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Maine Community College System

News Release
Boulos Family Scholarship formed for Maine Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 27, 2005
CONTACT: Alice Kirkpatrick
Tel: (207) 767-0116, ext. 3
Email: akirkpatrick@mccs.me.edu

AUGUSTA, Maine—Beginning next Tuesday, February 1st, Maine veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan in the post-September 11 conflicts can apply for financial support for college under the Boulos Family Scholarship. The Scholarship is funded by a $1 million pledge from Maine businessman Joe Boulos and his wife Sheri.

"We created this scholarship as a way to say thank you to our servicemen and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Joe Boulos. "Sheri and I hope this scholarship shows Maine veterans how proud we are of their service to our country," he said.

The Boulos Family Scholarship can be used at any regionally accredited Maine college or university. The Scholarship amount is based on the average cost of tuition (60 credits) for a two-year degree program at a Maine Community College. Effective January 2005, the total Scholarship amount is $4,080 (based on the $68 per-credit-hour tuition rate).

Joe Boulos announced the gift at a Christmas party he hosted last month for veterans and their families. The Scholarship is being administered by the Maine Community College System, on behalf of the Boulos family.

A web site has been set up to provide veterans and their families with information on the Scholarship at www.boulosscholarship.me.edu. An online application form, which will be active starting February 1, 2005 at 8:00 a.m., must be filled out by applicants and a college official. The Scholarships can be used starting in the current January 2005 semester.

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