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Deandra Guidi of USM Awarded Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation Scholarship

University of Southern Maine economics major Deandra Guidi was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation (MeHEAF). 

Deandra Guidi is a 2006 graduate of Gorham High School and currently resides in Portland with her husband Garrett King, a 2011 USM economics alumnus. She is the daughter of Peter Guidi of Fort Myers, Florida and Dawne DiFrancesco-Guidi of Portland.

The Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation was established in the 1950s as a guarantee fund for student loans.  The founders included a wide range of banks, businesses, community organizations and individuals.  In 1990, the MeHEAF trustees, to continue the original intent of the founding members, initiated a scholarship program funded by the return on the original loan guarantee funds.  The fund is now managed by the Maine Bankers Association, 489 Congress Street, Portland. 

Since 1990, a total of $271,000 in scholarships has been awarded.  Colleges receiving MeHEAF grants this year are:  Husson University, Maine Community College System, St. Joseph’s College, Thomas College, University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine at Farmington, University of Maine Fort Kent, University of Maine at Machias, University of Maine at Presque Isle, University of New England and University of Southern Maine. 

For more information, please contact Pam Green at the Maine Bankers Association, 207-791-8412.

Photo caption: (L to R) Pam Green of the Maine Bankers Association, Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation scholarship recipient Deandra Guidi and USM Provost Dr. John Wright.