On Thursday, May 17, assemblies were held at Penquis Valley School and at Brownville Elementary where 34 students from third through sixth grade were awarded $100 scholarships from the Maine College Circle’s College Aspirations Scholarship Program based on essays written by the students focusing on their career aspirations. This brings the total number of students receiving scholarships from the program to 354 since its initiation in the district in 2006.
This year’s scholarships were presented to Connor Badger, Josie Bishop, Meadow Brennan, Layla Chai, Lucas Chai, Violet Chai, Thompson Crockett, Elizabeth Cummins, Brooklyn Decker, Damion Drake, Amara Driscoll, Mackenzie Fernald, Caiden Fowles, Nikolai Galipeau, Tanairi Gonzalez, Brandy Hall, Rylee Heal, Peyton Herbest, Ciara Hussey, Willow Ireland, Ashley Ladd, Ethan Lancaster, Brodie Lovejoy, Christian Ludwick, Ryan McEwen, Dylan McKenzie, Bryanna Owen, Abigail Rideout, Destiny Sibert, Dylan Smart, Kylie Smith, Anna Smith, Justin Snay, and Lucy Wiles. Several of these students also have received scholarships in previous years.
The goal of the program, according to Bob Stuart who is the program director, is to help students identify career goals at an early age and to believe that they can achieve whatever career dreams they have through hard work and determination. The awards will be presented by The College Circle when students go to college or can be withdrawn earlier to assist students with tools or programs that will help them achieve their goals.
The awards provided are privately funded by generous people, businesses and organizations who agree there is a need to assist students in identifying and working toward their dreams. All essays were reviewed by retired M.S.A.D.#41 teachers and other staff and Bob Stuart.
You can learn more about the College Aspirations Scholarship program at their website: mainecollegecircle.org.