About the Worthington Scholarship Foundation

Mission

To provide scholarships and support to graduates of Maine high schools attending Maine colleges.

Vision

To create a pathway to college for students in every region of Maine.

History

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.

Board

David W. Worthington, Founder and Board Chair
David was born in Worcester, MA. in 1941. An Eagle Scout, he attended Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, where he earned his B.S. in Geology following a 3-year interruption with the U.S. Army's XVIII Airborne Corps. He then continued his education under a Texaco Fellowship at the University of Utah and Virginia Tech, receiving an M.S. in Geophysics in 1969. David’s oil industry career began in Houston with Shell Oil Company, with a subsequent transfer to New Orleans where he became Exploration Manager for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic in 1980. Following a brief attempt at setting up an exploration company to explore the Gulf of Mexico, David took over an associated geophysical company and assumed a majority ownership position (TGS Geophysical Company). TGS rapidly became the largest provider of modern non-exclusive seismic data in the Gulf of Mexico following a merger with a Norwegian company (NOPEC), became TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company and the fourth largest such company in the world. David retired from active management in 1996 and relinquished his board responsibilities in 2007. David has served as a Trustee of Marietta College and a “Patient Pal” at Texas Children’s Hospital. He was founder and incorporator of The Worthington Foundation and Worthington Scholarship Foundation. David has been a Trustee of American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation and was the 2016 recipient of the Austin L. Weeks Medal presented at the annual meeting of AAPG. He serves as The Worthington Foundation Chairperson.
Beverly S. Worthington, Founder and Board Secretary
Beverly is a native of Texas and retired Commercial Pilot in corporate aviation. She founded and operated an aerial application company in Texas. Beverly has served as an Advisor/Liaison between the TX Dept of Agriculture & the TX legislature regarding agricultural issues; was involved in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade; Uruguay Round trade talks on agricultural subsidy issues; served on a public commission on subsidence on the Gulf Coast; served on the Board of Advisors to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to revise education degree requirements; Gulf Coast Agribusiness Council Board member; Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Speakers Committee, Executive Committee, and Captain; President of the Pilot Club of Liberty-Dayton; and Houston Symphony League Executive Committee Vice-Chair; Arrangements chair, Orchestra Luncheons co-chair. She served on the Lee College Advisory Board overseeing the career pilot program and legal assistant program, and received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Locally, Beverly served as General Henry Knox Museum Board member: Finance, Governance, Membership, and Compliance Officer. She also served on the Bay Chamber Concerts Finance committee. She serves as The Worthington Foundation Secretary.
Julie F. Bourgoin
Julie is a development professional with 25 years of experience in hospital, education, and social services fundraising. She began her career at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston managing the hospital’s annual fund campaign, events, and committees. She raised funds for Suffolk University Law School’s capital campaign and later served as a reunion class liaison. She has served as vice president and president of a parent teacher organization, and co-chaired a public elementary school technology campaign that raised over $100,000. Her particular interest in poverty alleviation led her to Lutheran Social Services of New England where she developed fundraising opportunities to provide shelter, education, and life skills for homeless teenage mothers in Massachusetts and Nurturing Minds in Africa, a secondary school for vulnerable girls in Tanzania, where she served as a volunteer and board member, chair of governance, and currently works as a researcher and grant writer. She serves as vice president and director of the Worthington Foundation. Julie is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder and holds a B.A. in political science. She lives near Boston with her husband and two sons. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and taking long road trips.
Donald Pietroski, Retired, High School teacher
Don Pietroski was born in Rockland, Maine, and attended local schools including Rockland District High School, now known as Oceanside High School. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Biology and holds a Master’s Degree in School Administration from the University of Southern Maine. He is a strong believer in the value of public education. Don had a long career in public education and retired after 41 years of teaching high school in the state of Maine. His career was more than a job; it was a passion. He taught a wide range of subjects in both math and science. His teaching career included coaching a variety of sports, advising several academic activities, and working as a basketball official and baseball umpire. These extracurricular activities helped Don develop relationships with students in and out of the classroom. While teaching at Oceanside High School, two of his favorite activities were National Honor Society Advisor and Scholarship Committee Chairman. These positions gave Don the opportunity to help students achieve their academic aspirations and to develop working relationships with community members and parents. A highlight of Don’s career occurred in 2014 when he was nominated by a former student and received the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Award during Amherst College’s 193rd Commencement.
Meg Baxter, President, Mitchell Institute
Meg Baxter, a graduate of Regis College in Weston, MA, has a nonprofit career that has spanned four decades – with the majority of her work conducted in Maine. She is a passionate advocate for the nonprofit sector and the people and communities served by it. In 2011, she was named President and CEO of the Mitchell Institute. Prior to that, she served as President of the United Way of Greater Portland for twenty years. As a first-generation college graduate, Meg relishes her role in supporting Maine's scholars and alumni at both the Mitchell Institute and the Worthington Scholarship Foundation, where she serves on the Board of Directors. She acknowledges that her success is due to many of the same supports Mitchell and Worthington Scholars enjoy. From scholarships to loans, to mentors, friends and most especially family, Meg knows how lucky she was to have had the support needed to succeed. She lives in Cape Elizabeth with her dog, Meadow, and is an avid cribbage player.
Laurie LaChance, President, Thomas College
Laurie Lachance is Thomas College’s 5th President and the first female and alumna to lead the College in its 125-year history. From 2004-2012, Laurie served as President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation. Prior to MDF, Laurie served three governors as the Maine State Economist, and before joining state government, she served as the Corporate Economist at Central Maine Power Company. A frequent author and speaker on leadership, education, and the economy of Maine, she holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Thomas College and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Laurie was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014 and has been recognized by Maine Magazine as one of the 50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future. She also is on Mainebiz NEXT list as a trailblazer in her industry. In November 2018, Laurie was inducted into the Maine Business Hall of Fame. Laurie chairs the Board of Educare Central Maine, is a Trustee of Foxcroft Academy, a Board member of Educate Maine, served on the New England Board of Higher Education’s Commission on Higher Education and Employability, and was elected to the Board of Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) in June 2018. Thomas College is a partner college with the Worthington Scholarship Foundation.
Tony McKim, President & CEO, First National Bank
Tony McKim is President & Chief Executive Officer at First National Bank, the fourth largest Maine-based financial institution. A 28 year banking professional, McKim is also a long time community volunteer, currently serving as the Chair of the Maine Bankers Association and as an Executive Committee member of Friends of Traditional Banking, a nationwide grass roots organization. He is also a board member of the Ellsworth Business Development Corporation as well as being President of the Board of Directors of Harbor House, a community service organization located in Southwest Harbor. In addition to board involvement, McKim is passionate about youth sports and has coached basketball and baseball at a variety of levels. He co-founded an organization, Acadian Youth Sports, to promote youth sports in the Mount Desert Island and Trenton communities. McKim is honored to be asked to join the board of the Worthington Foundation. “I know first-hand how a college education can help our Maine youth achieve their dreams. With scholarships and guidance, the Foundation can have a great impact on Maine’s future.” THE FIRST has partnered with the WSF to support their scholarship expansion. A native of Eastport, and a graduate of the University of Maine, McKim lives in Trenton with his wife Wendy. They have four grown sons.
Advisory Board: Larry Barker, CEO, Machias Savings Bank

Staff

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, Program Director

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.”

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