USM students Halima Aden and Washima Fairoz were highlighted by the Portland Press Herald as representatives of the 80 current Mitchell Institute Scholars who took part in the Institute’s annual fundraiser gala.
The Mitchell Institute, begun in 1995 by former Sen. George Mitchell of Maine, gives a $9,500 scholarship over four years to a graduating senior from each of the 133 public high schools in Maine each year. The institute also offers professional development opportunities throughout the year, including two annual retreats. Scholars are selected based on academic potential, community impact and financial need.
“A check is not enough,” Mitchell told reporter Amy Paradysz. “They need to know we believe in them as individual human beings aspiring to achieve in order to help themselves and their communities.”
“The Mitchell Institute is a place where they want you to succeed and where they want you to meet people from all different backgrounds and perspectives,” said USM student Halima Aden (pictured with UMF student Gwyneth Ash). “It feels like a family.”
Photos were taken by Paradysz for the Portland Press Herald.