In 2017, cPort read over 800 essays from third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in Portland, Augusta, and Scarborough. We awarded 98 students with $100 college scholarships and held nine ceremonies celebrating the dreams and aspirations of Maine’s future leaders. Read more on our blog about the Augusta, Portland, and Scarborough programs!
About the Program
cPort is proud to partner with elementary schools in our communities to provide this innovative scholarship 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.
cPort University 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, Reiche School in 2013, Presumpscot School, and Scarborough’s Wentworth Intermediate School in 2015.
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. Scholarship recipients also participate in a college campus visit the following spring, where they receive a VIP tour and lunch on campus to experience college life first-hand.
We believe that this program is truly making a difference for students by encouraging them to dream big and plan early for higher education.