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Creating a College-Going Culture in Maine.
Syntiro is thrilled to collaborate with the University of Maine at Farmington to enhance and support a robust college-going culture in Maine schools through the GEAR UP Maine grant. Our goal is to significantly increase the number of students who graduate high school and enroll and succeed in postsecondary education. We are excited to build upon the successes of Maine’s 2005-2011 GEAR UP grant and, with UMF and other partners, create outstanding opportunities for Maine's students!
GEAR UP WELCOMES College transition coordinator
GEAR UP Maine has appointed Dori Fellman to the position of College Transition Coordinator. Fellman joins GEAR UP Maine with a broad background college access and education. Most recently, she served as Cornerstone TRIO Student Support Services Director at University of Maine at Augusta (UMA).
In addition to her more recent work, Fellman was the College Access Counselor and Director of UMF Partnerships for Success (GEAR UP, MELMAC and Nellie Mae grants). “We are lucky to have someone with such a breadth of knowledge in the area of college transition. It’s important for students to know what types of supports are on their campuses. This position will be helping to bridge some of those gaps that exist,” said Mary Callan, GEAR UP Maine program director.
In the past, Fellman served as both the president and secretary of Maine Educational Opportunity Association (MEEAO) and is currently the Vice President of New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA). Other College Access activities include MaineCAN steering committee and state liaison to NEOA. Fellman holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maine at Farmington and a Master of Education from the University of Southern Maine.
Fellman will be working closely with the GEAR UP Maine Regional Facilitators, GEAR UP Maine high school counselors, and Maine postsecondary institutions. She has two grown children; a daughter who is also an educator and a son who is a Harley technician. She lives in Starks with her husband Carl and many wild critters in the woods.
Future of maine scholars
Future of Maine Scholars Program at RSU 10
The Future of Maine Scholars is a college scholarship for 3rd to 6th graders. Bob Stuart of Maine College Circle with Barb Radmore of Western Foothills Kids Association kicked off the initiative by talking to every 3-6th grade classroom at RSU 10. They had students thinking about what they might like to do, what colleges they could look at and introduced postsecondary vocabulary such as majors and degrees. The emphasis is on effort, starting now to work towards their dreams.
As part of the initiative, there is an essay contest for 3-6th graders. The essay should describe what they would like to do for a career, what colleges they would like to go to and what courses they would take. A committee of community members and educators score the essays and the winners receive a $100 scholarship.
This year there were 56 students selected to receive scholarships with goals ranging from archaeologists to game wardens, nurses, morticians, artists and everything in between. A ceremony was held to celebrate the recipients. This year, local Maine professionals who are in those careers handed out the awards to show students local support for the students' goals and introduce them to role models. There were 25 presenters including a doctor, a video game design professor from Husson, a game warden, an artists, a wildlife biologist , a veterinarian and many more.
Write up by Barb Radmore
Project Director, Western Foothills Kids Association
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The GEAR UP Maine program is funded through a grant (reference #P3345050037;
James Davis, Project Officer)
from the U.S. Department of Education to University of Maine
at Farmington administered by Syntiro.
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Readfield, ME 04355
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