Elementary School College Scholarship Recipients Visit Bowdoin College


BRUNSWICK, Maine (April 6, 2011) – Fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grade students from Portland and Augusta schools visited Bowdoin College on Wednesday. About twenty five 2010 scholarship recipients of cPort Credit Union’s College Aspirations Scholarship Program toured the campus on a sunny April day.


While at Bowdoin, the scholarship recipients asked a panel of Bowdoin students about life in college, took a tour with Bowdoin education student volunteers and visited the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. This was the first visit to a college campus for many of the students, some of whom might not otherwise have had the opportunity until much later in their academic careers.


cPort Credit Union has sponsored the College Aspirations Scholarship Program for elementary school students for four years to help encourage students to actively think about their future goals, and how higher education may help to achieve those goals. Students are asked to write an essay about what they are interested in now and how that might carry into future college studies. A total of thirty five $100 college scholarships were awarded last year.


“This program has been successful for four years in Portland at Riverton Elementary school and we were ecstatic to be able to expand it to the entire Augusta district in 2010. We believe this innovative program provides assistance to our local schools and at the same time makes a difference in the lives of these elementary school students,” said cPort CEO Gene Ardito.


cPort Credit Union, in partnership with Bob Stuart, President of Maine College Circle and a Bowdoin alumnus, provides workshops to the students on career choices and college selection to best achieve those career aspirations. Teachers assist the students with their research and essay preparation.


Students’ winning application essays focused on future careers ranging from a veterinarian to a nanotechnologist, and students expressed interest in attending colleges from local institutions to those in states as far away as California. Over 330 students from the five schools participated in the program in 2010.


When asked about the program’s impact and importance, Hussey School Principal Michelle Michaud said last May, “The scholarship essay contest motivated our students to think about their future and make a plan that would help them get to their career goal. These students are starting early and headed for great success.”


The 2011 Aspirations program is well under way in all four Augusta elementary schools and Riverton Elementary, and at Ocean Ave. School in Portland for the first time this year. Awards ceremonies will be held at each school in April and May.


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