About the Worthington Scholarship Foundation
To provide scholarships and support services for Coastal Maine students attending Maine colleges.
To create a pathway to college for students in every region of Maine.
The Worthington Scholarship exists through generous support from David and Beverly Worthington, summer residents of Spruce Head Island and winter residents of Naples, Florida. Beverly is a retired corporate commercial pilot and David worked in the oil business, eventually founding his own offshore oil exploration business. The Worthingtons settled in the Midcoast in 1990 due to a family connection and began offering the Worthington Scholarship to Oceanside High School students in 2010. Now expanded to include Oceanside, Camden Hills, Belfast, Searsport, Medomak and Mt. View, students must choose to enroll at one of the public or private in-state schools that partner with the Foundation.
The Worthington Scholarship Foundation (WSF) is a 501 (c)3 private operating foundation incorporated in the State of Maine. As the number of Worthington Scholarships grew, WSF was formed in 2017. Offices were opened and staff added to better serve Worthington Scholars in their quest for a college degree. David W. Worthington established the Worthington Scholarship Fund at Maine Community Foundation (MCF) and is the fund’s Account Advisor. MCF administers the awarded scholarships. Once a student receives a Worthington Scholarship, they become part of the WSF family.
David W. Worthington, 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, 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.
Jennifer Worthington Edwards
Jennifer received her Master in Psychology from Stephen F. Austin University in 1994 and continued her degree to earn a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (MSPP PsyD) in 2005. Since 2013, Jennifer has been a clinician at Mentor, Inc, a private therapeutic foster care agency. Her hobbies include hiking, woodworking, and parenting her 3 children. Jennifer is the Worthington Foundation’s Vice President and Director.
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.
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, 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.
Left to right, Executive Director Rick Bedigian; Board Chair, David Worthington; Board Secretary Beverly Worthington; Cherie Galyean, Maine Community Foundation; Director Jennifer Edwards; Program Director Jay McIntire; Director Julie Bourgoin; College Mentor and Communications Specialist Kerry Hadley; Director Donald Pietroski Oceanside High School; Missing from photo: Director Meg Baxter, Mitchell Institute.
Rick Bedigian, Executive Director
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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 the Laboratory Animal Sciences Program at the National Cancer Institute. In 2010, he received an award for merit from the National Institutes of Health. Following his retirement in 2010, he continued to support research programs at both The Jackson Laboratory and the National Cancer Institute. Rick resides in Spruce Head with his wife, Gayle.
Jay McIntire, Program Director
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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.
Kerry Hadley, College Mentor and Communications Specialist
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Kerry joins our Foundation with twenty years of experience in nonprofit communications and leadership. She calls herself a “connector” – of people, needs, ideas, funding and opportunities – all with the overall goal of enriching community. After 16 years in the arts world, she has decided to dedicate her work to young adults. During her son Aidan and Aaron Hadley’s (Oceanside) elementary and high school years she spent her spare time volunteering for the basketball, soccer, tennis and baseball teams. She also was director and producer of the Owls Head Variety Show for six years. As Camden Opera House Manager, she brought quality shows from NYC and found sponsors to fund cost for our local students to attend, believing in the mind-broadening value of the arts.
Kerry views the college years as a valuable time of growth and independence and hopes that it is as fun and enjoyable as it is educational for students.
Featured Scholar Profiles
High School: Oceanside High School, 2015
College: University of Maine, Orono
Minor: Education and Child Development & Family Relations
I found the Worthington Scholarship experience to be so wonderful and fulfilling. I can’t even describe the amount of gratitude and appreciation that I have for the Worthington family and all of the people that they have employed to help us with our college journey. This isn’t just a signed check; it’s a deep-rooted connection to the community and a program that offers countless services and opportunities to its recipients. I never would’ve thought that I could gain so much from a single scholarship program and I am fortunate that I was chosen to be a part of it. Through this scholarship program, I feel as though I’ve been able to give back to and become re-immersed in my community at home and start networking through people associated with the Worthington Scholarship Foundation. It’s been quite the experience! Being able to attend college is the best thing that has happened to me so far. College has made it possible for me to make memories and challenge myself and learn new things everyday. It has taught me empathy, professional skills, and has enabled me to grow into the best possible version of myself. It has given me confidence and the ability to listen to my gut and commit to the choices I make, even if they are extremely difficult. Going to college has given me the independence and push that I didn’t know I needed, and I have a lot of people to thank for that.
And a fun postscript:
Rachel graduated UMO with a degree in Psychology in May and joins the Worthington Scholarship Foundation June 1st as a member of our staff for the summer!
High School: Oceanside High School, 2018
College: Washington County Community College
Major: Engine Specialist
Newly graduated from Washington County Community College, Alexander obtained a 1-year certificate in gas/diesel engines and heavy equipment operation.
Stable, grounded, and well aware of what he wants out of life is a good description of Alexander McGlaughlin.
Alexander graduated from Oceanside and MidCoast School of Technology. All his life his passion has been cars and how they work. Specifically diesel technology and auto body. In high school he participated in football and wrestling, was involved in his church, and was an intern for the Owls Head Transportation Museum one summer. He also honed his love and appreciation for the craft of mechanics as a apprentice Diesel Mechanic at Knight Marine Services.
Alex has loved his time at Washington County Community College, learning about gas and diesel engines and also heavy equipment operation. He excelled so well that after a year of study he has a job offer at a mechanical company in Augusta, Maine which he is seriously considering taking. In college he didn’t feel need to participate as much as he did in high school, though many activities are offered at WCCC. He loves going home to hunt, fish, and work on his own car as a hobby.
Alexander describes the courses at WCCC as first learning engine maintenance, then learning to build an engine. Professors require them early on to be independent, gathering their own tool box, parts, etc. He also has learned welding, principles of vehicle electronics and engine overhaul.
Alex’s success is a great example of the opportunities that await at UMaine’s community college system where students can learn a trade at a low cost.
High School: Oceanside High School, 2017
College: University of Maine Orono
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Mathematics and Renewable Energy Engineering
What the Worthington Scholarship Means to Me:
“The Worthington Scholarship is much more than your run of the mill scholarship program. Everyone associated with the program truly care about you and want to help you financially, but more importantly they encourage you to grow personally, professionally, and academically. The Worthington offers abundant opportunities and resources that are hard to come by for the average student. Being a Worthington scholar means you are part of a community of like-minded, friendly people who will help you succeed in the endeavors of your higher education.”
Driven, passionate, energetic – these are just a few of the words that come to mind the minute you meet Chase Flaherty. Chase attributes his desire to study engineering to an innate curiosity that compels him to figure out how things work – as a child that curiosity led him to take apart and study toys and household goods; as an adult Chase is curious about the entire world and what makes it tick.
Chase amiably and confidently inhabits numerous leadership positions both at UMaine and in his community life. Chase began his forward propelled path at Oceanside High School, where he began a nonprofit organization that provided bikes and helmets for children. He was head sailing instructor for his hometown sail instruction foundation, Vice President of the National Honor Society and in his “spare” time participated in meaningful ways in various clubs and volunteer organizations. Oh, and did I mention he played football, lifted weights, ran track and wrestled over the years?
Chase, like many of our scholars, was accepted at top out of state schools. He duly considered each, but couldn’t justify the enormous additional expense that meant he would graduate with a large amount of debt. He is extremely glad he decided to attend UMaine – he states their engineering school is exceptional and he participates fully in the greater world of UMaine’s campus life as well. He finds the academics “plenty challenging,” lots of opportunities to participate in just about anything that interests him, and a friendly, homey campus that doesn’t feel too big.
Chase is in UMaine’s Honors College, attending at the Dean’s invitation the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Boston last November. He belongs to Alpha Tau Omega, a leadership development fraternity which he credits with having a nice, inexpensive place to live, brothers to recreate with, and much academic support. He is President Pro Tempore and the Policy and Procedure Chairman of the University of Maine Student Senate. Chase is also Vice President of the Sophomore Owls, a group of men chosen for their scholarship, character and participation in extracurricular activities. Their goal is to help freshmen acclimate to UMaine through mentoring and activities.
The only question mark on Chase’s future is which direction he eventually chooses to go in. He will have many choices of paths! Chase is returning this summer for an internship at Fisher Engineering.
His tips for college goers:
Use Google calendar – best way to stay organized, get alerts when you have a class or meeting.
Participate in extra-curricular activities – best way to get to know people and have fun while at school.
“ratemyprofessor” is your best friend. Search for professors who care about their students and are good teachers.
Rebecca “Becca” Boggs
High School: Oceanside High School, 2016
College: University of Southern Maine
Major: Social and Behavioral Sciences
What the Worthington Scholarship has meant to me: “It has provided me with lots of exciting opportunities through my college experience. The Worthington’s have shown me how to give back to not just my own community but to others also.”
When Becca Boggs walks into a room it feels as if the sun has just come out. Besides her bright yellow jacket it’s Becca’s sunny optimistic disposition that really warms the room. Becca hails from a strong supportive family and two older siblings who also have excelled in college and continued on to rewarding careers. In fact, Nate, Rebecca’s brother, was a Worthington Scholar.
Becca has always participated in extra curricular activities. In high school she was a member of the National Honor Society, was captain of her soccer team and played basketball till an injury forced her into rehab.
Currently a junior at USM, she has been part of the Living Learning Community in the Russell Scholars Program, which provides opportunities within a community of like-minded honor students for smaller class sizes and a supportive environment of peers. She loves her professors and classes. Becca is a peer mentor for six freshmen as part of this program, and volunteers at Gorham Middle School working one on one with sixth-grade students. These activities are a great fit with her major in social and behavioral sciences. In her “spare” time is an “Eco-Rep”, working on campus sustainability issues. Her goal is to become a guidance counselor or social worker. Becca is mulling whether to work for a while in Americorps or Peace Corps or begin studying for her Masters when she finishes her undergraduate degree.
Spring semester found her studying abroad in England at Keele University. We can’t wait to hear about her experiences there!