2015-03-13 / Community

Area chamber of commerce supports scholarships

The South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce supports students from South Portland and Cape Elizabeth high schools with scholarships to attain higher education.

The chamber awards $4,800 annually for scholarships to two students, one from each high school, for a repeating four-year scholarship. This year the chamber announced an additional gift of $4,000. The figure represents the proceeds from last summer's Movies at Bug Light. It will go into a special matching grant program, which will fund a scholarship for second, third, fourth and fifth year college students. The weekly movies were free to the public, were family-oriented and attracted hundreds of area residents to Bug Light Park. The city of South Portland was a major partner in the series.

The chamber administers scholarships for both schools through its partner, South Portland High School Dollars for Scholars.

Linda Cohen, president of the South Portland/ Cape Elizabeth Chamber, said, “We look forward to continuing these important partnerships to provide exposure for local businesses, free recreational events for local citizens, and money for higher education for local students. We offer our sincere thanks to everyone involved in these extraordinary efforts.”

Sponsorships to the movie series from the following donors funded the scholarship program: Kaplan University, Key Bank, Inn By The Sea, Texas Instruments, Texan Instruments DLP, SP/CE Rotary Club, Village Crossing, Mainely Wireless, Two Lights Dental, Saco Biddeford Savings, Ainsworth Thelin Raftice, Amica Mutual Insurance, Sea Dogs, Pape Chevrolet , Northeast Media Associates, National Distributors, Evergreen Credit Union, Bangor Savings Bank, Portland Pipeline, O'Hare Associates, Joe's Boathouse and Edward Jones.

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