Tuna fishing tournament gives $35,000 to Southern Maine Community College

Posted Oct. 12, 2012, at 7:21 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Organizers of an annual big-game fishing event donated $35,000 to Southern Maine Community College, the school announced Friday.

The Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament, which is in its 15th year, has raised a total of more than $335,000 for Maine’s community colleges. It has created a $140,000 endowment, and interest on that account allows Southern Maine Community College to award $1,000 scholarships to six students each year, according to a college press release.

“The steady and generous support that [the tournament] has shown SMCC over the years has helped many students gain an education and get a job in the Maine economy,” SMCC President Ron Cantor said Friday. “We’re very grateful for [the tournament’s] continued aid, particularly in this challenging economy.”

The tournament’s donations also have helped create endowments for scholarships at Central Maine Community College, Northern Maine Community College, Washington County Community College and York Community College. Kennebec Valley Community College and Eastern Maine Community College could be added to that list in the future.

The Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament is held in August out of Spring Point Marina in South Portland. The most recent tournament included 40 boats, each paying $400 to participate.

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