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Henry L.P. Schmelzer College Transitions Scholarship Fund

Throughout his tenure as President and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation, Hank Schmeltzer was a consistent advocate for the importance of higher education in Maine, especially for returning students, and helped to launch the Maine Compact for Higher Education in 2003. At his retirement in 2008, generous donors recognized Hank’s leadership by establishing a scholarship to support the post-secondary aspirations of Maine adults returning to school.

The Henry L.P. Schmelzer College Transitions Scholarship Fund will now support students associated with University College at Ellsworth for the next three academic years. Preference is given to non-traditional students from (in order of priority) Hancock, Washington, and other counties who have successfully completed College Transitions or other preparatory work and have matriculated into a University of Maine System or Eastern Maine Community College program. Financial need is the underlying eligibility criterion, but recipients must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated a seriousness of purpose with respect to their education. A student must have completed at least one successful semester of at least part-time enrollment (two 3-credit courses). The minimum award is $2000, and may be renewable if the grant budget allows.

For more information, call (207) 667-3897
Mill Mall, 248 State St., Suite 1 • Ellsworth, ME 04605

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