News Release

For Immediate Release: June 8, 2012

Contacts: Nancy McLeod Carter, 207-594-9209 x 133 or Ruth Kermish-Allen, 207-594-9209,

 x 117 or 207-691-2504 (cell)


Chebeague Students Receive College Scholarships


Rockland, Maine–On Saturday, June 2, the Island Institute awarded $155,250 in Island Education Fund college scholarships to 76 students from MaineŐs year-round unbridged island communities, including seven residents of Chebeague Island.  Nearly 150 students, parents and community members gathered at Point Lookout Resort in Northport to celebrate the achievements of young people from some of MaineŐs most isolated schools who are attending colleges, universities and technical schools across the U.S. and Canada.  This yearŐs awards brought the total support since 1990 to more than $1 million, and included three first-time $10,000 scholarships.  Many of these awards are renewable each year as long as the students remain in school on a full-time basis and submit a scholarship application. 


The Island Education Fund scholarship awards are made possible by the Shaw Fund for MarinersŐ Children, the ERQ Educational Foundation, the Otter Island Fund, the Peter R. and Cynthia K. Kellogg Foundation, the Wilson Family Foundation, the Louis W. Cabot Island Education Fund, Nancy and George Putnam, the Seth Jordan Memorial Fund, the Barbara and Cyrus Sweet scholarship endowment, and the generosity of many other donors.


Overall, 22 students received scholarships from the Shaw Fund for MarinersŐ Children, and two Chebeague Island students received special awards:



Arianna Stefanilo and Julia Maine received Sweet Scholarships, awarded to graduating seniors and college upperclassmen who exemplify a combination of academic excellence and leadership. 


Caroline Summa received a Seth Jordan Memorial Fund Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating senior of extremely high academic standing in Casco Bay.


Other Chebeague students who received scholarship awards include:


Amanda Campbell     

Joshua Doughty         

Anna Maine   

Jarrod Smith   


Congratuations, Chebeague scholars! For additional information about the Island Educations FundŐs scholarship, summer internship and island leadership programs, please visit  or contact Ben Odgren, Island Education Fund associate, at (207) 594-9209 x128 or






About the Island Institute: Since 1983, the Island Institute, a membership-based nonprofit organization located in Rockland, Maine, has partnered with our stateŐs year-round island and working-waterfront communities to ensure that they remain vibrant places to live, work and educate children. For information about the InstituteŐs many programs, services and publications – and how you can support our work along the Maine coast – please visit or contact Nancy McLeod Carter at or 207-594-9209 x133.