Fort Kent student earns Yale program scholarship

FORT KENT, Maine — Moira Kelly, executive director and president of Exploration Summer Programs at Yale University, has announced the 2019 recipients of the Richard Steele Scholarship, which include a student from Fort Kent Community High School.

Nancy Martin, a freshman, will receive a full scholarship to attend Explo at Yale for three weeks in July and August. In addition, the scholarship provides individualized college counseling, beginning upon each student’s return to high school in the fall and continuing through their acceptance to college.

The Richard Steele Scholarship honors Richard “Dick” Steele for his great support of Exploration Summer Programs (Explo) and his tremendous contributions to the field of college and university admissions.  Born in Lewiston and a graduate of Lewiston High School, Dick Steele earned his A.B. at Harvard College, his master’s degree at the University of Vermont and his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin.

His career in college admissions included leadership positions at Vassar, University of Vermont, Carleton College, and Duke University, before returning to Maine to become dean of admissions at Bowdoin College.  Upon his retirement, Dick became a novelist, continued to work as a consultant to the College Board, taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and became a Trustee of Explo.

As an Explo Trustee, Dick was instrumental in assisting with the development of the Northern Maine Scholarship Program, with a focus on northern Aroostook County.  After his death in the spring of 2010, the program was renamed the Richard Steele Scholarship Program in his honor.

For more than 30 years, Explo has brought together bright, curious, and interesting young people to challenge themselves, discover the world of people and ideas, and experience the joy of innovative summer enrichment programs.  The programs are held on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College and St. Mark’s School.

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