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Mount Vernon Couple Endow Scholarship

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

CONTACTS: Karen Hamilton
(207) 767-0116 x 4;

AUGUSTA , Me. - The generosity of Al and Eleanor George will be felt by generations of Community College students pursuing careers in health care thanks to a $211,644 gift from the couple’s estate. The gift will be used to establish the Al and Eleanor George Endowed Scholarship for students enrolled in health care programs, who desire an emphasis in elder care, at two Maine Community Colleges: Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield and Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

“They believed in education and helping students who may not have the opportunities others have,” said Sue Liebling, a close friend of the family who represents the couple’s estate.

Liebling described the couple as “very thrifty people who never spent money on themselves.” Liebling said they saved their entire lives, did not have children, and wanted to establish the scholarship to help others.

Al George served in the Marine Corps during World War II and worked as an electrician and electrical inspector for 28 years before retiring to Mount Vernon with his wife Eleanor in 1979. He passed away in November 2004. Eleanor George worked as a nursery school teacher and was an active volunteer. She passed away in May 2005.

MCCS President John Fitzsimmons said, “Al and Eleanor George represent the best of Maine. They spent their entire lives quietly contributing to their community. The endowed scholarship fund will mean that their legacy of giving will continue forever. Each year we will celebrate their lives by helping Maine students achieve their dreams of a college degree.”

To qualify for the scholarship students must have a financial need and be enrolled in a health care program—and indicate a preference for elder care—at either Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield or Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. Recipients must be Maine residents for at least one year prior to enrolling.

The endowment is expected to generate over $10,000 a year in scholarship funds that will be divided equally between the two colleges. The number of scholarships, the scholarship amounts, and the recipients will be chosen by the respective college president.

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