The Cooper E. King Memorial AFS Scholarship was established with the support of family and friends in 2006 to commemorate Cooper’s life by helping a high school student gain an understanding of life and people in other countries through the AFS program. Cooper was a young man, gifted musically and artistically, who spent the second half of his high school senior year in Belgium as an AFS student. Cooper was able to thrive immersed in Belgian culture, language, education, and family life. He made friends based on respect and mutual appreciation, not ethnicity or nationality, and returned home confident and inspired by his achievement.

This Fund supports eligible high school students enrolled in an AFS School Program. Preference will be given to students for whom the experience promises to be life changing, those students who have not traveled widely or experienced life beyond their community. Geographic priority in order of preference is: Ellsworth High School students, Sumner High School students, residents of Hancock County, and, lastly, residents of Maine. There is not an application for this scholarship. The recipient will be chosen annually from the pool of Maine high school students who have been accepted into an AFS School Program.

Contact: Maine Community Foundation