Local Students Each Win $100 Scholarship

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Thirteen local elementary school students were each recipients of $100 Future of Maine College Aspirations Scholarships.  They are pictured with Calais High School seniors Quinn Sluzenski and Jordan Daley who spoke to the young students about the importance of education, involvement, and aspirations.  (Photo by Jayna Smith).

By Jayna Smith

A celebration was recently held at WCCC honoring thirteen St. Croix Valley students.  These students were each recipients of a $100 College Aspirations Scholarship presented by Bob Stuart, Director of Maine College Circle.  All students in grades 3 to 6 had the opportunity to write an essay explaining their college and career aspirations for a chance at a scholarship.  

The awards are locally funded and redeemable upon enrollment in any post-secondary educational program or for college application or college aspirations.  Dead River Company and Machias Savings Bank, along with Maine College Circle, funded the awards to the St. Croix Valley area which was made up of Calais, Baileyville, Alexander, Indian Township, Princeton, and Robbinston schools.  

Maine College Circle is a publicly supported nonprofit organization committed to helping students throughout Maine make more of the opportunity of higher education.  That mission is pursued by supporting better, earlier, and equal access to information on the opportunity of education, particularly higher education.  

Local recipients of the $100 scholarship were, from Woodland Elementary School, Eli Andrews, Riley Cleghorn, Brianna Jack, Samuel Perkins, Jadyn Smith, Abigail Walker, Summer Woodruff; from Calais Elementary School, Cassidy Carr, Hannah Gadway; from Princeton Elementary School, Austin Berube, Cassidy Bilodeau, Kaiden Spinney; and from Indian Township School, Paige Sockabasin.  

In addition to the scholarship, each student was awarded with a tshirt and certificate by Calais High School seniors Jordan Daley and Quinn Sluzenski.  The two also spoke to the young students about the importance of education, involvement, and aspirations.  Special recognition was also given to Woodland Elementary School teacher Miss Dean and Princeton Elementary School teacher Mrs. Andrews.  Both have demonstrated a commitment to the mission of Maine College Circle within their classrooms.