The Maine Community Foundation offers more than 600 scholarships that support students pursuing studies in music, journalism, teaching, horticulture, technology, the arts and other fields. The scholarships are available for students who attend secondary, post-secondary and graduate schools, as well as non-traditional programs, according to a news release from the foundation.

A complete listing of scholarships available for the upcoming school year is online at the Maine Community Foundation website mainecf.org.

In 2018, the community foundation awarded nearly $3 million in scholarships to more than a 1,000 Maine students attending schools in the state, across the country, and around the world, according to the release.

Adult learners also can benefit from a number of scholarship funds that can help them navigate the road back to school. About 200,000 Mainers who started college never completed their degrees. The foundation is focusing on this group as part of its goal to advance education in Maine.

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

MaineCF’s scholarship funds are established for a variety of reasons, from honoring a family member to carrying on the tradition of giving back that helped an individual through college. To establish a scholarship fund at the community foundation, call Liz Fickett, scholarship funds manager, at 877-700-6800, ext. 2015.

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.

For more information about the foundation, visit mainecf.org.

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