ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine Foundation is seeking nominations to honor five UM alumni who were able to earn an education and go on to contribute to their profession and their community in momentous ways because of the scholarship assistance they received at the university.

The foundation is planning a 75th anniversary celebration June 9 where the selected alumni will be honored.

The purpose of the University of Maine Foundation to nurture academic achievement, foster research and elevate intellectual pursuit at the University of Maine.

The tradition of scholarships from the foundation began June 9, 1934, when the UM Class of 1909 presented a $1,000 check to the newly formed foundation. The organization’s investment of that gift and the many gifts that came after it has resulted in total assets now exceeding $185 million. This includes $145 million of endowed funds that provide scholarships and other forms of financial support for UM students, faculty and programs.

Members of the selection committee that will review nominations are appointed by the foundation and include volunteers with a strong commitment to the university and knowledge of its history.

Robert Daigle, a 1971 UM graduate and president and chief executive officer of Camden National Corp., will chair the selection committee.

Nominees for the award must be UM graduates who have not been honored previously by the university, its alumni association or the foundation. Nominees must be living, active in their profession and-or community and must be noted for their dedication, advancement and commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

Names may be submitted by mail to the University of Maine Foundation, 75th Anniversary Selection Committee, Two Alumni Place, Orono 04469-5792, or by e-mail at round@maine.edu.

Those submitting nominations should include their name, address, telephone number and e-mail address with their submission no later than Friday, Sept. 19.

The foundation’s offices are located at UM’s Buchanan Alumni House and the Web site is http://www.umainefoundation.org.