The historic Merrill Hall at the University of Maine at Farmington. Credit: Photo courtesy of the University of Maine at Farmington

The University of Maine at Farmington is expecting to receive a $3.3 million gift, interim President Eric Brown told faculty and staff in a Monday email.

Brown called the donation “historic” and “transformative,” and said in his email that it’s being made by “two donors who wish to remain anonymous.”

“The timing of this gift could hardly be better, as we continue to navigate our way out of significant budgetary constraints, and is in keeping with reinvigorated efforts in advancement this year,” he wrote, in part.

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Brown wrote that the gift will be used to invest in a scholarship program, expansion of mental health services, new academic programming for graduate and first-year students, and the addition of a new grants writer.

The $3.3 million donation would be the second largest University of Maine at Farmington has ever received. In 2002, the school was reportedly given $5 million by an anonymous donor for its Emery Community Arts Center.

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Last year, the late UMF graduate and retired Portland teacher T. Margaret Brown left more than $700,000 to the school for its scholarship fund in what was described at the time as the second largest gift the university has ever received.

In terms of value, a collection of rare and historic maps worth an estimated $100 million given to the University of Southern Maine last year by Dr. Harold and the late Peggy Osher was described as the largest gift made to any university in the University of Maine System.

The University of Maine Foundation reported that it had raised a new all-time high of $36.9 million in fiscal year 2018, representing a 115 percent increase over the previous year.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.