Margaret Libby Standley ’52

We are deeply grateful to Peg Standley and her family for this gift to the endowment that provides income in perpetuity for our scholarship program. —Don Tuski, President

MECA&D is pleased to announce the Margaret Libby Standley ’52 Endowed Scholarship for deserving students from the Greater Portland area who intend to teach K–12 art or enter the MAT program.

Peg Libby Standley grew up in South Portland, Maine, and graduated from the School of Fine and Applied Art of the Portland Society of Art in 1952, now MECA&D, with a degree in Art Education. To obtain her teaching certificate, she attended the University of Maine at Orono and graduated in 1953. From 1954–1956, she served as the kindergarten through high school art supervisor for the Maine towns of Camden, Thomaston and Rockport. Following her marriage to UMO graduate Peter Standley, his career took them out West and eventually to Connecticut where they raised three children.

At a recent visit with President Don Tuski and VP for Advancement Beckie Conrad at Peg's home, Peg recalled her PSA days with fondness, especially her classmates, faculty and the strong foundation skills she learned. She shared pieces from her original portfolio as well as her PSA yearbooks. While raising her children, Peg was active as a Girl Scout Leader. She created over 60 historic Girl Scout costumes, using original fabrics whenever possible, and installed displays for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Museum. Peg also developed a puppet theater that performed for many civic organizations over the years. Currently, she is designing and building an inch-to-the-foot replica of her childhood home.

Peg endowed a scholarship for aspiring teachers from the Greater Portland area in recognition of the scholarships she received to attend PSA. In receiving the gift, President Tuski said, “We are deeply grateful to Peg Standley and her family for this gift to the endowment that provides income in perpetuity for our scholarship program. The College’s strategic plan calls for increased endowment growth to $20 million and this gift is an important step in building the future of the College.”