James Donald of Springvale, a second-year YCCC student has been awarded a $1,450 scholarship from the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) for study during the current academic year.
James Donald decided to attend YCCC after he was laid off from William Author in West Kennebunk in 2013. James he will graduate from YCCC in May 2016 with his degree in Precision Machining Technology.
“I am so thankful for this scholarship.’ said James Donald “I am on a very tight fixed income and this money goes a long way to help me realize my dream of earning a college degree.”
James Donald is one of eight Maine community college students to receive a generous scholarship from MEREDA. This is the third year the organization has provided scholarships for college students in Maine. To qualify for the MEREDA scholarship, students must be a Maine resident, have financial need, and be enrolled as a second-year student in the building trades, architecture, construction, engineering or business program at a Maine community college.
The funds for the scholarships were raised through MEREDA’s annual “Strikes for Scholars” bowl-a-thon in May. The association’s goal is to raise enough each year to fund at least one scholarship at each of Maine’s community colleges and support Maine students as they prepare for careers in areas of study that promote MEREDA’s mission of responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout the state.
“MEREDA is pleased to be helping to meet the financial needs of students at the seven campuses of the Maine Community College system statewide,” said Mike O’Reilly of Bangor Savings Bank, the current MEREDA president. “Providing scholarships to students who hope to get into real estate related fields contributes to the mission of MEREDA which is supporting responsible real estate development.”
For more information on MEREDA go to: http://mereda.org/