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University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation announces a $2 million campaign to increase scholarships

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University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation announces a $2 million campaign to increase scholarships

April 09, 2013 - 10:25

ORONO, ME, April 9, 2013 (Press Release) -The University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation Board of Directors has announced a new campaign to increase endowed scholarships. President John Donahue and Chairman John Wolanski say the five-year campaign will allow the foundation to support an additional 10 students with full-tuition scholarships, beyond the 83 current recipients.

The demand for talented engineers is growing as the baby boom generation begins to retire. There is great need from the paper industry for engineering talent and great opportunity for students who choose engineering.

In support of the campaign, Sappi Fine Paper North America announced a $100,000 gift to the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation for engineering scholarships - the largest gift from a company for scholarships in the foundation's 63-year history.

"Our relationship to the Pulp and Paper Foundation, the College of Engineering and the University of Maine overall has just been excellent," said Mark Gardner, president and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper North America. "The campaign offers a wonderful opportunity for our company and other businesses to partner with the University of Maine in supporting students pursuing careers in an industry that continues to be a powerful economic engine for Maine."

In addition, GAC Chemical President and CEO David Colter announced a four-year Pledge of a $10,000 scholarship in support of this campaign. Barbara Hamilton presented the Ethyl G. Kerr Scholarship in honor of her grandmother, and Dana Dolloff increased his named scholarship to the USA level of $50,000 in honor of his parents, Richard and Erdine B. Dolloff.

Two scholarships given in 2012 also were presented. Thad and Sean Moody represented their father, Winship "Chip" Moody, in presenting a $30,000 scholarship in honor of Chip's 80th birthday. The scholarship was funded by donations from Chip, and his friends and family.

Dana Dolloff stood in for Bob Touchette, whose endowed scholarship in name of his father, Joseph W. Touchette, reached the USA level of $50,000 as a result of annual donations.

"We will be forever grateful to Sappi, GAC, Barbara, Dana, Bob, and the Moody family and friends. These scholarships will make a meaningful and lasting difference in the lives of many students and prospective engineers," said Jack Healy, Executive Director of the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation.

If you are interested in giving an Endowed Scholarship, please contact Jack Healy, 207.581.2298, or Mike Higgins, 207.581.3546.

The University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation is an affiliate and agent of the University of Maine. Formed in 1950 by 12 former engineering students, the purpose of the Foundation is to prepare technically trained employees for the Pulp and Paper Industry and its suppliers. More information is online at www.mainepulpaper.org .