Throughout his life, Jim found satisfaction and purpose in helping people enjoy outdoor recreational activities and expanding their access to it. Through founding the University’s Mainely Outdoors program, he realized a vision of providing UMF students and community members with guided trips, transportation, and the requisite gear so they could learn activity skills and gain a deeper appreciation for many of Maine’s outdoor recreation options.
The James Toner Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a UMF sophomore, in good academic standing, who demonstrates a commitment to continuing his life’s work. The scholarship selection criteria includes demonstrated involvement in academic and/or co-curricular programming that emphasizes the importance of outdoor recreational opportunities as well as programs related to physical fitness, municipal recreation, or sports management. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated participation and leadership in the University’s Mainely Outdoors program and/or UMF’s Fitness and Recreation Center.
Donations of any amount will help grow the scholarship fund in perpetuity and provide UMF students the opportunity to help others derive health, happiness, and wellness from outdoor recreational activities.
Contributions can be made online at www.umf.maine.edu/giving. Just click the “Scholarships” option on the main page and, when prompted to provide the name of the existing scholarship fund to which you wish to designate your gift, please enter “The James Toner Memorial Scholarship.” You may also call the UMF Office of Alumni & Development at 207-778-7090 for assistance.
If you wish to make a gift by check, please make your check payable to “The James Toner Memorial Scholarship” and mail your gift to:
The UMF Office of Alumni & Development
Ferro Alumni Center
242 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938
Thank you. Your gift will make a difference in the life of a UMF student and help provide an enduring legacy that honors Jim.