Franklin Markle, of Windsor, a second-year student at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, has been awarded a $1,450 scholarship from the Maine Real Estate & Development Association for study during the current academic year, according to a news release from the college.

Markle is 2014 graduate of Erskine Academy and is enrolled in SMCC’s Business Administration program. He plans to go into real estate upon graduation.

Markle is one of eight Maine community college students to receive the generous scholarship from MEREDA. This is the second year the organization has provided the scholarship. To qualify, students must be a Maine resident, have financial need, and be enrolled as a second-year student in a building trades, architecture, construction, engineering or business program at a Maine community college.

The scholarship funds were raised through MEREDA’s annual “Strikes for Scholars” bowl-a-thon in May. The association’s goal is to raise enough each year to fund at least one scholarship at each of Maine’s community colleges and support Maine students as they prepare for careers in areas of study that promote MEREDA’s mission of responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout the state.

“MEREDA is pleased to be helping to meet the financial needs of students at the seven campuses of the Maine Community College System statewide,” said Mike O’Reilly of Bangor Savings Bank, the current MEREDA president. “Providing scholarships to students who hope to get into real estate-related fields contributes to the mission of MEREDA, which is supporting responsible real estate development.”

Southern Maine Community College is Maine’s largest and oldest community college. Founded in 1946, SMCC offers courses at its South Portland and Brunswick campuses, at community satellite locations and online. SMCC has among the lowest tuition and fees in New England and offers more than 45 degree programs.

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