Asma Hassan named Central Maine Community College Student of the Year

April 26, 2023

Auburn, ME – Asma Hassan began her CM career as a senior at Lewiston High School in 2019 and was enrolled in one course through the Embark Program.  After Asma’s early college experience, she enrolled as a full-time student in the fall of 2020.  After a remarkable academic career, earning President’s Honors each semester, Asma will be graduating in May with an accounting degree and will be attending the University of Maine at Augusta in the Fall to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Not only did Asma persist with her college aspirations through the Covid-19 pandemic, she is a leader in the TRIO Student Success Program and partnered with fellow students to rebuild the Muslim Student Association after returning to in-person classes.

Asma is an active member in the TRIO community at CM and has not only benefitted from TRIO support but also works in TRIO as a student employee and tutors fellow students.  She did such an excellent job managing students and guests visiting TRIO that she was recruited to work in Academic Affairs as well.

Asma’s family immigrated to the US in 2010 from Djibouti Though Asma does remember Djibouti and misses the food and culture, she now refers to Lewiston as home.

Asma and six other Maine community college students were honored for their academic success and campus and community involvement at a luncheon ceremony on Wednesday, April 26, at Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell and was hosted by the Maine Community College System (MCCS) Board of Trustees. In addition to being recognized as Students of the Year, they will each receive a John and Jana Lapoint Leadership Award in the amount of $1,000. Mr. Lapoint was president of UF Strainrite in Lewiston and a trustee of the Maine Community College System. After his death in 1995, his widow, Jana Lapoint, served on the Board from 1995 to 2006 and helped establish the fund for the annual awards.