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Maine Day of Giving was a great success! Our total for 2021 is $810,924! What a great way to come together from near or far to celebrate our wonderful Maine Day tradition. THANK YOU!

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Maine Day of Giving is a 24-hour day of philanthropy at the University of Maine which coincides each year with Maine Day. UMaine alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends can participate in Maine Day service from anywhere by making a gift to support what they love about the College of Our Hearts Always.
Joe and Sue Cyr

University of Maine Foundation Announces $100,000 Maine Day of Giving Gift

University of Maine Foundation President Jeffery Mills announced the receipt of a $100,000 gift today to kick off the annual Maine Day of Giving event led by the Foundation. Donors Joe and Sue Cyr of Old Town have provided $50,000 to name a biomedical engineering prep lab in the Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center, $40,000 to support the MaineMBA program and up to $10,000 as a Maine Day of Giving matching challenge to support gifts to the Collins Center for the Arts. 

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“Over the course of our lives, we have had the opportunity to observe the countless services, contributions and good deeds made by the University of Maine Foundation to the citizens, students and local community, and Maine as a whole,” said the Cyrs. “We believe these actions should be recognized, rewarded and encouraged.”


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In order to create long-term support and encourage much-needed short-term support for the Collins Center for the Arts, loyal philanthropists Joe and Sue Cyr have offered to put $1 in an endowed fund for every $1 donated to the CCA gift fund on Maine Day of Giving–up to $10,000! WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE MATCHING CHALLENGE WAS COMPLETED!! 

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CCB Construction Pledge to UMaine Engineering

CCB Construction Services of Westbrook has pledged $25,000 to the Engineering and Computing Infrastructure Fund. Their gift will name a Mechanical Engineering faculty office in the Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center for CCB, Inc. and will help leverage the Harold Alfond Foundation’s UMS Transforms matching grant.


“As we know, the prosperity and technical growth of our state and surrounding communities is reliant upon UMaine being able to attract, educate and retain our future leaders.  Hopefully, our small piece in that investment helps make a difference!”    


Marc E. Belanger Jr., President CCB Construction Services

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PTC Kepware Invests in Scholarships

PTC Kepware of Portland is giving $22,500 to renew three scholarships for students in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMaine. The company promotes a pipeline of Black Bear talent through its scholarships and internship programs.

“PTC is thrilled to be able to offer three scholarships for University of Maine Electrical & Computer Engineering degree candidates.  Our partnership with the University of Maine, in general, and specifically with the ECE program has been extremely rewarding. It provides our team the ability to contribute to the advancement of STEM in our state as well as recruit top degree candidates through our internship program to full-time positions on our staff in Portland, working on the leading industrial connectivity platform on the market.”

Doug Tedder, Senior Director Software Development, PTC Kepware

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$100,000 Maine Day of Giving Pledge to Support Athletics Master Facilities Plan

An anonymous donor has made a Maine Day of Giving Pledge of $100,000 to support the $20 million Harold Alfond Foundation matching challenge for the master facilities plan for the University of Maine athletic department. UMaine unveiled the transformative $110 million athletic facilities master plan in February. The initiative, funded with a commitment of $90 million from the Harold Alfond Foundation, honors Harold Alfond’s legacy of support for Maine education and athletics. It will deliver facility improvements benefitting all 17 varsity programs at Maine’s only Division I athletic program. 


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Anonymous Gift to Support Scholarship Endowment

Friends of the University of Maine announced today that they will be establishing an endowed scholarship worth approximately $400,000 in support of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.


About Maine Day

President Arthur Hauck, who established Maine Day in 1935, said that a successful Maine Day accomplishes three things:

The Campus, through work projects, becomes a more attractive place.
We foster the spirit of friendliness and cooperation which we like to identify as the Maine spirit.
We strengthen our loyalty to one another and to the University.

Maine Day of Giving is an annual event that keeps the spirit of Maine Day alive whether you are on campus for Maine Day or celebrating from afar.

Make a gift of at least $20 and you will receive a set of two UMaine car cupholder coasters as a thank you gift! 

Look for your coasters in the mail soon!

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Make a gift to support what you love about the College of Our Hearts Always!

Michael Bourque '89

“As a proud UMaine alumnus I give annually. This year I chose to support the Southern Maine Executive Club of the University of Maine Today and Tomorrow Scholarship. This scholarship helps students with the costs of today while building the endowment for UMaine’s next generation of students. I encourage you to show your support to the University of Maine on Maine Day of Giving.”

Meg Thompson Villarreal '61

“When I arrived on campus, I drove into my life there with unbridled enthusiasm. Classes, activities, organizations, dorm life, I wanted to be part of it all. And it was this that shaped me, gave me invaluable life experiences and allowed me to fail, try again and move on. Now, through my giving to the University–scholarships, events, targeted needs–I hope I am giving today’s students a chance at those same opportunities. It is the best and least that each of us can do.”
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Matt Ingraham '21

“This scholarship means so much to me not only for the monetary value, but also for the recognition and belief in my hard work.”
Charles Stanhope

Charles Stanhope '71

“I established the Honors College Study Abroad Fellowship Endowment fund to celebrate the excellent UMaine undergraduate education I received. I had opportunities in my work to travel around the country and the world. Those travel opportunities taught me about the places I visited and I have also discovered what made Maine a special place for me. I am very happy that my fund helps UMaine students travel as part of their undergraduate education, something I wasn’t able to do.”