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UMFK Foundation awards Scholarships to UMFK students

December 26, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation has awarded ten scholarships to nine St. John Valley students and one student from Caribou for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Catherine Whitsel of Eagle Lake was awarded the Lowell E. Daigle Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship was established in 1996 with gifts from family, friends and associates in memory of Lowell E. Daigle. The fund is used to provide assistance to a University of Maine at Fort Kent student who has completed at least his or her freshman year as a behavioral science major and has a minimum 3.5 grade point average. The scholarship is a $500 award which does not require repayment.

McKenzie Boucher of Fort Kent, Michelle Dube of Madawaska and Blake Lagasse of Caribou were the recipients of the Richard P. Johnson Scholarship Fund.

Richard P. Johnson was raised in Fort Kent, graduated from Fort Kent Community High School and went on to become a physician. He practiced for a number of years in California before his untimely death. The Johnson Fund was established on behalf of the University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation in 1997 with gifts provided through donations from family members and friends in honor and memory of Johnson. The scholarship is a $500 award which does not require repayment.

Michelle Richardson of Eagle Lake was awarded the Elmer H. and Marcella B. Violette Scholarship.

The Violette Scholarship was established on behalf of the Foundation in the year 2002 from a gift from Marcella B. Violette to recognize the contributions and importance of Elmer H. and Marcella B. Violette to the education and the way of life of the people of the St. John Valley. The scholarship is a $500 award which does not require repayment and is awarded based on academic standing and financial need.

Shelly Cyr and Heather Gagnon, both of Fort Kent, Dustin Nadeau of St. Francis, Bradley Bouchard of Wallagrass, and Josee Chamberland of St. Agatha were awarded the Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Bouchard Scholarship. The scholarship is a $500 award which does not require repayment.

The Bouchard scholarship was established in 1992 in memory of Edmund and Lucienne Bouchard with donations from family members who wished to keep the memory of their parents alive and to help young people of the St. John Valley pursue a solid education. The scholarship is a $500 award which does not require repayment.

The awards are contingent upon the successful completion of each semester.