2012-11-09 / Community

Tuna tournament draws scholarships

It may sound like a fish tale, but it’s the truth: the Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament donated $35,000 to five Maine community colleges, including Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

Now in its 15th year, Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament has raised a total $335,000 for Maine community colleges. The tournament, which runs out of Spring Point Marina in South Portland each August, originally sought to create an endowment of $100,000 for SMCC. Now, the endowment has reached more than $140,000 and the interest on the account allows the SMCC Foundation to award $1,000 scholarships to six students each year.

“The steady and generous support that Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament has shown SMCC over the years has helped many students gain an education and get a job in the Maine economy,” said SMCC President Ron Cantor. “With low annual tuition of $2,580 for our full-time Maine students, those scholarships are immensely helpful. We’re very grateful for Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament’s continued aid, particularly in this challenging economy.”

The original tournament was hosted by the Grondin family from their cottage on Sturdivant Island in Casco Bay. As it grew, it moved to Spring Point Marina and became a public tournament. In the latest tournament, 40 boats each paid $400 to participate.

“It’s fun and we’re able to help some students get an education at the same

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