cPort University 2017: Portland Schools

Congratulations to the 863 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from Reiche, Ocean Avenue, Riverton, and Presumpscot schools in Portland who submitted essays this year for cPort University!


After participating in workshops led by Bob Stuart of Maine College Circle, students wrote essays about their career aspirations and where they would attend college in order to pursue those careers. Students wrote about their dreams of becoming pediatricians, teachers, piano players, video game designers, authors, engineers, lawyers, and personal trainers. They plan to study at colleges and universities across the country including MIT, Georgetown, Florida State, USM, UMA, WPI, and University of Texas at Austin. cPort staff read the essays and selected the scholarship recipients based on students’ passion, effort, and identification of a college in their essays. At a ceremony at each school, cPort staff and school officials recognized every program participant for their efforts and announced the scholarship recipients in front of their peers and families.

Campus Visit

cPort University 2016 scholarship recipients also attended our April 25 visit to the University of New England. Students experienced the UNE campus first-hand through a campus tour, a Student Life Q&A session, and lunch in the dining hall. Scholarship recipients in 2017 will be invited on a campus visit in Spring 2018.

Celebrating 10 years at Riverton School

2017 marked the 10-year anniversary of cPort University at Riverton School! Since 2008 when the program began, cPort has awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships to Riverton students. “In the end, all of the students are winners, not just the scholarship recipients,” said cPort CEO Gene Ardito. Riverton Principal Jeanne Malia led the ceremony, which included remarks from Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana.

We are so proud of all of this year’s cPort University participants! Special thanks to all of the teachers and principals at Reiche, Ocean Avenue, Riverton, and Presumpscot schools for their continued partnership. Since the program began in 2010, we have received over 5,800 essays by elementary school students about their college aspirations!



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