International Merit Scholarships at University of Southern Maine 2020-21

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Scholarship Description:

The Office of Graduate Studies is offering International merit scholarships. Both new and returning students are eligible to apply, however, there may be additional criteria for some awards. Students can submit the Graduate Studies Scholarship Application, along with the required documents and will be considered for all OGS scholarships and tuition waivers. The awards are contingent upon annual available funding and range from a one year award to a four-year award. Scholarships are awarded in variable amounts up to $3,000 per academic year. Tuition waivers are awarded in flexible credit increments up to eighteen credits per academic year. Scholarships will be renewable (4 years for first-year students and 3 years for transfer students) provided the recipient maintains the required minimum GPA.


This scholarship is for Graduate and Undergraduate level students.

Field of Study:

  • Accounting
  • History
  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Science Education
  • Business

Scholarship Award:

International Student Merit Scholarships 
Name of Scholarship GPA Requirement  Amount Availability
USM Scholar 2.75-2.99 $8,000/year Available to 1st-year students only
Dirigo Scholar 3.0-3.49 $10,000/year Available to 1st-year students only
President’s Scholar 3.5 $12,000/year Available to 1st year and transfer students


International Students are eligible for this scholarship Program.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a graduate assistantship position, students must be:

  • Fully matriculated in a degree program at the graduate level. (They must have met all criteria for graduate student status, including completion of a baccalaureate degree); and must be:
  • Registered for at least 6 credits of coursework in the semester(s) in which they will be working (master’s and CAS students), or registered for GRS 602 (masters) or GRS 701 (doctoral) and have a certificate of satisfactory progress from their program.

Applying Procedure Instructions:

All international undergraduate students that apply to the University of Southern Maine will automatically be considered for Academic Merit-Based Scholarships.  If the student meets the academic criteria they will be awarded a merit-based scholarship at the time of admission. This means that students will find out right away if they will receive a scholarship from USM and it also means that more students will receive scholarships.

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