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Colby graduate donates $2.5 million for student aid to Maine students - CentralMaine.com

Source Date: 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

WATERVILLE — A graduate of Colby College has given the school $2.5 million, which will be dedicated entirely to financial aid for Maine students.

In a news release from Colby, the college announced that Steve Ford, who graduated from the college in 1968 and is a native of Gardiner, has committed to providing the support for Maine students at Colby, where he received financial aid and has family ties.

Steve Ford and his wife, Mary, have been consistent contributors to Colby College over the last several decades. Their latest gift amounts to $2.5 million and is dedicated to providing financial aid to students from the state of Maine.

Steve Ford and his wife, Mary, have been consistent contributors to Colby College over the last several decades. Their latest gift amounts to $2.5 million and is dedicated to providing financial aid to students from the state of Maine. Photo courtesy of Colby College

Ford, who is on the Colby Alumni Council Executive Committee, was president of his class and was the chairman of its 50th reunion. The class of 1968 celebrates its 50th reunion in June, and its reunion gift total is nearly $16 million.

Ford has donated more than $3.5 million to Colby over the years.

“Colby helped me financially so I was able to attend,” Ford said. “It was important to me that the college invested in me, so I want to give back.”

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