LEWISTON — Matt Beauparlant, a senior at Lewiston High School, was awarded the 2010 Alfred A. Plourde Memorial Scholarship at a recent City Council meeting. The award is bestowed annually to the Lewiston High School senior who is pursuing a post-secondary education and shows the most interest and promise in a career in public service.
Scholarship funds were established by Plourde’s family and friends following his passing in 1990, and City Council President Steve Morgan presented Beauparlant with a $500 check. Plourde is still remembered for his respect of others and outstanding service as both Treasurer and Mayor of Lewiston.
During the presentation, Morgan said, “In Matt’s scholarship application essay, he was asked to write about the role of the young political leader in the new millennium, and I would like to quote some of his words, ‘I feel as though being involved with community activities is the best way to really understand what is going on within your city, and it is the way that helps the most.'”
Morgan went on to say that Beauparlant has lived by that statement by being actively involved in high school through Mock Trial, Debate, Youth in Government and serving as President of the National Honor Society. He also commended his community engagement which has included serving on the Lewiston Youth Advisory Council (currently as chair), participating in YADA community dialogue and serving as a student representative during City Council meetings.
Morgan also congratulated parents Paul and Marilyn Beauparlant for raising such a “stand-out young man” and welcomed Plourde’s widow, Janice, who shared some of the community accomplishments that occurred during the Mayoral tenure of her husband. She also praised Beauparlant for his outstanding service, his scholarship essay content and encouraged him to strive to further enrich the community in the future.
Beauparlant plans to study political science/law at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., with a goal of becoming a justice system prosecution lawyer and later becoming involved in local and state politics. Following his post-secondary education, Beauparlant wants to return to Lewiston and “matriculate as a community representative, then community spokesman, then community leader.”