with student support programs to open the doors to a successful future.


The University of Southern Maine is nationally ranked as a top college for advancing social mobility, which means this university is the place where dreams of building a successful life get their start. With continued investment, we will continue to create pathways to higher education that are accessible and affordable for all Maine students.

Your gift will help:

  • Decrease student debt and increase access and affordability by growing the resources required to support talented students with the greatest need
  • Meet essential needs through programs such as the Student Emergency Fund and the Campus Food Pantries
  • Provide opportunities such as fellowships, graduate research assistantships, internships, and other real-world learning experiences that open new horizons