$100 College Aspirations Scholarships have been awarded to over 1200 Maine elementary school students with leadership from Maine College Circle. This winter, each student in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 at Madawaska Elementary School wrote a college aspiration essay that gave them a chance of winning a college scholarship. On the morning of May 28, Bob Stuart, Executive Director of the Maine College Circle, presented thirty (30), $100 college scholarships to MES students!
Many people correctly point out that $100 will do only a little to meet the costs of a year of higher education, but our experience over many years confirms that these $100 College Aspirations Scholarships do much to show support for each recipient’s aspirations. The scholarships, the campus visit, the t-shirt, the scholarship ceremony, the VIP program, and public celebration of each student’s aspirations all do a lot to give the student a little extra confidence to pursue his or her dreams. That builds a brighter future -- for the student, for their community, and for our world.