Alfond Scholarship Foundation Named One of Top Five National Programs Working to Improve College Access

Pioneer Institute Announces Winner of 27th Annual Better Government Competition

BOSTON – Pioneer Institute is pleased to announce that Purdue University’s “Back a Boiler” program is the winner of the 27th annual Better Government Competition. This year, the competition received over 80 entries from think tanks, universities, job training programs, nonprofits, and state government agencies across the nation. The winner, four runners up, and four special recognition recipients will be honored at the Better Government Competition Awards Gala on September 24th at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Read more »

Bill Nemitz: Alfond Birthday Gift Sends Parents Powerful Message About Education

Portland Press Herald, March 8, 2014

It’s one of life’s most magical moments: An infant child comes into the world — squinting, kicking and screaming at the top of those tiny, just-inflated lungs. Time stands bissfully still. And for this life yet to be lived, the possibilities feel endless. Read more »

Closing Maine’s Skill Gap by Investing in the Future Faces of Maine

All Families Saving for Higher Education Credential is the Goal

Working together since 2008, the Alfond Scholarship Foundation (ASF) and the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) are changing how Mainers plan and prepare for higher education. The results may have far reaching impact both for individuals – in developing their “college-going identity” and for Maine’s future workforce – by increasing the number of higher education credentials in the workforce. The state is currently facing a crisis – employers across Maine face significant challenges finding suitable candidates to fill positions that require some form of education after high school. This shortfall of skilled workers can result in slow economic growth for the state. Read more »

My youngest started college last week.  We’ve prepared for that moment since birth.

Bangor Daily News, September 4, 2015

Last week I dropped my youngest off at college.  On the ride down, we chatted about the summer, talked about plans for the fall and wondered what her new roommates would be like. I reminded her that time management would take on a whole new meaning, and she reminded me that she was ready for that responsibility. Excited and ready to take it all on — just as I had hoped she would be.  Read more »

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