Foundation News

OPEN HOUSE PLANNED FOR CURRENT OR POTENTIAL WORTHINGTON SCHOLARS JANUARY 10 FROM 10 AM – 5 PM


ROCKLAND, MAINE… The Worthington Scholarship Foundation extends a special invitation to stop in on Thursday, January 10 from 10 AM – 5 PM when we’ll have an open house for students and their parents. Both current scholars attending college but home on break and current high school students who would like more information on the program are both welcome to come by and meet our staff.

Rick, Jay and Kerry would love to meet current scholars in person and hear how your first semester went, how you are doing in general, and are here to answer any needs or questions you may have.

The Worthington Scholarship Foundation offices are located at 30 School St. in Rockland Maine on the second floor, Suite 202.

Refreshments will be served.

Scholar Overboard Emergency Expense fund now available to Worthington Scholars

At the quarterly board meeting of the Worthington Scholarship Foundation (WSF) held in June, a new program of support for Worthington Scholars was approved and announced. Called the “Scholar Overboard” fund, it exists to help WSF scholars through a rough patch – an unexpected car repair, medical expense, etc. These one-time emergency grants can sometimes make the difference between a student’s ability to remain in college, or to leave. We know that sometimes hidden costs and unexpected financial hurdles can derail a promising student without a financial safety net. These one-time “life rings” are considered and granted through one-on-one consultation between Worthington Scholarship staff and our Scholars. If you are a Worthington Scholar and find yourself in this situation, please contact your WSF mentor.

WORTHINGTON SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION ADDS TWO NEW STAFF MEMBERS

ROCKLAND, ME – The Worthington Scholarship Foundation (WSF) with a mission to support post-secondary education in Maine is pleased to announce the addition of Jay McIntire of Winslow as Program Director, and Kerry Hadley of Owls Head as Communications Specialist and College Mentor.

Jay joins the foundation with a breadth of experience in education, including teaching, university instructor, researcher, administrator, and federal lobbyist. He is also an experienced author and presenter. His teaching specialties include students with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. Jay’s education includes a BA from UMaine, MS from Lesley College, and advanced studies at the University of Virginia and UMaine.

Kerry is well known to many in our community having been the face of the Camden Opera House for 16 years. Her previous experience includes executive director at the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce and public relations at Ketchum Communications, NYC. “Kerry’s focus throughout her career has been to successfully grow small companies while maintaining quality. Having Jay and Kerry on board will advance our goal to continue to grow our programs state-wide” according to Rick Bedigian, Executive Director.

Oceanside Seniors Complete 2nd Annual Scholar Day

Oceanside Seniors Complete 2nd Annual Scholar Day

Photo caption: Oceanside High School Seniors who participated in Oceanside Scholar Day this October. 

Rockland, ME—The 2nd annual Oceanside Scholar Day took place at Oceanside High School (OHS) on October 11, 2017. The event started last year with the intention of providing time during the school day for seniors to consider their post-secondary options, and to make more students eligible for the Worthington Scholarship. The event has since grown to include more diverse session choices, allowing flexibility to accommodate a wide range of student interests. OHS faculty and staff coordinated and planned the event in conjunction with the Worthington Scholarship Foundation.

As part of the event, all seniors completed a financial literacy requirement, putting them on the road to eligibility for the $4,000/year Worthington Scholarship next fall. The financial literacy sessions outline post-secondary options including: 4-year colleges, 2-year colleges, certificate programs, military service, apprenticeships and working for companies with internal advancement and training.  In addition, financial literacy is intended to provide students with the tools to understand how to make a financially savvy choice for their further education, by decoding the complexities of financial aid and financial aid packages. 

Students were able to choose two additional sessions outside of financial literacy, including sessions devoted to assistance with college applications, college essay brainstorming and editing, and help filing forms for financial aid (FAFSA). Informational sessions were also available on topics including community college in Maine, selective college admission, career exploration, and on-the-spot college acceptance. Local employers Back Cove Yachts, Maine Health, Boston Financial and The First sent representatives to serve on an Employer Panel so that students could learn about how to set themselves apart in the hiring process and make themselves eligible for promotion once hired. Recruiters from the Navy, National Guard, Army and Marines were on hand to talk to students about military careers. 

Every Oceanside senior who completed the event became eligible to have one application fee to a Worthington-eligible college or university paid for by the Worthington Scholarship Foundation. Students also enjoyed gift cards donated by Dunkin Donuts in Rockland and Rotary Pizza for lunch. 

For more information about the Worthington Scholarship Foundation, please contact Program Director Caitlin Clark (caitlin@worthingtonscholars.org) or Assistant Program Director Anna Young. (anna@worthingtonscholars.org)

Worthington Scholarship Send-off Event

Worthington Scholarship Send-off Event

Photo caption: Top – First Year Female Worthington Scholars, Bottom – First Year Male Worthington Scholars
Photo credit: Lindsay Kay Photography 

Rockland, ME—On Sunday, August 6th, recipients of the Worthington Scholarship gathered at the Samoset Resort for the second annual Send-off Event. First-year students who are preparing to begin college were invited to bring two guests, and were seated at tables with other Worthington Scholars from their college or university. The purpose of the event was to celebrate the new Scholars as they embark on their college careers, introduce students and families to the Worthington Scholars program, and provide an opportunity for both students and parents to receive advice on navigating the upcoming transition. Worthington Scholar Kaleb Robinson, a junior at the University of Maine, addressed the crowd. He encouraged first year students to push themselves to explore new opportunities and relationships. He also encouraged students to remain connected to those who have supported them thus far: teachers, coaches, mentors, parents and friends, as they will continue to be important sources of advice and encouragement. 

This year, college success professionals from Husson University, the University of Maine and University College Rockland were on hand to offer advice to students and facilitate discussion groups for current and incoming scholars. Parents were invited to hear presentations from the Finance Authority of Maine and the Maine Educational Opportunity Center. Guests from Camden Hills and Oceanside High Schools were present, as well as members of the Worthington Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees. The Worthington Scholarship began with Oceanside’s class of 2010 and the mentoring and support programs are in their third year.  The program seeks to help students with the adjustment to college life and academics, offer support to parents and families, and cultivate a focus on career exploration, professional skill acquisition and professional development. 

The Worthington Scholarship is available to seniors at Oceanside, Camden Hills and now Medomak Valley High Schools. In order to be eligible to apply for 4 years of scholarship support, students must have an 85 average or above and be enrolling at any of the University of Maine System universities, any Maine Community College, Husson University, Maine Maritime Academy and Thomas College. A second option is available for students with a C average (76-84): they are eligible for two years of scholarship support and may enroll at any of the Maine Community Colleges, or matriculate into a 2 year program at University College Rockland. The scholarship amount has increased over the years and is now $4,000 per year for all recipients.  

Worthington Scholarship Foundation

(207) 596-5800

30 School Street, Suite 202
Rockland, ME 04841

P.O. Box 1694
Rockland, ME 04841