Aspirations Program to Inspire High School Juniors from Eastern Maine

Story posted March 24, 2008

Twenty-five juniors from three high schools in Maine's Washington County will get a chance to see what college life is all about when they come to Bowdoin March 27-28, 2008, for the program, "Aspirations in Eastern Maine: A Taste of the College Experience."

Although Maine has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country with an average of 86 percent, only 69 percent of graduates intend to enroll in college — and only about 50 percent do so the following fall.

This compares to a national average of 65 percent of students who enroll in a post-secondary institution. Aspirations in Eastern Maine seeks to help address this issue by inviting to campus 25 high school juniors from Machias Memorial High School, Shead High School and Washington Academy.

The program has been coordinated by Aisha Woodward '08, who is from Sedgwick, Maine, and Nate Lovitz '08 of Fairfield, Maine, and is based on a similar event piloted last year by Brandon Bouchard '07 geared toward students from Aroostook County.

The Aspirations in Eastern Maine program aims to inspire students to pursue post-secondary education and consider various types of institutions. The event is sponsored by the Community Service Resource Center and is made possible through the generosity of Aristotle Investors Ltd., and John and Eva Morrill of Hollis, Maine.

Students and chaperones will meet with staff from the Admissions and Student Aid offices to learn about how to apply to college, how to pay for it and what life is like on various campuses.

Bowdoin students will host the juniors overnight and take them along on a typical college morning attending class and various events.

Former Maine Governor and Distinguished Lecturer Angus King will speak with the students at a lunch to be held Friday, March 28, 2008.

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