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UMFK'S SCOTT VOISINE TO RECEIVE DIRIGO AWARD FOR EDUCATION FROM FINANCE AUTHORITY OF MAINE

November 3, 2008

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Scott Voisine of Fort Kent will receive the Dirigo Award for Education from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) at its annual dinner and awards banquet on Tuesday, November 18 in Portland.

Voisine is the Director of Student Affairs at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and is a 1994 alumnus of the University.

The Dirigo Award for Education is presented each year in recognition of an individual who has made special contributions to increase access to higher education for the citizens of Maine, or who has inspired others to pursue higher education.

“Receiving this award is a great honor, not only for me, but for UMFK and all of its educational partners who have been involved in our college readiness and aspirations projects,” Voisine said.

“I am pleased that FAME, through this award, has recognized the importance of bringing public schools and higher education together to provide educational opportunities to all members of the community,” he added.

FAME is a quasi-independent state agency that provides innovative financial solutions to help Maine people and businesses pursue educational and business opportunities.  To learn more about FAME, please visit www.famemaine.com.

“Scott Voisine has been a principal architect working with educators throughout the Valley to create a group of amazing programs all designed to help people understand and appreciate the important role of education in reaching the dreams of individuals and communities. Scott brings enormous creativity, enthusiasm and persistence to this task. It was a pleasure to nominate Scott for this award, and now to add my congratulations to him. I thank FAME for their leadership and service to Maine, and for creating this award to recognize outstanding achievement,” said UMFK President, Dr. Richard W. Cost.

“UMFK was established in 1878 to meet the needs of the Madawaska Territory, today’s St. John Valley. Throughout that 130-year-long history, the institution has received outstanding support from the people of the Valley and in turn, has worked to serve those people faithfully. Today, that service can be seen in a marvelous array of programs designed to introduce families and students of all ages to the importance of higher education for individuals and for the future of this region,” Dr. Cost adds.

FAME was established as Maine's business finance agency in 1983 to support the start up, expansion and growth plans of Maine's business community. The agency works closely with Maine's lending community to improve access to capital, as well as to help fill gaps that exist in the state's capital delivery system.

FAME's mission was significantly expanded in 1990 when the agency assumed responsibility for administering the state's higher education finance programs. Through a variety of loan, grant and scholarship programs, FAME helps Maine students and families meet the costs associated with higher education. To aid in this important effort, FAME also oversees an extensive outreach and counseling program that is designed to encourage young people to aspire to and pursue higher education.

FAME celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.