Photo Caption: Oceanside High School Class of 2017 Worthington Scholars
Rockland, ME—The Worthington Scholarship, available to graduating seniors at Oceanside High School and Camden Hills Regional High School, was awarded to 58 students during Scholarship Nights held at each high school in early June. This is the largest number of recipients the scholarship has experienced, and they will join 65 students currently enrolled in college. Oceanside awarded the scholarship to 39 seniors, and Camden Hills recognized 19 seniors. These 58 students and their families will be honored at a send-off event, to be held on August 6 at the Samoset Resort.
The Worthington Scholarship supports graduating seniors who are enrolling at any branch of the University of Maine or Maine Community College systems, Husson University, Thomas College, or Maine Maritime Academy. The award amount is $4,000 per year, renewable for the duration of the student’s 2- or 4-year degree program. All students must complete a financial literacy course before receiving funds and are expected to communicate periodically with the Worthington Scholars Mentor, Caitlin Clark. Clark will assist students with the transition to college and be available to help students with issues that arise throughout their college and career development. The Worthington Scholars program continues to evolve and grow, and the scholarship will be expanded to include Medomak Valley High School in the ’17/’18 school year. This scholarship is administered by Maine Community Foundation.
Photo caption: Worthington Scholars in attendance at the first Send-off Dinner on August 5th
Rockland, ME—On Friday, August 5th, recipients of the Worthington Scholarship gathered at the Samoset Resort for an inaugural Send-off Dinner. First-year students who are preparing to begin college were invited to bring two guests, and were seated at tables with current Worthington Scholars from their college or university. The purpose of the dinner 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 older students to offer words of advice to first year students. As Rebecca Boggs, a first year student headed to USM said, ” The dinner was an incredible experience, especially because we got to meet new people that also received the Worthington Scholarship!
Guests from Camden Hills and Oceanside High Schools were present, as well as from University College Rockland, New Ventures Maine and Maine Community Foundation. David and Beverly Worthington hosted the event, and spoke to the assembled crowd about their own educational and professional journeys and their belief that all Worthington Scholars can achieve great success with hard work and perseverance. Cherie Galyean, Director of Educational Initiatives for Maine Community Foundation (MCF), gave students and parents essential information about MCF’s role in the administration of the scholarship. Caitlin Clark, Worthington Scholars Mentor, spoke to students about the importance of treating their studies like a full-time job, and building both a professional and personal network. The Worthington Scholarship began with Oceanside’s class of 2010 and the mentoring program is in its second year. The mentoring program seeks to help students with the adjustment to college life and academics, connect students and families to each other, and cultivate a focus on career exploration, professional skill acquisition and professional development.
The Worthington Scholarship is available to seniors at both Oceanside and Camden Hills 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 starting with the class of 2017, 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.
Spruce Head, ME—David and Beverly Worthington are pleased to announce that the 2016 graduates of Camden Hills Regional High School will be eligible to apply for the Worthington Scholarship. The Worthington Scholarship is a generous scholarship open to students attending all branches of the University of Maine system, all branches of the Maine community college system, as well as Maine Maritime Academy and Husson University. The award amount is $3,000 per year. Students with a cumulative “B” average (3.0) may attend any of the schools listed above, and may renew their scholarship for the duration of an accredited four year degree program, provided they remain enrolled full time and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher. Students with a “C” average (2.0) may attend any of Maine’s community colleges, or enroll in 2-year program at University College Rockland. They are also eligible to renew their scholarship once, provided they remain enrolled full time and maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher. All students must complete a financial literacy course offered by New Ventures Maine before receiving funds, and are expected to communicate periodically with the Worthington College Mentor, Caitlin Clark. Caitlin will assist students with the transition to college, and will be available to help students with major and career exploration. Camden Hills students will be able to apply for this scholarship using the existing scholarship packet, with a deadline of April 1st. Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need and academic promise.