Webmaster’s Note: The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119, reprinted with permission.
The Maine Legislative Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by the Maine Legislature to annually recognize one student from each county who is currently pursuing or is planning to pursue their education at a two-year or four-year degree-granting Maine college or technical school. This scholarship is available for full or part-time students. An eligible recipient must be a Maine resident who is accepted to or enrolled in a two- or four-year degree-granting Maine college or technical school that is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, contributions to community and employment, financial need, letters of recommendation, and an essay of 300 words or less from the applicant that explains his or her educational goals and intentions.
All application components must be submitted and postmarked by May 1, 2017, to the following address: Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), Attn: Maine Legislative Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 949, Augusta, ME 04332-0949.
Awards will be made directly to the applicant after successful completion of the first semester of school. The Maine Legislative Memorial Scholarship Committee will announce scholarship winners for the 2016 applicants in the spring of 2017. Scholarships may be deferred for one year if this is to the student’s financial advantage.
All funds for the Scholarship have been raised through an annual auction held in Augusta. Legislators, staff, and lobbyists participate in the event by soliciting and making donations, organizing, and even “auctioneering”. Hundreds of items are donated, many of them “made in Maine”, such as sardines, paintings, and weekend get-a-ways. The auctions have been a tremendous success, making it possible for 16 students to receive as much as a $1,000 award.
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