The gift comes from the estate of a man who graduated from the school’s forestry program seventy years ago.
George Houston, class of 1937, left his alma mater $12,000,000 in his will.
Houston, who died earlier this year at the age of 91, made the bequest to the University of Maine Foundation.
U. Maine will use the money to establish the George I Houston scholarship fund to support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in the school of forest resources.
Interim director Steve Reiling says it was an unexpected, but certainly welcomed gift.
this is the second substantial gift Houston has left to the university. In 1995 he donated his two hundred plus acre family farm in Husdon through the university’s green endowment program.