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March 4, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MBNA FOUNDATION PROVIDES STRONG SUPPORT FOR MAINE LEARNING TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE

          AUGUSTA – Gov. Angus King today announced that the State of Maine has received a pledge of financial support from the MBNA Foundation for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative.  The pledge would provide up to $1 million to the technology initiative over the next five years. 

          “The MBNA Foundation has established itself as a strong partner to many Maine communities through its support of efforts to improve education,” King said in announcing the pledge.  “We are very pleased to have the Foundation become one of our partners in the Maine Learning Technology Initiative.”

            A primary goal of the MBNA Foundation is to help students succeed, and the right understanding of technology is a vital part of success,” said Charlie Cawley of MBNA Corporation. “We think that Maine’s plan is terrific, and we are pleased to support it.”

          The financial support from the MBNA Foundation would be made on an annual basis over the span of five years, with the amount of support determined by the success of the program in making computers available to 7th and 8th grade students and teachers across Maine, and by the state’s continued commitment to the technology initiative.

          Where possible, the support from the MNBA Foundation will focus primarily on the areas and communities served by the Foundation, which include Knox County, Waldo County, Chebeague, Cliff Island, Long Island, Peaks Island, Frenchboro, Islesford, Cranberry Isle, Swans Island, Monhegan Island, MSAD #1, MSAD #9, and MSAD #27.

About the MBNA Foundation: The MBNA Foundation supports a variety of educational needs primarily through the Maine Grants Program and the Maine Scholars Program.  For more information visit www.mbnafoundation.org.

          Contact: Tony Sprague, 287-2531
          Carolyn Marsh (MBNA Foundation), 763-0540