PORTLAND, Maine — Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell was in Maine on June 6 to announce the selection of the 2011 Mitchell Scholars, and to share news of an increase to the scholarships from $5,000 to $6,000 per student.
“Every year I look forward to announcing the naming of the new Mitchell Scholars — one from every public high school in Maine,” said Mitchell. “These are hardworking students from hardworking families, and it is our great pleasure to help them achieve their college dreams.”
Mitchell added, “It is especially exciting to announce that the board of directors of the institute recently approved an increase in the value of the scholarships we award. Beginning with the students just selected, the Mitchell Scholarships will be $6,000. We know that college costs are rising even as family resources are diminishing. This decision to increase the scholarship signals our commitment to Maine’s students, and to the future of this great state.”
One hundred twenty-nine Maine high school students were chosen as Mitchell Scholars by the Senator George J. Mitchell Scholarship Research Institute. More than 1,800 Maine students have been supported by the program in their pursuit of higher education with awards of more than $8 million in financial assistance since its inception.
Founded by Sen. George Mitchell, the Mitchell Institute annually provides a scholarship to one graduating senior from every public high school in the state. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic potential, community service and financial need.
Mitchell Scholars also gain access to Mitchell Institute support programs such as community service projects, leadership and professional development, mentoring opportunities and summer employment fellowships. These programs connect and engage the Mitchell Scholars with their communities and their chosen career paths to encourage graduates to remain in Maine after college. Nearly 90 percent of Mitchell Scholar alumni live and work in Maine or intend to do so within five years.
For information about the Mitchell Institute, visit http://www.mitchellinstitute.org.
Area Mitchell Scholars are:
Shelby Thomas, Camden Hills High School
Cody Poland, Georges Valley High School
Abigail Campbell, North Haven Community School
William Kelly, Rockland District High School*
Shawn Chilles, Vinalhaven High School
Nathanial Schwehm, Boothbay Regional High School
Samara Ethier-Whitmore, Lincoln Academy*
Christopher Benedict, Medomak Valley High School
Brian Campbell, Wiscasset High School
Jacob O’Jala, Belfast Area High School*
Jason Hatch, Islesboro Central School
Lorna Harriman, Mount View High School
Emily LaRosa, Searsport High School
* Denotes KeyBank Mitchell Scholars
# Denotes Unum-Stephen B. Center Diversity Leadership Awards