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TRIO - Student Support Services


The Cornerstone program is a federally funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education that helps eligible students earn their college degree. This program is located in room 204 Belfast Hall on the Bangor campus and in room 195 Jewett Hall on the Augusta campus. The Cornerstone staff members select students with academic potential to join this program even though they may have some academic, career, financial, or other limitations that might impact their ability to succeed in college. Through academic, counseling, financial, or career planning support, students who are enrolled in Cornerstone enjoy a very high success rate, especially if they participate fully in the program. Cornerstone is free of charge.

The Cornerstone Program provides:

  • Staff and Peer Mentoring
  • Book Lending Library
  • Academic Support including
    • Academic aptitude assessments
    • Amplified tutoring*
    • Mentoring and study coaching
    • Computer access
  • Learning styles indicator
  • Learning Support Activities
  • Amplified Personal Counseling* including
    • Assistance with time & stress management
  • Personality assessments
  • Personal Development Counseling
  • Short-term substance abuse related counseling and referral services
  • Short-term personal counseling Crisis Intervention
  • Amplified Career Counseling* including
    • Career plans and goals
    • Vocational interest assessments
    • Workshops & individual consultations
    • Job search preparation
    • Resume assistance
    • Portfolio development
  • Cornerstone Scholarships
  • Introductions to people and resources

* These services are available to all students, but Cornerstone students are eligible for extra hours of service.

Hours and Contacts:


8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
call Becky Crooker
204 Belfast Hall


8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
621-3157 or 1-877-UMA-1234 (toll free) x3157
195 Jewett Hall



  • Be enrolled in a UMA Bachelor's degree program, AND
  • Require academic support,* AND
  • Take most of your classes in Augusta or Bangor, AND


  • Be of the first generation in your family to attend college (neither parent has a Bachelor's degree) OR
  • Meet federal income guidelines for financial aid, OR
  • Have a documented disability which impacts your learning process

Cornerstone is offered to serve students who are beginning their college career. Preference is given to students who have earned fewer than 30 college credits and who carry nine or more credits a semester in order to graduate in six years.


  • Have been out of school for five or more years, or
  • Earned a High School Equivalency Exam, or
  • Were placed in one or more courses lower than 100 level by your placement exam scores., or
  • Earned an SAT score below 480 on any section of the SAT, or
  • Lack clear and specific educational and career goals, or
  • Have a documented disability which creates a significant barrier to learning

For more information contact:

Betty McCue-Herlihy

Betty McCue-Herlihy, Ed.D., LCPC, NCC
Assistant Director

William Stone, Ed.D., NCCC