The Promise Scholarship Campaign

This campaign ended on December 31, 2020, but you can still make a gift to University of Southern Maine by clicking here!

Donations now through December 31, 2020 up to $1 million will be matched dollar for dollar!

The University of Southern Maine’s Promise Scholarship Program is a life-changing opportunity for many talented young Mainers who otherwise could not afford to attend college. The program, which welcomed its third cohort of scholars this fall, is more than just a scholarship. It fills the financial aid gap for these first-generation college students and also provides deep, ongoing academic, social, cultural, and community support to help students thrive at USM.

On Thursday, September 24, USM President Cummings announced an unprecedented matching gift challenge to fully endow the Promise Scholarship program to benefit future generations of Maine students with high academic potential but limited financial means. Successfully raising $1,000,000 by December 31, 2020, will generate $1,000,000 in matching funds and help enable USM to endow the Promise Scholarship in perpetuity.

What makes the Promise Scholarship unique? 

  • A partnership shared with nearly 30 successful youth service organizations and community college throughout Maine, who identify and refer talented, qualified students to USM as potential Promise Scholars.
  • Support provided by a full-time Promise Scholarship Coordinator who serves as an invaluable advisor for all Promise Scholars.
  • It allows students to graduate with little or no debt.

Join us today in ensuring that the Promise Scholarship will benefit generations to come. There has never been a better time to double your impact! 

“Being a Promise Scholar means having the privilege of not working a full-time job to pay for my education. It allows me to be an active leader of our community, making changes that lead us to live an equitable life.” 

--Hussein Maow ’22



Donor affiliations

75% Alumni

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2% Students

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3% Parents

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28% Faculty/Staff

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62% Friends

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Donor list

Kristen Anderson
Sara Corbett and Mike Paterniti
Dana and Andrew Ruel
Roxane Cole
Patricia Forino
Elaine Markas
Barbara M Connell
M.A. Watson
Kristina Wood
Blake Whitaker
peter donnelly
Sean T Clancy
Laurie J. Davis
Russell Peppe
Leslie M. Clark
Neil Genzlinger
Richard Bilodeau
David S. Giles
Nicole Avery
John D Tewhey
Samuel Beal
James A Willey jr
Andrew I Bossie
Connor Breisacher
Richard Montpelier
Julia Bergeron-Smith
Bruce MacLeod
Richard Sturgeon
Edward Moore
Christy L. Hammer
Ann & Mark Fourre
Mary Ellen Cafiso
Judith Micoleau & Charlie Micoleau
Robert J Klotz
Tracy St Pierre

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