Maine's Tramuto Foundation seeks students to apply for scholarships


by Ramona du Houx

The Tramuto Foundation annually awards four $20,000 college scholarships to two graduating seniors at Bangor High School and Wells-Ogunquit High School who have overcome adversity in their lives. The funds are for tuition and other expenses at a college or university of their choice.

Students are chosen based on their ability, efforts and determination they have shown in their lives to contend with or overcome challenges they have faced. Scholarship, community service, school activities, character, leadership qualities and demonstrated financial need are considered. The submission deadline is April 1, 2018. Students should go online at the Maine foundation’s website  to apply.

The Tramuto Foundation was founded by Donato Tramuto as a tribute to two friends and their young son who perished on Sept. 11, 2001 when the plane they were traveling on hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Donato change his schedule at the last minute, missing the flight. 

The Foundation has also awarded tens of thousands of dollars in grants to non-profit organizations in Maine, the United States and throughout the world. Their website states: “We believe it’s our duty as citizens of the world. Attuned to people and the challenges they face, be it here in Maine, or across oceans, our goal is to make resources available to individuals and communities in need through collaborative partnerships.”

Four new board members were recently elected to the foundation. 

“The Tramuto Foundation is now in its 17th year of operation and quite simply, we are busier than ever as we execute our plans for 2018 and beyond,” said Chairman Tramuto. “These new board members are all accomplished professionals who share a strong desire to do something meaningful for those less fortunate. I am so grateful that they have agreed to be active participants in all we are doing now and in the future.”

One of the new Board members, Samuel ‘Sam’ LaPointe, was an early recipient of a Tramuto Foundation college scholarship.  Now based in Nashville, TN, Sam graduated from Wells-Ogunquit High School and went on to become a scholar-athlete at Babson College in Wellesley, MA where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Sam was part of a management consulting team of five undergraduates who analyzed data and research and presented final recommendations to Boston Red Sox management to improve the overall fan experience at Fenway Park’s premium seating section. 

“When I was honored with the Tramuto Foundation scholarship in 2013, I was very grateful to Donato, but at that point I had no idea that he would become such an important mentor in my life,” LaPointe explained. “Throughout college and now as I begin my professional career, Donato has continued to be a trusted friend and a knowledgeable advisor. I am grateful for the role he has played in my life and honored that I am able to pay it forward and help others who could benefit from this important organization.”

In addition to LaPointe, the other new members of the Tramuto Foundation Board of Directors include: Mary Bentley of Libertyville, IL, Justin Niebel of Pittsfield, NY and William ‘Bill’ Viszt of Tierra Verde, FL. the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Florida. 

For more information about the Tramuto Foundation, visit: