A local senior was among those recognized by the University of Maine at Augusta at an Early College Awards Ceremony and luncheon Dec. 8.

Julia Bowden, a senior at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, was one of the students who completed nine or more Early College credits with UMA and maintained a 2.75 GPA or higher.

Bowden said the program provided her with the opportunity to experience the hard work that being a college student requires, which was especially helpful as she is a first-generation college student.

Although she is planning to major in biology, Bowden said she has been mainly focusing on her general education in the Aspirations Program.

UMA President Rebecca M. Wyke addressed those who attended the ceremony and Associate Vice President for Admission Brandy Finck presented the awards.

As part of the awards ceremony, each student received a UMA Early College Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year.

This scholarship will allow the students to continue their studies at UMA after their high school graduation.

UMA’s Early College program enables Maine high school juniors and seniors to take college courses while in high school and earn college credit. The credits earned often can be applied toward a two-year associate or four-year baccalaureate degree.

Available courses include College Writing, Elementary Statistics, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Literature, and U.S. History I.

A link with a brief video about UMA's Early College program with student testimonials can be found at http://bit.ly/ECUMA

For additional information about UMA’s Early College Program, visit https://www.uma.edu/admission/early-college.