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MAINE HIGHER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP TO UMFK BUSINESS STUDENT, JOSHUA DESJARDIN

January 13, 2011

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Photo (l to r) Danielle Fortin Desjardin, Joshua Desjardin , Carol and Phil Desjardin

 

Kathy Meehan, vice-president of the Maine Bankers Association presented a $1,000 scholarship to University of Maine at Fort Kent student, Joshua Desjardin of Fort Kent, on behalf of the trustees of the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation.

The presentation was made during a dinner ceremony held last month in the faculty dining room in Nowland Hall, with Desjardins’ wife, Danielle, and his parents, Phil and Carol Desjardin, in attendance. Members of the UMFK business faculty, and administrators, also attended the ceremony.
 
Desjardin is a business management major with a concentration in small business management. He currently is in his junior year. He is a 2001 graduate of Madawaska High School and a 2005 graduate of Northern Maine Community College, where he received an associate degree in information technology.
 
The Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation was established in the
1950s as a guarantee fund for student loans. The founders included a wide range of banks, businesses, community organizations and individuals. 
 
In 1990, the MeHEAF trustees, to continue the original intent of the founding members, initiated a scholarship program funded by the return on the original loan guarantee funds. The fund is now managed by the Maine Bankers Association, located in Portland. 
 
Since 1990, a total of $260,000 in scholarships has been awarded to students attending both public and private colleges in the state.