CMCC students earn Next Generation Personal Finance scholarships

AUBURN — Five students at Central Maine Community College were honored recently as recipients of Next Generation Personal Finance scholarships.
The students participated in an online activity offered by NGPF, the Payback Challenge, then wrote an essay about how the activity generated dialogue in their family about budgeting for college.

Students receiving scholarships are Kayla Thayer of Auburn; Amber Lewis of Lewiston; Micayla Hill of Minot; Kelly Pinette of Brunswick and William Rolfe of West Paris.
They are the first collegiate recipients of this scholarship in the nation. While the Payback Challenge was originally conceived as a high school contest, NGPF officials reported that because of the strong case made by TRIO advisor Jannie Durr that community college students would benefit from the program, they selected the five students from the TRIO program at CMCC.
The federal TRIO program focuses on assisting first-generation, low income or disabled students to succeed in higher education. TRIO staff help students with academic advising, time and money management, financial aid, accessing college resources, and access to cultural enrichment opportunities.
NGPF is a free personal finance curriculum and professional development partner that helps educators deliver essential money understanding in an easy-to-grasp, engaging way. More information is available at

PHOTO: Scholarship recipients from left, Kayla Thayer of Auburn; Kelly Pinette of Brunswick; Amber Lewis of Lewiston; William Rolfe of West Paris; and Micayla Hill of Minot. (Submitted photo)

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