Scholarships for Central Maine Students

Recognizing the barriers of economic reality, Bates pledges to make a high-quality education accessible to all admitted students regardless of family circumstances.

Founded in 2004, the Alonzo Garcelon Society raises scholarship funds for students from surrounding communities in Androscoggin County, who attend Bates.

Named for Lewiston native and former governor, Alonzo Garcelon — who persuaded the Rev. Oren Cheney, Bates’ founder, to locate his new institution in Lewiston — the fund is about halfway to the $1 million endowment it hopes to raise by 2008.

Did You Know?

Historian David Garcelon and Bates President Elaine Tuttle Hansen stand with two of the four 2007-08 Androscoggin Scholars: William Locke, left, and Hannah Giasson, far right.

In 2003, Bates spent nearly $260,000 in direct grants to 21 students from Lewiston, Auburn and other towns in Androscoggin County.