The Maine Sunday Telegram reported Nov. 30 (“UMaine-Fort Kent finds winning combination”) that the University of Maine at Fort Kent provides $174,000 in annual athletic scholarships and that most of that money goes to international student-athletes.

Given the insufficient allocation of our tax dollars for the K-12 and college education of Maine’s children, why are we spending any tax dollars to educate non-Mainers?

If that much money is spent at Fort Kent, is it possible that the total for scholarships for non-Mainers in the entire University of Maine System is over $1 million a year?

A related question is: Why do we have athletic scholarships at all? Do they assist Maine students in finding jobs in our 21st-century economy?

Morrison Bonpasse

Newcastle