2016-08-12 / Community

SMCC gets sizeable scholarship money


Mary Louise Williams Haskell shown with her granddaughter, Zoe Fowler, at SMCC’s May 22 commencement. (Courtesy photo) Mary Louise Williams Haskell shown with her granddaughter, Zoe Fowler, at SMCC’s May 22 commencement. (Courtesy photo) The Southern Maine Community College Foundation has received two sizeable donations toward scholarships in support of student success.

The donations total more than $42,000 and will benefit students in SMCC’s Early Childhood Education and Precision Machining programs.

The scholarships are:

The Mary Louise Williams Haskell Scholarship. Mary Louise Williams Haskell of Yarmouth donated stock valued at more than $30,000 just prior to her death to establish an endowed scholarship in her name that will benefit Early Childhood Education students each year in perpetuity. The scholarship will be awarded starting in the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Gene Haas Scholarship. The Gene Haas Foundation, based in California, donated $12,500 to provide scholarships to Precision Machining students over the next two years.

“Many students wouldn’t be able to complete their studies without the generosity of our donors,” said SMCC President Ron Cantor. “These contributions enhance opportunities for our students to achieve their academic goals at a time when a college degree or certification has never been more valuable.”

Haskell died in June at the age of 94. In the year before her death, she decided she wanted to establish a college scholarship that would benefit Early Childhood Education students, according to Sarah Haskell, one of her daughters.

“She wanted to make a difference and she especially wanted to make a difference in the field of Early Childhood Education,” Sarah Haskell said. “She was passionate in her belief that a person’s early childhood experience and education is the foundation for a happy and successful life.”

Coincidentally, Mary Louise Williams Haskell attended SMCC’s May 22 commencement to watch her granddaughter graduate. Zoe Fowler is Sarah Haskell’s daughter and earned a degree in Behavioral Health.

The Gene Haas Foundation provides scholarships to community colleges, high schools and special educational programs that help build skills within the machining industry.

The Gene Haas Scholarship will be awarded to six Precision Machining students who will receive approximately $2,000 each over the coming two years.

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