Island Institute awards scholarships to island students

Posted 2017-07-06

By Staff / Village Soup

The Island Institute recently awarded scholarships to 71 island students pursuing post-secondary education at colleges, universities and technical schools across the United States and Canada.

The scholarships, made possible by the Island Education Fund, totaled $55,300. Students from 12 of the 15 year-round, unbridged islands received awards, which are renewable for up to four years of post-secondary education. Of these students, eight island students received special named awards:

Imogen Moxhay (Smith College) of Peaks Island and Taylor Littlefield (University of New England) of Vinalhaven received renewal awards for the Louis W. Cabot Academic and Community Leadership Scholarship, given to a student who exemplifies academic excellence and who is recognized by peers, teachers and the community as personifying the true spirit of leadership in service to others.

Lance Bishop (Maine Maritime Academy) of Frenchboro received the renewal S. Parkman Shaw Scholarship, given to a college upperclassman who demonstrates not only successful academic growth and achievement during his or her college career, but also the capacity to overcome unique challenges and/or difficult circumstances.

Polina Walsh (Norwich University) of Vinalhaven received the Sweet Scholarship, awarded to a graduating senior who exemplifies a combination of academic excellence and leadership. Trevor Farrelly (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) of Vinalhaven, Autumn Johnson (Bowdoin College) of Islesboro, and Amelia Mitchell (Hamilton College) of Peaks Island were also awarded renewal Sweet Scholarships.

Nicholas Cushman (California Polytechnic State University) of Peaks Island received the Seth Jordan Memorial Fund Scholarship, awarded to a graduating high school senior of high academic standing in Casco Bay.

The Island Institute also accepted 16 high school juniors (rising seniors who will graduate in 2018) into its newly launched Mentoring, Access, and Persistence Program. Based upon national research, MAP combines post-secondary scholarships with wraparound support services in an effort to support students to persist through post-secondary graduation.

In addition to scholarship support, students will have access to a summer leadership intensive, monthly webinars, a peer mentor and individualized support from Island Institute staff. MAP programming for the MAP18 Scholars kicked off in March with a training for students and their families and will continue in July with a three-day leadership intensive.

For more information on the MAP Program and other scholarship and transition support offered by the Island Institute, visit