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Penobscot County residents receive Next Step Scholarships

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BANGOR- The Next Step Maine Scholarship Program has awarded five scholarships to Penobscot County residents. The five students were nominated by their employers for a 2016 Next Step Maine Employee of Promise scholarship because of their outstanding commitment to balancing work and family, and their passion to complete their degree. The recipients are adult learners currently taking college courses to complete their degrees. In total, Maine residents received Next Step Maine scholarships totaling $35,600.

Next Step Maine is a free statewide initiative that awards funds to Maine employees who are currently pursuing a bachelor's degree, associate's degree or certificate program. The recipients were selected from 40 applicants from a variety of Maine companies and many educational institutions. The programis part of the Maine Development Foundation (MDF), a private, non-partisan membership organization that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for the state of Maine. MDF's strategic focus is a productive workforce.

The Penobscot County recipients and their current employers are:

Carrie Hart, OHI
Bruce Hews Jr., Penobscot Community Health Center (Hope House)
Stephanie Mishou, Beal College
Kyle Santosuosso, LifeFlight of Maine
Danielle Thompson, Penobscot Community Health Center

The five scholarship recipients, their employers and family members were recognized at a special breakfast awards ceremony onJune 10 in Augusta.

'We are extremely pleased with the progress the Next Step Maine program is making to help Maine's workforce continue with their education and training,' said Yellow Breen, president of Maine Development Foundation. 'There were double the number of applicants compared to last year and overall we raised $35,600 for scholarship funds, which is double from last year, as well.'

Scholarships are available for employees of Next Step Maine employers - committed employers who have joined a no-cost statewide initiative to advance the educational attainment of Maine's workforce.

Next Step Maine received donations and grant support from Bangor Savings Bank, Cianbro, Maine Chapter Association for Talent Development, Maine Community Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Pratt & Whitney, Renys, Saint Joseph's College and SHRM Maine State Council.

Since 2013, the Next Step Maine program has contributed more than $63,900 in scholarships and helped more than 50 Maine employees attain advanced education in their field. Recent alumni of the program have experienced success in a variety of ways, including pay increases, promotion and career advancement. The goal of the Next Step Maine scholarship program is to support and recognize working adults who are going to school while managing jobs, families, and other responsibilities.

To learn more about Next Step Maine and how to become a Next Step Maine employer, please


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