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Calling all Waldo County high school students interested in attending college!  Scholarship  Info gathering Feb 2 at Hutchinson Center

Calling all Waldo County high school students interested in attending college! Scholarship Info gathering Feb 2 at Hutchinson Center

Worthington Scholarship Information Event for Waldo County students

Who: High School Juniors and Seniors planning on attending a Maine College in Fall 2019 or 2020.

What: Information and application session for parents/students considering applying for a Worthington Scholarship

Where:
The Hutchinson Center
80 Belmont Avenue (Route #3), Belfast, Maine 04915
Phone: 207.338.8000

When: Saturday, February 2, 2:30 PM. FMI/RSVP: Kerry@worthingtonscholars.org; (207) 596-5800

The Worthington Scholarship is expanding to Waldo County! All current junior and senior students at Belfast, Searsport and Mt. View High School with a C average or higher who plan to attend college following high school graduation are invited to attend, as in 2019 this scholarship will be given in your high school.

Meet Worthington Scholarship staff members Rick, Jay and Kerry who will describe the Worthington scholarship, how it works and how to apply. Refreshments will be served.

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 Foundation

(207) 596-5800

30 School Street, Suite 202
Rockland, ME 04841

P.O. Box 1694
Rockland, ME 04841