Brownville student receives pair of scholarships

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BROWNVILLE — Autumn Finkle of Brownville, a graduate of Maine Connections Academy (MCA) the state’s first online public charter school, has graduated with a prestigious Mitchell Scholarship as well as a MELMAC scholarship. Finkle will be enrolled this fall as a freshman at Husson University in Bangor, where she plans to study nursing.

The Mitchell Scholarship awards Finkle $10,000, paid out in four annual installments of $2,500. “In an effort to help more Maine students attain higher education,” the scholarship is presented to more than 130 graduating high school seniors throughout the state. The MELMAC scholarship, awarded by the MELMAC Education Foundation, awards $1,500 to a graduating senior from each Maine high school.

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TWO SCHOLARSHIPS — Brownville resident and recent Maine Connections Academy graduate Autumn Finkle has been awarded a Mitchell Scholarship and MELMAC scholarship.

Finkle has been enrolled at MCA since her freshman year. Her favorite high school class was Japanese. In her words, “If you’re not happy or not succeeding at a regular public school, then check out MCA. It allows you to work from home and at your own pace.”

Outside of school, Finkle is a junior member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoys helping veterans, active military and their families. This summer she’s working in Jonesport. Among the many animals Finkle enjoys at home are cockatiels, parakeets, a rabbit and a pit bull.

Maine Connections Academy is the first statewide, tuition-free, online charter school for students in grades 7-12. Now in its sixth year, MCA provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere there is an Internet connection. They enjoy a personalized approach to education, with an award-winning curriculum, certified Maine-based teachers, dynamic electives, cutting-edge technology tools and engaging social activities. For more information visit

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