The University of Southern Maine awarded two Creating Maine’s Future Presidential Scholarships, a privately funded scholarship program. The scholarships provide incoming USM freshmen with $5,000 in tuition assistance per year for four years. The four previous recipients from 2010 have maintained a 3.5 grade point average or above and will be returning to USM in the fall.
The 2011 recipients are Melania Jankowski of Portland, a graduate of Portland High School, and Scott Gagne of Lewiston, a graduate of Lewiston High School.
Jankowski was a two-sport team captain, playing soccer and lacrosse. She also was part of executive board, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and Key Club. While in high school, she was an intern at USM’s Wise Lab as well as a member of the National Honor Society. She has not yet decided on a major.
Scott Gagne was a member of the National Honor Society and an active member of the Yearbook Committee. Gagne performed in multiple music groups including Chamber Singers and multiple jazz groups. He played varsity tennis and golf, and received a Coach’s Award. He plans to major in business.
“Creating Maine’s Future Presidential Scholarships are our most distinguished academic awards,” said USM President Selma Botman. “This scholarship supports Maine students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and school or community leadership. We are pleased to be able to welcome two more of these outstanding individuals to USM.”
The Presidential Scholarships are part of USM’s “Creating Maine’s Future Campaign for Scholarships,” an effort to help more Maine students afford a high-quality, public university education.