About the Worthington Scholarship Foundation

Mission

To grow a multi-faceted scholarship and support program, enabling students from Midcoast Maine to earn college degrees.

Vision

Strengthen the local workforce by instilling college-going and persisting behaviors in Midcoast Maine students.

History

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 schools in-state schools that partner with the Foundation. 

The Worthington Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit agency in Rockland, Maine, was created in 2017 in an effort to support Midcoast scholarship recipients in their quest for a college degree. Scholars receive one on one mentoring, career coaching and a full array of support services. Many scholarship recipients are first generation college students, and thus an integral support to the scholarship is the active mentoring component. The Foundation employs three staff members and intends to expand to other Maine school districts in the future.

Board

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.

Donald Pietroski

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

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.

Worthington Scholarship board

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.

Staff

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

Maggie Drinkwater

High School: Oceanside High School, 2014

College: University of Maine, Orono

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Minor: Psychology / Childhood Development & Family Relations

My experience with the Worthington Scholarship has been amazing. Not only have I received help financially, but they also supported me academically. Every semester I was able to Facetime with Caitlin and talk about each of the courses I was enrolled in. We discussed strategies that would help me perform best in classes that I was struggling with. Her support was really helpful.

I applied for the Worthington Scholarship because I was aware that college is a major expense. School has always been the main focus for me, and I was determined to minimize outside distractions, such as financial worries. I’m thankful that my teachers in high school told me about the Worthington Scholarship because it has been a great source of financial help during my four years at UMaine. This scholarship is extremely generous and each year it keeps expanding and improving. I’m so grateful that I have been able to be a part of the program.

I really like how the Worthington Scholarship encourages involvement. Each year there are events, such as the send off dinner that allows parents to become involved in the program. College students are also asked to go to the high school and share stories about their college experience. This gives high school students insight into what college life is like.

For me, being able to attend college is the greatest privilege. Earning a degree will provide me with many opportunities that I am looking forward to.

Nick Judge

High School: Oceanside High School, 2014

College: Maine Maritime Academy

Major: Marine Engineering Technology

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I applied for the Worthington Scholarship for financial help to make it through four years of college tuition and Coast Guard fees. The Worthington is a very generous scholarship and I am grateful for the assistance.

I found the Worthington Scholarship experience to be very caring. The foundation hired Caitlin to help students while we are in school during my sophomore year. She was once in our shoes, and her understanding was very important to me.

What I liked the most about the experience was the consistency and the security that the scholarship provided me with. I knew that if I had an expensive semester coming because of lab fees that the Worthington would cover it every time. I also enjoyed talking to current high school students about my college experiences whenever Caitlin asked me to do so.

For me, being able to attend college is a privilege. Many people can’t afford to attend college without help, and I was very thankful to receive this scholarship to allow me to chase a profession that I will love.

Rachel Johnson

High School: Oceanside High School, 2015

College: University of Maine, Orono

Major: Psychology

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.

Tabbitha Johnston

High School: Oceanside High School, 2014

College: University of Maine at Augusta

Major: Liberal Studies

Minor: Elementary Education

I applied for the Worthington Scholarship to help me reach my goals. After college I plan to teach in southern Maine, and eventually teach in American Schools across the globe. Two to three years of teaching experience is required to do that, and Maine is a great place to get that experience. For me, being able to attend college is crucial to my chosen career. Without all of the courses I have completed and student teaching I’m about to complete, I would not be able to apply for my teaching certificate in the spring.

Applying for the Worthington Scholarship and receiving it has helped in paying for about half of my college tuition. When I graduate in May of 2018 I will only owe $7,000 in student loans.

What I liked most about the experience was the semesterly phone calls with Caitlin. It was helpful to me to have someone to bounce ideas off of, and sometimes just vent to. I was able to email her and ask her questions through my whole college experience.

Worthington Scholarship Foundation

(207) 596-5800

30 School Street, Suite 202
Rockland, ME 04841

P.O. Box 1694
Rockland, ME 04841