cPort Scholarship Program
2018 Program Recap
As we wrap up our 11th year of the cPort Scholarship Program, we'd like to thank each and every school, principal, teacher, student, parent, guardian, and friend of the program for making this another wonderful year! We held our cPort Scholarship Program at eight elementary schools in Portland, Augusta, and Scarborough. In total, nearly 800 students submitted essays after attending a college aspirations workshop.
Students wrote about their dreams of future careers including mechanical engineer, marine biologist, pilots, and chefs. They plan to study at colleges and universities across the country including Yale, Brown University, Unity College, Juilliard, and M.I.T. cPort staff read the essays and selected the scholarship recipients based on students’ passion, effort, and identification of a college in their essays. We awarded 106 students with $100 college scholarships at ceremonies celebrating the dreams and aspirations of Maine’s future leaders.
Since 2008, elementary students have written nearly 7,000 essays and awarded over $72,000 in college scholarships. We are proud to have a sustaining partnership with these schools and to have impacted the aspirations of so many students in the past eleven years. We look forward to many more!
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.
The cPort 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, 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.