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Updated: June 2, 2020

Higher ed notebook: UMaine System 'resilience badge,' USM scholarships

University of Maine at Farmington campus with sign Courtesy / University of Maine at Farmington The University of Maine at Farmington, whose campus is shown here, is part of the University of Maine Sytem.

For all the University of Maine System students who missed out on job and internship opportunities because of COVID-19, the school is offering a chance to boost their skills and attractiveness to potential employers.

"Get hired with a 21st century resiliency badge," promises a new program launching today. The online course takes about 15 hours to complete and will be available all summer long.

The course will focus on four sub-competencies of resiliency, namely to focus on solutions, exhibit flexibility, learn from experience and demonstrate self-awareness.

Those who successfully complete the course will earn a badge, also known as a microcredential, and can display their badges on resumes and Linkedin profiles.

The badges are being offered in support of the University of Maine System’s role as a founding member of MaineSpark, a 10-year commitment from education and business leaders to ensure the state's workforce is productive and competitive.  

“We are meeting students where they are with innovations and offers that contribute to learning and success throughout the year,” said University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy in a news release. "Resiliency has never been more topical or timely. Students who have seen their summer plans disrupted by COVID-19 should take advantage of this free opportunity to earn a 21st- century skill valued by employers.”

More information about the program is available here.

USM scholarships an expression of thanks 

University of Maine students who have stepped up during the COVID-19 crisis as first responders and essential workers are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship for the upcoming academic year, the school has announced.

The new First Responder-Essential Worker Scholarship will be offered to 50 incoming and returning students who have been serving in first-responder roles and providing front-line critical services during the pandemic.

It will be available to students rolled in graduate and undergraduate programs at USM's campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston.

USM President Glenn Cummings said in a statement that the scholarship amounts to an expression of thanks for those working to keep Maine citizens safe, healthy and fed during a period of unprecedented challenges.

“It’s only fitting that we recognize the importance of the work they are doing and the risks they are taking by helping to make their college education more affordable," he said. "I look forward to personally thanking these students for their commitment to keeping us safe and sound, and for choosing the University of Southern Maine.”

More information about the scholarship program and application forms are available online.

The application deadline is July 15.

University of Southern Maine campus seen from above
Courtesy / University of Southern Maine
The University of Southern Maine includes a campus in Portland, shown here from above.

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