CALAIS _ Golfers from around Washington County, Maine and Charlotte County, New Brunswick will be on the links in July swinging their clubs help fund the Washington County Community College Direct-to-Student Scholarship Fund and “hopefully” win a new truck.
The 14th annual WCCC Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 11. More than 120 golfers are expected to participate in this year’s 4 person scramble at the beautiful St. Croix Country Club in Calais.
There will be two shotgun starts at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
What separates this fund raiser from others is not only a fun golf day, but also the outpouring of support from businesses and individuals in the two counties who do not play golf but make a yearly scholarship donation to assist a WCCC student. Each year, $250 and $500 scholarships are donated to the WCCC Direct-to-Student Scholarship Fund. These scholarships can make a significant difference as to whether a student stays in school or not. Because money is raised in both Maine and New Brunswick, scholarships are presented to students from both sides of the international border.
The scholarship drive is also about fun. Again this year, for the lucky golfer who hits a hole-in-one on the first hole, there will be a chance to win a brand new truck. There are many giveaways and other vacation prizes that a golfer would be able to win throughout the tournament. Tournament co-sponsor Ian Pratt of Pratts Chevrolet on the River Road in Calais is the sponsor of that prize.
All scholarship donations raised go directly to the students. As in the past, donors are able to create their scholarship in their name or their business’ name, or in memory of a loved one. Or, the scholarship can be anonymous. Donors choose the program of study they wish to support and create the scholarship criteria. A $250 or more donations is presented to the deserving student at the end of the year. And it is all tax deductible to the donor.
“Although it was a tough winter for many of our generous donors with snow reaching almost to the top of most one-story buildings, the donations already have started to come in,” WCCC President Joe Cassidy said. “People believe in this scholarship program and they believe in this college. So no matter how tough Mother Nature is, donors still want to be a part of changing a student’s life.”
Those donors who already have contributed include: Andel Construction Service LLC, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Downeast Region, Dr. Brian Hoops, Calais Ace Home Center, Calais IGA, Calais Motor Inn Scholarship, Cassidy Family Book Scholarship, Churchill Family Scholarship, Dead River Company, Downeast Credit Union, EBS Building Supply, Harold Howland Family Scholarship, Ken and Jane Brooks Family Scholarship, Lally-Mitchell Scholarship Fund, Mingo Construction, PCT Communications, Riverside Electric, Inc., Roger’s Auto Sales, St. Croix Regional Technical Center, St. Croix Valley Foundation, Sunrise Eye Care, Tammi Smith Tax and Accounting, the International Motel, WCCC Student Senate, WCCC Student Senate and WQDY Inc.,
WCCC was named one of the 10 percent community colleges in the USA by the Aspen Institute and the 46th best community college in the USA by the Best Schools.org. In addition the college was named in the top 25 best community colleges in the USA by the Washington Monthly.
Anyone who would like to participate in the scholarship program can send their donation to Tina Erskine at Washington Community College, One College Drive, Calais, ME 04619. Make checks payable to the WCCC 2015 Scholarship Fund. For more information about the golf tournament or the scholarship program call Tina at 454-1002.