Aroostook Aspirations Initiative is set to host its annual Scholar Weekend from July 15 to 17 with many of the events taking place at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.


The nonprofit organization holds the trainings to help first and second year Gauvin Scholars gain skills they need for success in both college and the workforce.  Many local entrepreneurs will give presentations on topics ranging from job opportunities in Aroostook County and the skills needed for those jobs, to the skills needed to run a successful business and their own business success stories.

The weekend will be divided into two simultaneous trainings: SHANTE (Skills, Habits, Aspirations, Networking, Teamwork, Education) Weekend and AWESOME (Acquire: Wisdom, Experience, Success, Opportunities, Mentors, Energy) Weekend.  SHANTE Weekend will focus on trainings designed to help the 2016 Gauvin Scholars prepare for success in college.  Topics for the trainings will include issues such as fears about college, study habits, stress management, and financial planning.


AWESOME Weekend is designed for second year Gauvin Scholars, 2015 high school graduates, and will focus on professional development and preparing students for the workforce.  Some of the topics for the trainings will include applying for a job, resume writing, a speed interview, professional goal setting, financial planning and etiquette training.  Both the first and second year scholars will participate in a community service project in which they assist in facilitating the Potato Blossom Festival Parade in Fort Fairfield on July 16.

Aroostook Aspirations Initiative is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships, training, networking and internship opportunities for students who wish to attend college and work in Aroostook County.  For more information about Scholar Weekend or Aroostook Aspirations Initiative, contact Executive Director Kristen Wells at (207) 760-0558 or or visit