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University of Maine at Fort Kent offering Osher Scholarships

June 20, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent, through the University of Maine System, is offering five Osher scholarships to Maine residents for the Fall 2003 semester.

The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage more Maine people of all ages to give college a try. It is specifically designed for individuals who have never completed a college course.

Osher Scholarships offer a free college course to Maine residents who have earned a high school diploma or a GED, have never completed a college course, or will commit to completing a college course.

The Scholarship provides an award of up to $500 to be applied toward the tuition, required books, and all fees associated with the course for one developmental, 100, or 200 level course. Once enrolled, tutoring assistance is available, as well as workshops on developing study skills, time organization strategies and other skills that will help students make the most of college. Advisors can also help students find additional sources of financial aid so they can continue their studies if they choose.

Osher Scholarships are funded through the Osher Foundation and the Maine State Legislature. The scholarships make it feasible for many Maine residents who have not seen college as a possibility to actually try a college course and see whether they might want to pursue further studies.

Since the Fall of 2000, the Fort Kent campus has worked with 20 students, who have been awarded the scholarships.

"Our participants have included parents who work part time as well as full time employees looking to improve job skills," said Donald Eno, UMFK's academic outreach coordinator.

With these new Osher Scholarships, a total of 715 Maine residents have had an opportunity to try college studies since the first scholarships were awarded in September 2000.

Individuals interested in receiving more information about the Osher Scholarship program, courses and degree programs of the University of Maine System or to receive a scholarship request form, call Eno at 834-7835 or toll free at 1-888-TRY-UMFK.