View photographs from the Partnership’s Annual Dinner, December 3, 2015
UMF’s Partnership Receives Grant from Franklin Savings Bank
The University of Maine at Farmington was recently notified by officials at Franklin Savings Bank that their Community Development Foundation has awarded a three-year grant totaling $45,000 to UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement.
“We are indeed proud of the considerable accomplishments of the UMF Partnership for Civic Advancement,” stated Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “In addition, we are deeply grateful for the Franklin Savings Bank’s Community Development Foundation’s valued support of the community-university partnerships we have formed to take our students beyond our campus and immerse them in learning experiences that address local, regional, State, and global issues under the guidance of their faculty and community mentors.”
The goal of UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement is to engage students in meaningful community-based activities. These are designed in collaboration with the western Maine community to address community needs and economic and community development priorities, and with students and faculty, to achieve specific learning objectives of the students.
In making this award, Peter Judkins, President and CEO of Franklin Savings Bank stated, “Franklin Savings Bank is pleased to be able to help provide internship opportunities for young people through the Partnership for Civic Advancement. An internship is an excellent place to test the waters for a career while gaining valuable experience.”
The community-based student internship program is a key component of the Partnership, matching the skills and interests of undergraduate student interns and faculty mentors with the needs of small businesses and community organizations. Through these internships, students gain valuable work and life experiences and develop the professional, civic and leadership skills they need, while small businesses and community organizations have access to important resources that help them be successful.
Since its launch in 2012, the Partnership’s internship program has grown by more than 300 percent, and new components of the program have been initiated, including volunteerism and leadership training and education.
“This award from the Franklin Savings Bank Community Development Foundation will provide the needed scholarship support to permit our most committed students to work with various community organizations, agencies and businesses to advance the priorities of our community partners, while the students acquire a range of new educational, professional and leadership skills,” said Celeste Branham, UMF vice president for student and community services.
In recognition of Franklin Savings Bank Community Development Foundation’s support of the Partnership and its projects throughout the community, interns sponsored through the Foundation’s support are known as the UMF-Franklin Savings Bank Interns.
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