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This year, cPort read over 1,100 essays from 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in Portland, Augusta, and Scarborough.

We awarded over 130 students with $100 college scholarships and held 9 ceremonies celebrating the aspirations of Maine’s future leaders. To date, cPort University has awarded over $50,000 to elementary students chasing their dreams!

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.

Read the winning essays here and check out this year’s photos on our Facebook page!

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