College Exploration and Engagement

A college preparation and transition program that supports students with learning about, preparing for and successfully transitioning toward college.

Beginning in 2019 and building upon our existing EdGE and Maine Seacoast Mission Scholarship programs, we introduced a new college readiness program for high school students centered on college preparation, persistence and completion. Working in close collaboration with partner high schools and colleges, both programs provide opportunity for more Downeast students to explore, prepare for and persist through higher education pathways.

What it is:

A college preparation and transition program that supports students with learning about, preparing for and successfully transitioning toward college.

Who it serves:

  • Rising sophomores from Sumner and Narraguagus High Schools
  • Students who will be the first members of their immediate families to graduate from a four-year college
  • Motivated students with a minimum 2.5 GPA who
    complete program application
  • An anticipated cohort of 15-20 students selected each year

Program elements:

  • Annual overnight retreat on a college campus
  • Monthly college preparation workshops/opportunities/experiences
  • Weekly 1:1 check-ins and support
  • College Trips
  • Family Workshops
  • Graduation celebration
  • Additional incentives for progress through and completion of the program

Where it is:

  • Local college campus (for annual retreat)
  • Sumner and Narraguagus High Schools
  • EdGE Center in Cherryfield

When it begins:

Summer 2020 for Class of 2023 Cohort