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January 3, 2019

Maine Community Foundation awards $3M in scholarships in 2018

At a glance

Maine Community Foundation'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. To establish a scholarship fund at the community foundation, call Liz Fickett, scholarship funds manager, toll-free at 877 700 6800, ext. 2015.

The Maine Community Foundation reported it awarded nearly $3 million in scholarships in 2018 to more than 1,000 Maine students attending schools in the state, across the country and around the world.

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft and Mars Hill, the foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. It 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.

A complete listing of scholarships available for the upcoming school year is now online at the Maine Community Foundation website.

The foundation said it is focusing on adult learners as part of its goal to advance education in Maine, noting that about 200,000 Mainers who started college but never completed their degrees can benefit from a number of scholarships targeting adult learners.

Maine Community Foundation 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 is for 60% of Mainers by 2025 to hold education and workforce credentials that position Maine and its families for success.

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