SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A former college librarian’s bequest of more than a quarter of a million dollars will “allow students to pursue their dreams,” Southern Maine Community College President Ronald Cantor said.
Franklin Talbot of Portland, who died last June at the age of 89, left $253,000 to the SMCC Foundation in his will. The nonprofit group, which raises funds for the South Portland-based community college, called the gift, which the foundation received last month, one of the largest it has ever received.
Talbot’s bequest will be used to offer one or more scholarships each year to students based on financial need, according to a community college announcement Tuesday morning.
“These funds will lessen the financial impact on students in need and reduce the amount of money they have to borrow,” Cantor said in a statement. “Mr. Talbot’s gift also demonstrates the positive impact of philanthropy.”
Michael Bourque, chairman of the foundation board of directors, called Talbot’s donation a “remarkable gift” and “a wonderful legacy to leave to the community.”
“A gift of this magnitude can provide scholarships for several students in perpetuity,” said Bourque, senior vice president for external affairs at Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co., in a statement.
Talbot retired from his job as a reference librarian at the University of Southern Maine in the late 1980s and had no immediate family in Maine, according to Tuesday morning’s announcement by SMCC.
Talbot is remembered as a man who gave often to people in need, and on one occasion, gave money to a young man so he could attend SMCC, the community college announcement states.