Meet Our Donors

Extraordinary Commitment Today With a Firm Eye on Tomorrow
Jill and Bob BlackwoodThe Blackwoods can’t overstate the importance of USM, not only in their own lives but for the greater community. By including a gift in their estate plan to support scholarships, they change lives at the University and beyond. More

How a Leap of Faith Became a Legacy Bequest
Don Head and Caron ZandWhen Don Head and Caron Zand moved to Maine in the early 1980s, they each looked for ways to support the arts and cultural growth of their new community. See the impact they are making and how they are ensuring their support continues for generations to come. More

A Selfless Act of Altruism
  Lars Nelson and Susan Carver with their motherWhen Lars Nelson and Susan Carver learned after their mother's passing at age 97 last year that a very generous bequest she had included in her will for the University of Southern Maine might go unfulfilled, they knew exactly what needed to be done. More

Bequest Generates Opportunities for USM Students
  Carolla HaglundA. Carolla Haglund '51 was an inspiring lifelong learner who believed in the pursuit of global understanding through education. She wanted to give others the chance to see new places and try new things, as she had done all her life. More

College is a Game Changer
Chip ‘90 and Laura ‘87 FoyeChip ‘90 and Laura ‘87 Foye are two people who fully appreciate the value of a college education. As students at USM, they both worked full time, attended classes in the evening and on weekends, and strived to balance the high demands of work, school and life. More

The Legacy of "Mr. and Mrs. USM"
Mr. and Mrs. USMFor those who knew, or simply interacted with Melissa '52 and Dr. Richard "Doc" Costello, generosity just came naturally to the couple. More

A Celebration of Education Across Generations
ReunionOn a summer day in Gorham nearly 75 graduates from USM's predecessor institutions—Gorham Normal School, Gorham State Teachers College and Gorham State College—gathered to reconnect and reminisce about their shared college experience and their lives since graduation. More

A True Passion for Lifelong Learning
Donor PayneAs a founding member of USM's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Nancy Hill Payne was a trailblazer who will be missed by many. Her passion for learning and connection, and her devotion to the potential of OLLI was the driving force behind her decision to create a planned gift. More

Giving Back
Donor Jack SuttonThroughout his nearly 40 years of teaching, leading committees and volunteering, professor emeritus John "Jack" Sutton has committed himself to making a difference for his students. A planned gift will allow him to extend his USM legacy into the future. More

The Gift of Music
Donor AnneAnne Randolph Henry was a quiet and thoughtful lady who loved her family, her friends and her life in Maine. "Randy," as she was called, also loved the arts … especially music. "It was part of her life," says Anne Stanley, one of Randy's six children. "She took piano lessons earlier in her life. She would go to the symphony. But with six kids it was hard to pursue it further." More

As USM Goes, So Goes Maine
Donor BlackwoodBob Blackwood '78 '82 believes a lot is riding on the success of the University of Southern Maine. A South Portland native who received his BA from Bowdoin and then served in the US Army before returning home, Bob looked to USM to further his education. He views the university as nothing short of critical to the future of Maine. More

Weaving a Legacy
Donor GreenleafNurse. Union organizer. Educator. Weaver. Writer. Dr. Nancy P. Greenleaf has played many different roles in her lifetime. Now add "USM Donor." Nancy's association with the University of Southern Maine began shortly after she arrived in Maine with a newly minted doctorate in nursing science from Boston University. More

Creating Pathways to Success
Donor Susan and Ken RossSeveral years ago Ken Ross, a 1974 graduate of the USM School of Business, came across a statistic that really struck home. "I read somewhere," he said, "that Maine students graduate from college shouldering higher than average debt loads. My wife Susan and I decided we wanted to do something to help." More

A History Lesson
Donor Jerilyn MorganAs a high school senior in Massachusetts, Jerilyn Mehaffey Morgan '68 was certain of two things: she wanted to become a teacher and she wanted to attend college out of state. More

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