Local Students Each Win $100 Scholarship

By Jayna Smith

Seventeen local elementary school students were each recipients of $100 Future of Maine College Aspirations Scholarships.  (Submitted photo)  

A celebration was held Thursday, January 8th at WCCC honoring seventeen St. Croix Valley students. These students were each recipients of a $100 College Aspirations Scholarship presented by Bob Stuart, Director of the Maine College Circle. All students in grade 3 to 6 had the opportunity to write an essay explaining their college and career aspirations for a chance at a scholarship.

The awards are locally funded and redeemable upon enrollment in any post-secondary educational program or for college applications or college aspirations. Dead River Company and Machias Savings Bank, along with Maine College Circle, funded the awards to the St. Croix Valley area which was made up of Calais, Baileyville, Indian Township, Princeton, Robbinston and Topsfield schools.

Maine College Circle is a publicly supported non-profit organization committed to helping students throughout Maine make more of the opportunity of higher education and to develop more kids who want to go to college. That mission is pursued by supporting better, earlier, and equal access to information on the opportunity of education, particularly higher education.

Local recipients of the $100 scholarship were, from Woodland Elementary School, Braden Barrett, Riley Cleghorn, Shawn Donahue, Brianna Jack, Luke Knowles, Jayden O'Neill, Alexandra Papke, Terrance Robinson, Abigail Walker, Keagan Wormell; from Calais Elementary School, Shane Delmonaco, Hannah Gadway; from Princeton Elementary School, Maeryn Mericer; from Robbinston Grade School, Wesley Brooks, Brogan Brown, Erik Garland; and from East Range School, Lilly Rhoades.

Among the list of professions these students aspire to be, according to their submitted essays, are cosmetologist, video game designer, game warden,soldier, chef, author, Egyptologist, horse camp owner, comic writer, and automotive mechanic.