SKOWHEGAN, Maine — The family of a Maine man who served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam has set up a scholarship to help veterans get a college education.
The family of Col. Paul LaFond donated $50,000 to the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges to establish the Col. Paul D. LaFond Veterans Scholarship in honor of their father’s Marine Corps career.
The donation was matched by the Maine Community College System, so $2,500 scholarships can be provided to as many as 40 veterans next fall.
The longtime Skowhegan resident died last year at age 89.
One of his sons told The Portland Press Herald his father believed deeply in the value of a college education, especially for veterans.
Paul LaFond earned a degree from the University of Maryland.