Maine island students receive nearly $100,000 in college scholarships

Posted June 12, 2011, at 5:09 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Island Institute recently awarded $98,300 to 75 students from Maine’s unbridged island communities. At a luncheon held at the Point Lookout events center in Northport on May 21, island scholars, their families, members of several year-round island communities and special guests celebrated the 21st  year of the Maine Island Scholarship program.

Since 1990, more than 725 awards totaling more than $850,000 have helped island students attain their higher-education goals. This year’s awards, ranging from $500 to $5,000, assisted students who will attend colleges, universities and other institutions around the country and in Canada. Many of these awards are renewable each year provided that the students remain in school ful time and submit a scholarship application.

Several island students received special awards:

Shawn Chilles of Vinalhaven received the Academic and Community Leadership Scholarship, given to a graduating senior who exemplifies a combination of academic excellence and community leadership.

John Morton of Vinalhaven received a Sweet Scholarship, awarded to a graduating senior or upperclassman who has excellent academic standing.

Emily Thomas of Islesboro received the Cynthia and Peter Kellogg Scholarship, recognizing academic excellence and an interest in the fields of business and finance.

Keith Drury of Vinalhaven received an Otter Island Scholarship, awarded to students of good academic standing attending specific colleges around the country.  Drury is attending Colorado College.

Gretchen Blank of Islesford received a special scholarship from the Shaw Fund for Mariners’ Children.

For additional information about the Island Institute’s Maine Island Scholarship Program, visit www.islandinstitute.org or contact Ruth Kermish-Allen, education outreach officer, at 594-9209, ext. 117, or rallen@islandinstitute.org.

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