Founders Ray and Sandy Gauvin, with help from County native Jason Parent, launched the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative program on April 13, 2013. Funded initially by the Gauvin Fund, Aroostook Aspirations Initiative and its allies are dedicated to helping the young students of Aroostook County, Maine, realize their dreams of attending college through scholarship and maintaining a successful career, stemming the out migration of youth from the county and giving a boost to the Northern Maine economy.
The organization strives to educate students about the educational opportunities available to them right here in Aroostook County, Maine. AAI has worked extensively with businesses, superintendents, principals, guidance directors and teachers to ensure that all students are aware of these opportunities. Each year, Aroostook Aspirations Initiative awards college scholarships and grants to students across the county to help them pay for college expenses. In addition, AAI has created several support programs to ensure successful college completion for the scholars.
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