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2011 Maine Policy Scholars Present Memos
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2011 Maine Policy Scholars Present Memos

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND - The 2010-2011 class of Maine Policy Scholars presented their policy memos at a special commencement ceremony held at the University of Maine at Augusta. One student from each campus of the University of Maine system pursued a year-long program of applied research on a public policy question facing Maine. The memos can be read at www.mainecf.org.

The 2010-2011 scholars are Anders Beal, University of Maine; Tyler Dufour, University of Maine at Fort Kent; Keren Morin, University of Maine at Presque Isle; Emily Paine, University of Southern Maine; Mary Lynch, University of Maine at Augusta; Geoffrey Cyr, University of Maine at Farmington; and Ryan Martin, University of Maine at Machias.

The scholars presented their findings on charter schools, media literacy, alternative energy, environmental sustainability and other topics to a panel consisting of former Maine Governor Angus King; Dr. Alyson Handley, UMA president; Tony Cox, former economic development director for Town of Bowdoinham; and Kay Rand, consultant at Bernstein Shur Government Solutions.

“The Maine Policy Scholars program is an attempt to give our students an opportunity to experience the public policy process and at the same time make a meaningful contribution to our future,” said King, who is chair of the program.

During the course of the academic year, scholars work with a faculty advisor and a community mentor to tackle a policy issue currently facing Maine. After conducting extensive research, the student produces a final report in the form of a memo to the Governor or appropriate policymaker.

The Maine Policy Scholars program is managed by the Maine Community Foundation with input from an advisory committee comprised of policymakers and friends of the late Peter Cox, who established the fund. For more information, contact Peter Taylor, vice president for program development, by e-mail at ptaylor@mainecf.org or by phone at (207) 564-3236.

A statewide foundation with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, MaineCF partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities. For more information, visit www.mainecf.org or call toll-free 1-877-700-6800.

 

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