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Trustees of Maine Higher Education Association to visit UMFK to award local student scholarship

November 19, 2004

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The trustees of the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation, recognizing the importance of education and student difficulty in meeting financial demands, are pleased to announce that on Tuesday, December 7, a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded 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 will be presented the award at a special luncheon held at UMFK with members of the UMFK Foundation, UMFK community, St. John Valley legislators, and family members present.

"I am pleased that the Maine Bankers Association provides a scholarship to worthy students," said Brad Ritz, associate professor of business. "Justin certainly fits the criteria, he's very dynamic and I am confident that he'll contribute significantly to his chosen field and community."

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.

"It's quite an accomplishment. I am very honored and glad to receive this award," said Dubois.

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 have 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 will be awarded to thirteen students.

In addition to UMFK, other schools receiving MeHEAF scholarships this year include the University of Maine at Machias, University of Maine, University of Maine at Farmington, University of Southern Maine, University of Maine at Presque Isle, University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine Lewiston/Auburn, the University of New England in Biddeford and Westbrook, St. Joseph's College, Husson College, Thomas College, and Northern Maine Community College.

Previous scholarship recipients from the University of Maine at Fort Kent include Diane Madore in 2003; Laura Deschaine in 2002; Cindy Coulombe in 2001; Michelle Comeau-Dumond in 2000; Jeremy MacArthur in 1999; Leslie Guerrette in 1998; Amanda L'Italian in 1997; Kristy Parent in 1996; Charles Dechene in 1995; Robin Raymond in 1994; James Gagnon in 1993; Mary Rossignol in 1992; Patty O'Leary and Jeanette Beaulieu in 1991; and Joseph Marin and Michael Abbott in 1990.

The Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation is administered by the Maine Bankers Association and is located in Augusta.

The Maine Bankers Association President Joseph Pietroski and Chairman Jon Prescott, president and CEO, Katahdin Trust Company will make the presentation.