cPort Credit Union

College Aspirations Scholarship Program

 

About the Program

cPort is proud to partner with elementary schools in our communities to provide this innovative aspirations program. We believe that it's never too early to start preparing for college, both financially and academically. It's also our firm belief than anyone can attend college.

 

This scholarship program began as "Riverton & Beyond" at Portland's Riverton Elementary in 2008, and has since expanded to all Augusta elementary schools beginning in 2010 as well as Portland's Ocean Avenue School in 2011 and Reiche School in 2013.

 

The program begins with students in grades 3-6 participating in an aspirations workshop with Bob Stuart of Maine College Circle. Following the workshops, students are encouraged to write an application essay for a $100 college scholarship focused on their interests and future career aspirations, and how higher education may help achieve those goals.

 

The scholarships are awarded to recipients in a school-wide ceremony, where all participants are acknowledged with a t-shirt and certificate of participation.

 

We believe that this program is truly making a difference for students by encouraging them to dream big and plan early for higher education.

 

College Aspirations Scholarship Program 2013

 

 

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Augusta Schools

About ninety percent of Augusta's fifth and sixth grade students wrote aspirations essays in 2013 -- congratulations to all 272 participants this year! (Click the link for each school to read the students' essays.)

 

Farrington Recipients

Hannah Beeckel - Grade 5

Kaley Trask - Grade 5

Leah Couture - Grade 6

Brandon Frost - Grade 6

Mikaela Lee - Grade 6

Gilbert Recipients

Kody DeMerchant - Grade 5

Shaelyn Garrett - Grade 5

Devin Young - Grade 5

Renee Bernier - Grade 6

Cameron Leighton - Grade 6

Hussey Recipients

Calvin Mason - Grade 5

Leah Pelotte - Grade 5

Noah Connor - Grade 6

Virginia Tobias - Grade 6

Erin Wathen - Grade 6

Lincoln Recipients

Caroline Mosca - Grade 5

Gage Bernstein - Grade 5

Mallory Turgeon - Grade 5

Hannah Woodford - Grade 5

Kaleb Brann - Grade 6

 

Portland Schools

Almost 400 Portland students participated in the 2013 College Aspirations program. (Click the link for each school to read the students' essays.) And check out this WMTW story on our Ocean Avenue ceremony!

 

Riverton School

Grade 3
Ashleigh Daniels
Gabrielle Daniels
Noah Greenwood
Jordan King
Fatuma Sharif-Isaack


Grade 4
Sadio Abdi
Sandra Dahn
Luke Haskell
Fatuma Hassan
Linh Nguyen


Grade 5
Amina Alsadoun
Dylan King
Darcy Lally
Lazetta LiDrazzan
Zanayah Moore

Ocean Avenue School

Grade 3
Brandon Echevarria
Beo Endicott
Grace Gordon
Owen Parr
Johnathan Rangel


Grade 4
Maya Denkmire
Patrick Duffy
Couper Jepson
Nick Leschey
Ben Smith


Grade 5
Alexandro Collings-Rico
Tony Fournier
Margaret Paterniti
Savanah Wales
Mara Wyman

Reiche School

Grade 4
Ayden Grimm
Jackson Harris
Zeke Hebert
Abdilraouf Mohamed
Ingrid Rosales
Rose Stait
Aylah Thomas

 

Grade 5
Awen Deng
Elsa DiGiovanni
Ochola Lindos
Mohamed Magassouba
Ilhan Mohamud
Haim Moldaver
Rose Watson
 

 


 

College Campus Visits 2013

Scholarship recipients are invited to attend a college campus visit to help demonstrate that with hard work, anyone can attend college. Past visits include Bowdoin College in 2011 and Bates College in 2012.

 

This year, Augusta recipients toured Thomas College in Waterville and Portland recipients toured Saint Joseph's College in Standish. Students experienced a day of college life and saw their effort and hard work in completing their applications pay off on campus!

 

See below for photos from the campus visits:

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