About the Worthington Scholarship Foundation

                       Mission

To provide scholarships and support services for  Maine students attending Maine colleges.

Vision

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

History

cThe Worthington Scholarship exists through the generous support of Beverly and David W. Worthington, longtime summer residents of Spruce Head, ME.  Beverly is a retired corporate commercial pilot and David worked in the oil 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 for 2020 to add high schools in Lincoln, Hancock, and Washington County to those in Knox and Waldo counties.

As the scholarships grew, an office was created and staff hired to serve Worthington Scholars in their quest for a college degree.   David W. Worthington originally established the Worthington Scholarship Fund at Maine Community Foundation (MCF) who acted as the fund’s Account Advisor.  In 2020 fund administration has begun in house, in order to streamline the process for scholars.  Once a student receives a Worthington Scholarship, they become part of the WSF community.  The Worthington Scholarship Foundation (WSF) is a Maine 501 (c)3 Private Operating Foundation. 

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.

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.

Advisory Board

Larry Barker, CEO, Machias Savings Bank

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. Now holding the title of President and CEO, Larry officially began his career at the Bank in 1991 in the collections department, moving on to a business banking role in 1998. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Banking in 2008 and then to President in 2011, followed by CEO a year later.

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 currently a member of the Maine Bankers Association Executive Committee and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council.

Larry earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maine at Machias and proudly resides in Washington County with his wife and five children, one of which gifted him the best title of all in 2019, Papa.

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 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

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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.

Sebastian Yattaw, Student Account and Office Manager

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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.”

Featured Scholar Profiles

Rachel Johnson

High School: Oceanside High School, 2015

College: University of Maine, Orono, Bachelor of Science; now studying for her Masters at Husson University

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 – it made it possible for me to make memories,  challenge myself and learn new things every day. 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.  I have a lot of people to thank for that.

And a fun postscript:
Rachel graduated UMO with a degree in Psychology in 2019, joined the Worthington staff temporarily that summer and is now attending Husson University working towards obtaining a Master’s degree.

Alexander McGlaughlin

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.

Chase Flaherty

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!

Aiden Lammert

High School: Camden Hills Regional High School, 2016

College: University of Maine Orono

Major: Computer Science

“The thing about college is that there’s much more to it than paying a bunch of money and leaving with a degree. The Worthington Scholarship is unique in the level of guidance it provides to those who need it; newer students can get advice on making their way through college from older scholarship recipients or Foundation staff, while students closer to graduation are pointed to professional networking opportunities and can receive advice for life beyond college. Continuous advising of this nature is something that a lot of students don’t necessarily get.”

My first contact with Aiden Lammert was by phone. I immediately knew I was dealing with someone different in a tech savvy kind of way, as my call was automatically screened by a computer “secretary” from Google. What I didn’t know was that my call was translated into text for Aiden to see and review before he picked up my call. (whew!).

Aiden studies computer science at University of Maine at Orono. He, like many other Maine students had aspired to study at a big-name school out of state. But when he compared the attendance costs he decided on UMaine to be practical. Aiden initially was not very excited or even expecting to enjoy attending school in state. Like so many of our Worthington Scholars, he instead found that he loves the school, his fellow students, his classes and his career path in cybersecurity. This path arose from his involvement on a competitive cybersecurity team at UMaine. They competed last spring and again last week at Champlain College with Aiden Captain of his team.

The competition mimics the workplace environment – the team works two – 8-hour workdays and then reports to the businesses’ Board of Directors on what they learned and suggestions they have for the company for internet security improvement.

Aiden works part-time during the school year and summers at Networkmaine as a Network Operations Center Technician. Networkmaine works with all the internet providers in Maine as a help desk. Networkmaine also helps both college and high school students with computer issues. Aiden loves what he does and plans to continue working full-time there following graduation.

Aiden’s family has a history of UMaine attendance– over 100 years of Lammerts on his dad’s maternal side have attended. The first Lammert to attend UMaine was his great, great grandfather Walter True Brown, who graduated in 1916 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. The name Lammert is familiar to many, as Aiden’s dad, Piet Lammert is a Guidance Counselor at Camden Hills Regional High School. While attending Camden Hills, Aiden worked as a Certified Tech at Staples in Rockland and volunteered during the school year as a sound designer for Strom Auditorium events. He also was a member of the Latin and Tech Clubs which helped him choose his course of college study.

Aiden’s Advice for future college goers:

Take Aspirations courses in High School – some credits may not be accepted depending on what school you attend and your major. But Aiden was happy he took them – allowed him to sign up for housing and classes earlier and prepared him for how to approach classes and learning in college. His English 101 and Applied Physics classes were accepted for credit.

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