About the Worthington Scholarship Foundation
To provide scholarships and support to graduates of Maine high schools attending Maine colleges.
To create a pathway to college for students in every region of Maine.
The Worthington Scholarship exists through the support of Beverly and David Worthington, summer residents of Spruce Head, Maine. Beverly is a retired commercial pilot and David was the principal owner of TGS Geophysical Company, a worldwide seismic data acquisition and processing company. They settled in the Mid-coast in 1990 due to a family connection in Camden and immediately immersed themselves in local non-profit activities. Beverly was on the boards of Bay Chamber and Knox Museum, and in 2010 David determined to focus on scholarships.
The first Worthington Scholarships were offered to Oceanside High School in Rockland, Maine, and by 2020 had expanded to all public high schools in Lincoln, Knox, Waldo, Hancock, and Washington counties, with further expansion planned for the future. This growth caused the assembly of a small staff to assist Worthington Scholars, and in 2017 Beverly formed the Worthington Scholarship Foundation as a Maine 501 (c)(3) Private Operating Foundation.
The Foundation has matured into a position possibly unique in America; an evolving partnership between institutions, foundation staff, and college success staff has been designed to aid the Scholars on their paths to graduation.
David W. Worthington, Founder and Board Chair
Beverly S. Worthington, Founder and Board Secretary
Julie F. Bourgoin
Donald Pietroski, Retired, High School teacher
Meg Baxter, President, Mitchell Institute
Laurie LaChance, President, Thomas College
Tony McKim, President & CEO, First National Bank
Advisory Board: Larry Barker, CEO, Machias Savings Bank
Advisory Board member Larry Barker grew up in Down East Maine. His connection to Machias Savings Bank, the fifth largest bank in Maine with a footprint spanning Portland to Caribou, goes back to his early days of raking blueberries for the Bank’s former CEO. He began his official career at the Bank in 1991, moving through various roles and promotions till he became CEO in 2012. Personifying the legacy and spirit of Machias Savings Bank, Larry has a passion for community impact. He has served on Boards for organizations including the Sunrise County Economic Council, The Washington Hancock Community Agency and Washington Academy. He is also a board member of several banking associations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine Machias and proudly resides with his family in Washington County.
Rick Bedigian, Executive Director
Rick is Worthington Scholarship Foundation’s Executive Director. Rick received his doctorate in microbiology and virology from the University of Massachusetts. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as postdoctoral fellow and later a faculty position at The Jackson Laboratory for 22 years. In 1998, Rick took a position with Science Applications International Corp., where he was vice president of program management and head of research support programs for the National Cancer Institute. During his scientific career, he mentored a number of high school, college and graduate students.
In 2017 he joined the Board of the WSF and in 2018 became both the Executive Director and a director of the Foundation. Rick has always had an interest in supporting students to achieve their potential both academically and in life. Joining the WSF has given him the opportunity to fulfill his goal. Rick resides in Spruce Head with his wife, Gayle and their rescue poodle Oso.
Jay McIntire, Director of Student Services and Support
Jay comes to the Worthington Foundation with broad experience as an educator. After graduating from UMaine, he went on to earn a Masters’ degree in environmental education and to do advanced coursework in educational psychology and educational administration. He has served as a teacher, special education director, superintendent, university lecturer, researcher, non-profit executive director, and federal lobbyist. Jay brings to the foundation a passion for mentoring and advocacy, executive experience, and a love of Maine and its people.
Sebastian Yattaw, Student Account and Office Manager
Sebastian Yattaw is the Worthington Foundation’s newest staff member. His role was made necessary by the foundation’s recent expansion.
Key aspects of the position will be the implementation of our database, Worthington Connect, certification of student eligibility each semester, assisting in financial documentation and presentations and general office management.
Yattaw was a Worthington Scholarship recipient upon graduation from Oceanside High School in 2013, while obtaining a B.S. in Business Administration in both Finance and Business Management at the University of Maine. “I’ve always been so thankful for the support I received from the Worthington Scholarship – it definitely reduced the financial burden of attending college”, he stated.
Yattaw is a lifelong resident of Owls Head and is pleased to remain in Maine, in “such as beautiful area, close to family and friends. I’m thankful that the Worthington Foundation is helping me yet again by providing me this career opportunity. I look forward to helping current and future Worthington Scholars.”
Justin Chenette, Program Director
Justin Chenette is Worthington Foundation’s Program Director.
Justin made history when, at just 21 years old, he became Maine’s youngest lawmaker and the nation’s youngest openly gay legislator. He was sworn into office a week before graduating from college. He served a total of 8 years between the State Senate and the House of Representatives. In the legislature, he chaired the bipartisan Government Oversight Committee taking a leadership role holding agencies, department heads, and programs accountable. Justin’s public service career began in high school at age 17 when Maine’s governor appointed him to serve on the State Board of Education, making history as the first student member. In college, he was a congressional intern for U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe.
Justin has since founded the Maine Democracy Project and authored a children’s book to promote civics education statewide. He previously ran a non-profit organization to advance arts education, connect Veterans to job training, increase volunteerism, and help students afford college through scholarships. Two sitting U.S. Presidents have honored his volunteer work as the recipient of the Volunteer Service Award; in 2008, by President Bush, and in 2016, by President Obama.
He got his start in journalism as a TV anchor/reporter, producer and columnist for various media outlets throughout New England including hosting a statewide public affairs TV show called Youth in Politics. He also served on the Society of Professional Journalists National Diversity Committee.
After attending Saco public schools, Justin graduated high school from Thornton Academy while taking a full semester of college courses at the University of Southern Maine. He graduated from Northern Vermont University-Lyndon with a B.S. in Broadcast News and was named the Outstanding Young Alumni in 2019. Justin went on to earn a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta. After receiving a national fellowship, he also earned an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.