Nutrition education in public schools, assessing unmet need for opioid addiction treatment in Maine, obstacles facing dairy farmers these are some of the issues Maine Policy Scholars explored this year in policy memos directed to state leadership.

Established by Peter Cox (1937-2004), co-founder of Maine Times, the Maine Policy Scholars program engages University of Maine students in the public policy process.

The scholars presented their research, and suggestions for addressing these issues during a graduation ceremony this month at the University of Maine in Orono. They outlined their policy recommendations to a panel that included Dovey Balsam, 2013 alumnus, Maine Policy Scholars Program; Seth Goodall, regional director, Small Business Administration; James Page, chancellor, University of Maine; and Tony Cox, business owner and son of program founder Peter Cox.

The Class of 2015 includes Victoria Boone, University of Maine, Machias; Alexandra Courtney, University of Maine, Orono; Kasandra Foster, University of Maine, Presque Isle; Travis Powers, University of Maine, Fort Kent; Andrew Radford, University of Maine, Augusta; and Charles Young, University of Maine, Farmington.

Here, Victoria Boone offers suggestions for improving entrepreneurial outcomes in Washington County.

Photo James Daigle