North Bridgton, ME (PRWEB) December 17, 2007
In the spirit of the Alfond College Challenge announced on December 11, 2007, Bridgton Academy, of North Bridgton, Maine, will grant a $2,000 scholarship to every young man who is born in Maine, who graduates from a Maine high school, and who applies and meets the Academy's admission requirements. Named the BA for ME Grant, this program will begin in earnest during the Academy's bicentennial year in 2008. The Academy's admission office will immediately offer this grant to its applicants for admission to the Class of 2009.
David Hursty, Bridgton Academy Headmaster, and Kevin Hancock, President of the Bridgton Academy Board of Trustees, as well as President of Hancock Lumber Co., are excited and motivated to react quickly to the need to help our college bound students of Maine. "Over the past five years, Bridgton Academy has enrolled 75 Maine students and given these students over $300,000 in aid, and we want to increase and expand this offering. The Alfond gift has provided us with the catalyst to move forward," said Hursty.
"Young men, in particular, are increasingly finding themselves in the uncomfortable situation of being in their freshmen year at college and discovering that they are simply not prepared to learn, and data suggest that they will probably not succeed there either. Without the right skills and tools, they will be unable to concentrate, and they will be unable to study well," added Kevin Hancock. "Young men, especially for those who are closest to us - right here in Maine - will find our environment the most important step toward a college degree."
Founded in 1808, Bridgton Academy is the only accredited college preparatory school in the nation whose student body is comprised entirely of postgraduate students who attend after high school and before college. Our mission is to ensure that our young men leave with the academic skills, study skills, self-discipline, and self-confidence necessary for success in college.
"At Bridgton Academy, we are known for mentoring our students toward the best college fit," said Hursty. "Like the Alfond Challenge, our BA for ME Grant is another way we can help young people from Maine find their path in life. When compared to the national average as reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a higher percentage of Bridgton Academy alumni actually graduate from college, and they do so in less time. Clearly, our students are prepared for the academic rigors of college."
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