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PESLSF is a registered 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible within the extent of the law.

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As a growing nonprofit, The Fund is small and volunteer-run with minimal operating overhead. Eighty cents of every dollar donated goes toward scholarships. We want to keep it this way.

We want to change our ability to meet the advanced language needs of Maine's immigrant and refugee communities. Scholarship funding fluctuates based on the contributions received from semester to semester.

For every scholarship awarded, three applicants are turned away due to lack of funds.

Support from individuals, businesses and foundations are needed to ensure that The Fund can grow and meet the needs of the area employers and scholarship recipients. Over the years, PESLSF has expanded the number of scholarships awarded to over 150.

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The Fund's legal name is Portland English as a Second Language Scholarship Fund, which is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible within the extent of the law.