July 29, 2010
The 2010 recipient of the Madeleine D. Giguère Scholarship at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College has been announced. Kessi Watters Kimball, an Arts & Humanities major at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, received an award of $1000. The scholarship is named for Professor Madeleine D. Giguère and is given by the Franco American Collection Board of Directors. Board member Maureen Perry presented the scholarship to Watters Kimball during the USM LAC Graduation and Recognition Ceremony in May. “The establishment and growth of the Franco-American Collection at USM LAC is due in large part to Professor Giguère’s efforts”, says Perry. “This scholarship is a fitting memorial to her life’s work.” The Collection awards up to three $1000 scholarships each year. To be eligible a student must be enrolled in a degree program at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, demonstrate an interest in French North American Studies and/or in the local Franco-American community, and maintain a 3.0+ grade point average.
The University of Southern Maine’s Franco-American collection is one of the largest repositories of Franco-American archival material in the State of Maine. The Collection’s holdings cover local history, government, religion, language, education, industry, sports and the arts. The mission of the Collection is to develop and promote interest in and study of Franco-American culture and history on the part of the University community, academic community, and the community at large. The Collection focuses on Lewiston-Auburn and other areas of Maine, with additional regional materials providing a link to the wider contexts of French North America. The Collection is located on USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus, 51 Westminster St. in Lewiston. Hours of operation and more information are available online at www.usm.maine.edu/lac/franco or by calling 753-6545.