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Swing for Education During WCCC’s 2013 Golf Tournament

Posted June 21, 2013, at 11:29 a.m.

CALAIS _ Golfers are invited to swing for education during the 12th annual Washington County Community College Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 13 at the St. Croix Country Club.

Once again, old and young alike, will help raise scholarship money for WCCC students because each $250 or $500 donation does make a difference.

There will be two shotgun starts at 7:30a.m. and 1 p.m.

Again this year, thanks to the generous donations of Calais business owners Ed Bell of Bell’s IGA, Marcia Carlow of H & R Block in Calais and Machias and WCCC, each golfer will receive a colorful commemorative T-shirt to honor the day’s event.

And again this year, for the lucky golfer who hits a hole-in-one on the first hole, there will be a brand new car. Tournament co-sponsor Ian Pratt of Pratt Chevrolet- Olds-Buick-Pontiac-Geo on the River Road in Calais is the sponsor of that prize. Pratt also plans to donate other prizes for the tournament. In addition, there are prizes for anyone who hits a hole-in-one on the sixth hole.

Two years ago, former WCCC President Joyce Hedlund came up with the idea of the Direct-to-Student Scholarship Program.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people in Washington County to step forward and draw attention to the great students and programs we have here at WCCC,” WCCC’s new President Joe Cassidy said. “Each year we have enough golfers to fill each of the team slots and they show up on Saturday morning with all the enthusiasm of great athletes. We are so fortunate to have that kind of support here at the college.”

Last year, the college raised more than $13,000 for the scholarship program. It hopes to raise that and more this year. “What we have discovered is that people in the area are really big hearted and they truly believe in our students and they believe in our college,” Cassidy added

To date several individuals and businesses have stepped forward to donate including: Dr. Brian Hoops of Baileyville, Yancy’s Restaurant, The International Motel, The Calais Advertiser all of Calais, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust of Lubec, President Emeritus Joyce Hedlund & husband Wes, Downeast Credit Union, EBS Building Supply all of Calais, Federal Marine Terminals, Inc. of Eastport, PCT Communications, Riverside Electric, St. Croix Regional Technical Center, Sunrise Eye Care, President Emeritus William Cassidy and wife Susan and WCCC Student Senate also all of Calais.

What makes this scholarship program so unique is the role that the individual or business that donates plays in the life of the student because each $250 donation goes directly to the student.

And a popular part of the program; donors are able to create their scholarship in their name or their business’ name. Some even have created a scholarship in honor or in memory of a loved one. Donors choose the program of studies and create the criteria; $250 or more can make a difference in a student’s life.

In March, scholarships were presented to 45 WCCC students. Although the presentation had been planned for the Annual Student Scholarship luncheon, bad weather cancelled the event. But the scholarships were presented anyway.

Cassidy said the Direct-to-Student-Scholarship program does make a difference. “Students who come from Washington County who may be low income may end up borrowing. This scholarship program is going to help them attend college without graduating with a heavy debt. As we all know at the state and national level the amount of indebtedness for students is an issue.”

And just like last year, there will be newspaper articles about this year’s donors as well as information posted on the college’s website. And during the golf tournament, the names of each of the donors will be on a large poster at the St. Croix Country Club. “Promoting the donors is important to us. We can’t thank them enough for their generosity,” he said.

Anyone who would like to participate in the scholarship program can send their donation to Tina Erskine at Washington Community College, One College Drive, Calais, ME 04619. Make checks payable to the WCCC 2013 Scholarship Fund. For more information about the golf tournament or the scholarship program call Erskine at 454-1002.

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