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Exploration Summer Programs awards scolarship to Northern Maine students

Posted April 10, 2013, at 12:57 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2013

Exploration summer programs

932 Washington Street

Norwood, MA 02062

Contact: Sue Fernando

(781) 762 7400

sfernando@explo.org

Exploration Summer Programs awards scholarships

to Northern Maine students.

Moira Kelly, Executive Director and President of Exploration Summer Programs, is pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the Richard Steele Scholarship. Four students from northern Aroostook County high schools have been selected to receive full scholarships to attend Explo at Yale for three weeks in July and August. In addition, the scholarship provides individualized college counseling, beginning upon the students’ return to high school in the fall and continuing through their acceptance to college.

Selected as 2013 Richard Steele Scholars are Kori Malenfant of Presque Isle High School, Jordan Tanguay of Fort Kent Community High School, Benjamin Ezzy of Caribou High School, and Jacinta Deschaine of Van Buren District Secondary School. All are currently freshmen at their respective schools.

The Richard Steele Scholarship was established to honor Richard “Dick” Steele for his great support of Exploration Summer Programs (Explo) and his tremendous contributions to the field of college and university admissions. Born in Lewiston and a graduate of Lewiston High School, Dick Steele earned his A.B. at Harvard College, his master’s degree at the University of Vermont and his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin. His career in college admissions included leadership positions at Vassar, University of Vermont, Carleton College, and Duke University, before returning to Maine to become dean of admissions at Bowdoin College. Upon his retirement, Dick became a novelist, continued to work as a consultant to the College Board, taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and became a Trustee of Explo.

As an Explo Trustee, Dick was instrumental in assisting with the development of the Northern Maine Scholarship Program, with a focus on northern Aroostook County. After his death in the spring of 2010, the program was renamed the Richard Steele Scholarship Program in his honor.

For more than 30 years, Explo has brought together bright, curious, and interesting young people to challenge themselves, discover the world of people and ideas, and experience the joy of learning. Explo (www.explo.org) offers innovative summer enrichment programs for students in grades 4 – 12 who hail from across the U.S. and more than 50 countries. The programs are held on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College and St. Mark’s School.

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