Andrew Gustafson in a hard hat
Our student gratitude story this week features Crispin Kamundala, a 4th-year political science student with a double minor in legal studies and foreign affairs. He received the John M. Nickerson scholarship.

The John Mitchell Nickerson University of Maine Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Maine at Orono was established in 2014 by the University of Maine Foundation with a bequest from John M. Nickerson, a member of the Class of 1959. This fund endows merit-based scholarships to be awarded to those juniors and seniors majoring in political science who are residents of the State of Maine, who have demonstrated scholarship of the highest order, and who have the greatest potential to serve the public unselfishly. 

Kamundala certainly emanates this, as he aspires to work for the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service as a consular officer, before returning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to either become an immigration lawyer or work as a consular officer in an embassy. Crispin’s story serves to further emphasize how vital donor endowments are to our students, and the great things they help our students to accomplish in their future. 

Crispin Kamundala was also featured on UMaine News, as a 2022 recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, where he is currently studying abroad in Lyon, France, to deepen his understanding of US/EU relations and strengthen his French “legalese.” To read more about his story, click here.