On May 5th, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) hosted its Fourth Annual ” Strikes for Scholars” Bowl-a-Thon and Silent Auction Fundraising Event at Bayside Bowl in Portland. Thanks to the support of our bowling teams, sponsors, and donators,the event raised nearly $18,000, all of which will fund scholarships for Maine students enrolled in the building trades, architecture, construction, engineering or business programs at a Maine Community College (MCCS), or the College of Science, Technology & Health at the University of Southern Maine (USM).
MEREDA is keenly aware of the shortage of skilled trades men and women in our great state and is beginning to explore ways in which we may be able to contribute and lend our resources to efforts to help educate, attract, and retain skilled workers, starting with our own students. MEREDA’s “Strikes for Scholars” fundraiser allows us to put our dollars to work for education, and is just one way for us to lend a hand!
We are proud to support Maine students as they prepare for careers that aim to promote MEREDA’s mission of responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout the State. In fact, MEREDA will be donating an additional $5,000 to the fund, bringing the total number of students receiving scholarships to 16! Two students from each of the 7 community colleges, and 2 from the College of Science, Technology & Health at the University of Southern Maine (USM) will each receive a $1500 scholarship from MEREDA!
Special thanks to Landry French / Construction and AAA Energy Service Co. for participating as our Bowl-a-Thon and Silent Auction Sponsors, and our additional sponsors, Mainebiz, GEI Consultants, and Otis | Atwell! We couldn’t have done it without all of you!
Check out more photos from the event here.