SMCC students receive MEREDA scholarships

Two second-year SMCC students have been awarded $1,250 scholarships from the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) for study during the current academic year.

The recipients are:

  • Parastoo Seddiqi. Parastoo, who moved from Iran to Portland in 2013, will graduate with a degree in Architectural and Engineering Design next spring. She is now considering her future options, including possibly transferring to a baccalaureate institution to earn a bachelor’s degree.
  • Nathalie Mitchell. Nathalie, who graduated from Westbrook High School in 2008, will graduate next spring with degrees in both Hospitality Management and Business Administration. After graduation, she hopes to land a job as an event planner, possibly at a bank or someplace similar.

Parastoo and Nathalie are two of 14 Maine community college students to receive scholarships from MEREDA. This is the fourth year the organization has provided scholarships. To qualify, students must be a Maine resident, have financial need, and be enrolled as a second-year student in a building trades, architecture, construction, engineering or business program at a Maine community college.

The funds for the scholarships were raised through MEREDA’s annual “Strikes for Scholars” bowl-a-thon in May. The association’s goal is to raise enough each year to fund at least one scholarship at each of Maine’s community colleges and support Maine students as they prepare for careers in areas of study that promote MEREDA’s mission of responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout the state.

Photo captions: Shelly Clark of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association and Denis Landry, president of Landry/French Construction, present a scholarship check to Nathalie Mitchell. In the other photo, Shelly Clark presents a scholarship check to Parastoo Seddiqi.