December 15th, 2017



Austin Steward is a Junior from Colebrook, New Hampshire and he is a recipient of the the Class of 1952 Scholarship. Austin’s family’s UMaine legacy began with the Class of 1952.

“[The Class of 1952] was my grandfather’s class…I got to meet the class members before I came and I was invited to [1952’s] class reunion. It was great to be invited.  The support from [donors to the Class of 1952 Scholarship] allows me not to worry and focus on other things like my education.”

Austin is a Bioengineering major in the College of Engineering as well as a member of the Honors College. As part of his Honors thesis, Austin is currently working on a project, advised by Dr. Caitlyn Howell, aiming to remove arsenic from Maine drinking water. One of the goals of this project, entitled “Arsenic Remediation from Maine Drinking Water”, is to also bring awareness to this important topic. Arsenic water contamination affects not only the people of Maine, it impacts many people around the world and their access to clean drinking water.

Austin is also very involved with Greek Life on campus. Last year, Austin was the vice president of his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, and he was recently elected the Vice President of UMaine’s Interfraternity Council. Austin is also the Dancer Relations Chair for the Black BearTHON, which is the University of Maine’s chapter of the Children’s Miracle Network’s annual Dance Marathon fundraiser.  These nationwide dance marathons have raised millions of dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. And last year, UMaine’s chapter raised over $46,000 for the cause. Having been a dance participant in the past, Austin is excited to serve as an executive for for the next Black BearTHON in February of 2018.

This past summer, Austin helped welcome and acclimate new students to UMaine during summer orientation as a part of Team Maine. Team Maine is a part of UMaine Admissions which hires a group of outstanding students who embody the spirit of being a Black Bear. These students are often some of the first interactions new students have with the university as they visit for campus tours, come to open houses, and orientation events.

Upon graduation of the University of Maine, Austin will be furthering his education at the Tufts University School of Medicine. He was one of three students admitted in his sophomore year as part of the prestigious Maine Track Early Admissions Program.

“Giving to the [Class of] 1952 Scholarship helps pass on a legacy and their traditions on campus…[receiving a scholarship] allows for students to get further involved….When someone gives back to a scholarship, it means they enjoyed their time here [at UMaine].”