Alpha One 2014 Scholarship Recipients Announced

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Left to right, back row - Deborah Burgess, Samantha Drain, Rae Cote (accepting on behalf of her son Benjamin), Kim Moody - Disability Rights Center Executive Director, Front row - Dennis Fitzgibbons, Alpha One Executive Director

The winners of the 12th Annual Alpha One Powering Education Scholarship were recognized last week, in a ceremony that took place at Alpha One's South Portland headquarters.

This annual scholarship was established by Alpha One to assist people with disabilities who wish to pursue post-secondary education. This years key note address was given by Kim Moody, Executive Director of Maine's Disability Right's Center.  


In attendance were former scholarship winners, AO board members & staff and  members of the local business community.

The scholarship provides $6,000 distributed among three candidates who are accepted into post-secondary school education, including undergraduate college education as well as graduate programs. This year's recipients are:

  • Deborah Burgess graduated from Gorham High School magna cum laude, and is in her first year at St Joseph’s College, majoring in Nursing. She was also a student in the medical occupations course in Westbrook, giving her a Personal Support Specialist (PSS) certificate, as well as CPR and First Aid certifications. She volunteers at Maine Medical Center year-round and the Pine Tree Camp in the summer.
  • Samantha Drain is a senior at Windham High School. She has been accepted at the University of Maine Farmington, majoring in Biology.  Samantha has the distinction of being the first female to play football at Windham High, playing on the offensive and defensive lines. She has volunteered at Big Brothers and various other charities.
  • Ben Cote grew up in Saco and graduated from Waynflete School in Portland. He is presently living in San Diego, CA, and is working towards his master’s in Social Work at San Diego State University this summer. He plans to become a clinical social worker, specializing in providing counseling services to people with disabilities. He has worked at several local high schools as an Ed Tech and tutor, providing one-on-one support, and is presently working as a Community Support Facilitator, providing in-house support for a gentleman with multiple disabilities. 

Benjamin Cote's mother, Rae accepted the award on his behalf. We wish them all the best in their ongoing studies and beyond.

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