Originally published in Castine Patriot, January 10, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, January 10, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, January 10, 2019
Scholarships available for Maine students
The Maine Community Foundation offers more than 600 scholarships that support students pursuing studies in music, journalism, teaching, horticulture, technology, the arts, and many other fields. The scholarships are available for students who attend secondary, post-secondary, and graduate schools, as well as non-traditional programs.
In 2018, the community foundation awarded nearly $3 million in scholarships to more than a 1,000 Maine students attending schools in the state, across the country, and around the world, according to a news release.
About 200,000 Mainers who started college never completed their degrees; the Maine Community Foundation is focusing on this group as part of its goal to advance education in Maine.
MaineCF is a supporting member of the MaineSpark coalition, a 10-year commitment by education, nonprofit, philanthropy, and business leaders to ensure Maine’s workforce is productive and competitive. Its goal: By 2025, 60 percent of Mainers will hold education and workforce credentials that position Maine and its families for success.
MaineCF’s scholarship funds are established for a variety of reasons, from honoring a family member to carrying on the tradition of “giving back” that helped an individual through college, according to the release. To establish a scholarship fund at the community foundation, call Liz Fickett, scholarship funds manager, toll-free at 877-700-6800, ext. 2015.
Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. For a complete listing of scholarships available for the upcoming school year and for more information about the foundation, visit mainecf.org.