MECA TO PROVIDE $12,000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO GRADUATES OF LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS | People

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MECA TO PROVIDE $12,000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO GRADUATES OF LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS
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In 2010, Maine College of Art completed its vision to bring all academic and studio facilities under the roof of the Porteous Building. In appreciation of the local community that was instrumental in achieving this goal, MECA has created the Portland Area School Scholarship (PASS) for selected area high schools.

For any graduate of the selected schools who qualifies for admission to the undergraduate program at Maine College of Art, the College will provide a guaranteed $12,000 scholarship each year for four years or until they complete the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, provided they maintain good academic standing.

Eighteen years ago, Maine College of Art purchased the Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store with the ambition to transform it into a vibrant campus for art and design. This past year, MECA completed their consolidation goals, bringing together all academic and studio facilities under one roof, providing students with five floors and 200,000 square feet of contiguous space in the heart of the Arts District.  With MECA as the anchor, the Arts District is filled with galleries, performance spaces, studios and creative businesses. It is a national destination for arts and culture.

This scholarship is open to any graduate of the selected high schools, regardless of when they graduated or if they are transferring from another institution. There is no limit to the number of graduates who can take advantage of this offer. With an estimated Fall 2011 tuition of $29,000 this brings the initial tuition cost to approximately $17,000. Students who are eligible can also apply for federal and state aid to further reduce their tuition costs.

“Now, more than ever, students choose a college based on a sense of place,” notes MECA President Don Tuski. “In addition to the rigorous arts education that students receive within our walls, they also have easy access to the vibrant creative community in the Portland area. We are so fortunate for this extended campus. This scholarship is an expression of our appreciation.”

Selected schools include: Cape Elizabeth High School, Casco Bay High School, Catherine McCauley High School, Cheverus High School, Deering High School, Falmouth High School, Gorham High School, Greater Portland Christian Academy, Greely High School, North Yarmouth Academy, Portland Arts & Technology High School, Portland High School, Scarborough High School, South Portland High School, Waynflete, Westbrook High School, Windham High School, and Yarmouth High School. These schools represent institutions within the Greater Portland area that are recognized by the State of Maine to award high school diplomas. Based on enrollment growth, the aim is to expand the list of selected schools. The first scholarships will be awarded for students entering the BFA program in Fall 2011.

In addition to new students, the scholarship applies to currently enrolled MECA BFA students who are graduates from the selected schools.

To qualify for the PASS, applicants need to submit an application and have a portfolio review with an admissions counselor. Contact the Admissions Office at admissions@meca.edu or by calling 800.699.1509. The next Admissions Open House is scheduled for February 26.

Members of the public interested in contributing to the PASS fund should contact the Advancement Office at advancement@meca.edu or call 207.775.5098.

Maine College of Art delivers a demanding and enlivening education in visual art and design within an intimate learning community. We teach each student how to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that serves as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. MECA offers a BFA degree in 10 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education and continuing studies for youths and adults. For more information, see www.meca.edu

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