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UMaine Today Magazine

The University of Maine Foundation

Mount Katahdin
Mount Katahdin

Photo by George Dooley

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At the start of each academic year, a new group of University of Maine students spends 48 hours roughing it in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin. On the Onward Program camping trip to Baxter State Park, the mostly nontraditional-age men and women among them, laid-off workers looking for a better career, single parents who want a better future for their children, first-generation college students and persons with disabilities begin bonding into what quickly becomes a close-knit group. All share their hopes and fears about taking that first step to becoming students, members of a community of learners.

With its unique academic support system, Onward prepares these students for success in college and beyond. Today, Onward alumni can be found pursuing careers in education, social work, nursing, art, forestry and many other fields.

This past spring, the New England Board of Higher Education recognized the success of UMaine's Onward Program with a regional merit award.

To assist UMaine Onward students, the Jerry Ellis Scholarship Fund was established at the University of Maine Foundation in honor of Gerald C. Ellis, director of the University of Maine College Success Program, for his 33 years of dedicated service to the Onward Program.




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