If you consider Washington County your home and plan to stay here, the Gracie Fund can help you repay your student loans.

Washington County residents who have completed post-secondary education within the last five years and are building a professional and personal life in Washington County are eligible to apply for student loan repayment awards of up to $5,000 from the Gracie Fund at the Maine Community Foundation. In exchange, recipients participate in volunteer activities while working in their preferred field.

The deadline for applications is July 15, 2021. Complete guidelines and application form are available through the Maine Community Foundation and the Sunrise County Economic Council, which jointly administer the Gracie Fund. Visit www.sunrisecounty.org/workforcedevelopment/gracie-fund, or call 207-255-0983 for information.

“The Gracie Fund was started by an anonymous donor who wanted to make it easier for those who love Washington County to begin their careers there,” says MaineCF Director of Educational Initiatives Cherie Galyean. “We look forward to helping a new round of Gracie recipients develop professional and personal roots in the area.”