Fort Kent student receives scholarship to attend Yale summer program

3 April 2014

FORT KENT- Lily Brickman of Fort Kent has been selected to receive the Richard Steele Scholarship to attend Explo at Yale for three weeks in July and August. In addition, the scholarship provides individualized college counseling upon Brickman's return to high school in the fall and continues through her acceptance to college.

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Lily Brickman - Contributed image

The Richard Steele Scholarship was established to honor Richard “Dick” Steele for his support of Exploration Summer Programs (Explo) and his tremendous contributions to the field of college and university admissions. 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.

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.

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 learning. Explo offers innovative summer enrichment programs for students in grades 4–12 who hail from across the U.S. and more than 50 countries. The programs are held on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College and St. Mark’s School.


Lily Brickman

Congratulations to Lily and thanks to Richard Steele for providing the opportunity. I would like to hear your story after the experience, please, Lily.

Way to go!

No one deserves it more!