New Gift Establishes Wabanaki Student Development and Success Fund

An anonymous donor has made a $100,000 gift to create the Wabanaki Student Development and Success Fund at the University of Maine Foundation. The fund will assist Native American students pursuing University of Maine degrees “so that they can graduate as tomorrow’s leaders of their communities.”

John Bear Mitchell ’96, ’99G, Wabanaki Center outreach and student development coordinator and lecturer of Wabanaki Studies and Multicultural Studies, worked with the donor to establish the fund. Mitchell says the donor was inspired by another gift that supports pre-law Native American students enrolled in the University of Maine System.