Here's good news for Maine - and adult learners

Here's good news for Maine - and adult learners

Group News posted in on 6 October 2017| comments
audience: Maine Community Foundation | last updated: 6 October 2017

Good News for Maine – and Adult Learners

Every year, MaineCF donors make a big difference in the lives of students determined to finish post-secondary education – from teenagers with high hopes for the future to older adults who have found their way back to college. MaineCF now has more than 500 scholarship funds.

Here’s a look at our 2017 scholarship season by the numbers:

1,200: number of scholarship awards
$2.5 million: amount awarded
$2,083: average scholarship award
57%: MaineCF scholarship applicants attending a Maine college or university
39%: MaineCF scholarship applicants attending a public Maine college or university
48%: MaineCF scholarship applicants eligible for a Pell grant
23%: MaineCF scholarship applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution of $0, showing extreme need

Watch the video: MaineCF tells the story of an adult learner who followed her dream.

A Promise Kept

There’s no doubt about it: Maine needs more people with the determination of Beatrice Downs. Like many state residents – nearly 200,000, in fact – she started college but left before she could complete her degree.

Twelve years later, motivated by memories of her late mother, Beatrice returned to the University of Southern Maine with scholarship support from MaineCF.

We hope you’ll be inspired by our short video about Beatrice, the story of an adult learner and how she found her way back to school.

More Assistance for Adult Learners

MaineCF is a member of the new MaineSpark coalition: a 10-year commitment by education, nonprofit, philanthropy, and business leaders to ensure Maine’s workforce is productive and competitive. Their goal: By 2025, 60% of Mainers will hold education and workforce credentials that position Maine and its families for success.

As part of that work, MaineCF and other members of the Adult Degree Attainment Partnership (ADAP) received welcome news from the Lumina Foundation: a $750,000 grant over three years. The funding will support services for adult learners and service providers, help eliminate debt as a barrier, and make post-secondary degrees and credentials more affordable through the Adult Promise Program for Maine. Read more about the initiative in Mainebiz.

MaineSpark will help connect people with the education, training, jobs, programs, and resources needed to thrive in Maine's robust and changing economy. Local funding, including about $150,000 per year of MaineCF scholarship funds, will address financial barriers.

Want to Help?

If you would like to set up a scholarship fund, or have questions about your existing fund, please be in touch with Cherie Galyean, MaineCF director of educational initiatives, at or (207) 412-2017.

If you would like to assist other students like Beatrice, Galyean can advise you about contributions to either the Adult College Completion Scholarship fund or the Access to Education grantmaking fund that aims to lower barriers to college completion. Donations to the Access to Education grantmaking fund may be made online.

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