WATERVILLE — The Alfond Youth Center will offer Promise Scholarships to Maine student to the University of Southern Maine. The scholarship will be for up to 50 percent of tuition and fees.

The program is designed to help students overcome financial and academic barriers, remain in school, and graduate in four years with less debt prepared to make their own contributions to Maine’s social and economic well-being.

As a recognized Youth Development Organization, the youth center is able to help recruit college-bound and college transfer students for the scholarship program. The center will offer assistance to students with completing the application process. Students will need to apply to USM, apply for FASFA and other scholarship and financial aid applications, and complete the online Promise Scholar Application.

Former club members should request a letter of recommendation from AYC’s CEO Ken Walsh.

The scholarship can help close the gap between financial aid received and the cost of college. The scholarship will be awarded for all four years and supplies a mentor for four years to help student successfully complete college.

At this time there is enough funding available for about 15 Promise Scholars for the class entering college in the fall of 2018.

For more information, visit usm.maine.edu/scholarships, or call the center at 873-0684.

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