December 10, 2004
The trustees of the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation recently awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Justin Dubois, of Fort Kent, a 2001 graduate of Fort Kent Community High School attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Dubois is a senior majoring in business administration and maintains a high grade point average, having attained the Dean's List every semester at UMFK.
He was presented the award at a special luncheon held at UMFK's Acadia House with members of the Maine Bankers Association, UMFK Foundation, UMFK community, St. John Valley legislators, and family members present.
Bankers Association President Joseph Pietroski and Dennis Haggerty, Jr., president and CEO, First Citizens Bank, made the presentation to Dubois.
During his tenure at UMFK, Dubois has participated in intramural volleyball and assisted the campus in promotional activities.
He was named to both the Who's Who Among American High School Students and recently to the Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.
In addition to being a full-time student at UMFK, Dubois is employed by Quigley's Building Supply in Fort Kent as an information technology manager. As a volunteer, he spearheaded the "Lights On" campaign for the 2004 Biathlon World Cup in Fort Kent.
The Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation was established in the 1950's to support a guarantee fund for student loans. The founders included a wide range of banks, businesses, community organizations, and individuals.
In 1990, the MeHEAF trustees, the Maine Bankers Association board of directors, seeking to continue the original intent of the founding members, began a scholarship program funded by the return of the original loan guarantee funds.
This year the MeHEAF trustees selected thirteen Maine colleges and universities to receive scholarships.
The participating school chooses student scholarship recipients who are in their second, third, or fourth year, and are Maine high school graduates majoring in a business related subject.
The colleges and universities select the recipients based upon academic standing and financial need.
All scholarships are awarded for second semester expenses.
Since 1990, a total of $189,400 in scholarships has been awarded. In 2004, an additional $13,000 was awarded to thirteen students.