Casting Call in Bangor for Future College Students 

Catherine Pegram

Nearly 2-hundred future college students got together in Bangor today to plan for campus life – about 18 years ahead of time. The Harold Alfond College Challenge hosted a casting call for babies at the Bangor Mall. The Challenge offers 5-hundred dollar grants for all babies born after January 1st to start a college fund. Today parents who stopped by the mall got a free portrait of their child. Some of the babies photos will be used in an advertising campaign called the future faces of Maine. The parents also got help applying for the grant money.Elizabeth Vanderweide with the Harold Alfond Challenge says, “As we all know, the cost of education is increasing much faster than inflation so this is Mr. Alfond’s way of giving every baby a head start and an opportunity to aspire and maybe put their own money in.”The grant money, which is put in a 529 Next Gen College Investing Plan, can be used for any higher education expenses. For more information you can call the Finance Authority of Maine at 800-228-3734 or log on to