PRESQUE ISLE -Â The Harold Alfond College Challenge will hold the Casting Call events 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Aroostook Centre Mall in Presque Isle.The Casting Call events not only help search for fresh Maine baby faces for advertising the program, but give all eligible Maine babies and their families the opportunity to receive help completing the application for the $500 Harold Alfond College Challenge Grant.
Casting call events held last fall and earlier this year attracted over 1,300 Maine babies and assisted in the opening of nearly 1,000 NextGen accounts to receive the $500 grant. There are over 5,800 babies already participating in the program. There are no income limits and no contributions are required to receive the $500 grant. Funds in the NextGen account may be used to pay for qualified higher-education expenses at any accredited post-secondary school, including four-year and two-year public and private colleges, certificate programs, trade schools, and even graduate schools.1
The Alfond Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit corporation established specifically to sponsor and support the Harold Alfond College Challenge. This foundation is a partnership of organizations and individuals who truly embrace Mr. Alfondâ€™s philosophy, and includes representatives from the Maine Compact for Higher Education, FAME, the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, the Maine Community Foundation, the Mitchell Institute, and at-large members that include representatives from MaineGeneral Health and the Maine Hospital Association. To learn more about the Harold Alfond College Challenge, please visit www.500forbaby.org.
Contact Name: Elizabeth Vanderweide
Telephone Number: (800)228-3734