Summer camp scholarships drying up in Maine

Posted Jan. 20, 2010, at 9:53 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The charitable trust created by the late philanthropist Elizabeth Noyce is ending its summer camp scholarship program for public school students in Maine’s three biggest cities.

Last year, the Libra Foundation cut the $1,000 scholarships for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in Lewiston, Bangor and Portland public schools in half because of endowment losses. President Owen Wells says the program will end altogether after this summer as the foundation shifts its focus to other philanthropic endeavors.

The Portland Press Herald says a number of camping programs will probably close.

Libra will have spent $30 million on the camp scholarship program by the time it ends, helping more than 30,000 kids attend overnight or day camps.

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