AUGUSTA – The generosity of Al and Eleanor George will be felt by generations of Community College students pursuing careers in health care due to a $211,644 gift from the couple’s estate.

The gift will be used to establish the Al and Eleanor George Endowed Scholarship for students enrolled in health care programs, who desire an emphasis in elder care, at two Maine Community Colleges: Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield and Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

“They believed in education and helping students who may not have the opportunities others have,” said Sue Liebling, a close friend of the family who represents the couple’s estate.

Liebling described the couple as “very thrifty people who never spent money on themselves.” Liebling said they saved their entire lives, did not have children, and wanted to establish the scholarship to help others.

Al George served in the Marine Corps during World War II and worked as an electrician and electrical inspector for 28 years before retiring to Mt. Vernon with his wife, Eleanor, in 1979.

He died in November 2004. Eleanor George worked as a nursery school teacher and was an active volunteer. She died in May 2005.

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