Guidelines for Administration

Purpose

 

The purpose of this fund is to benefit graduates of Oceanside High School, Medomak Valley High School, Camden Hills High School, Searsport District High School, Belfast Area High School and Mt. View High School.

 

Administration and Eligibility Criteria

 

The Worthington Scholarship will be administered by the Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) in partnership with the guidance staff of the above high schools.  The fund contact will be the superintendent of schools or the business office. The new recipient application and selection process will be handled by each high school’s Scholarship Committee, under the oversight of the guidance staff and MaineCF. The renewal application and selection process will be handled by MaineCF.

 

The contacts at the Maine Community Foundation will be the Scholarship Manager and the Director of Educational Initiatives. MaineCF will hold the assets and send each high school a recommendation form each year with a budget for new awards. The schools will make selections and return the form by June. Copies of recipient applications, to include the Student Aid Report, will be provided to the Worthington Scholarship Foundation (WSF). MaineCF will then send a Terms of Award letter to each recipient (new and renewal) that must be signed and returned before payment of an award can be scheduled.

 

Awards are based on need and merit using the following criteria:

 

Eligible students will:

 

FOR A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE:

 

  1. Have a cumulative average of “B” or higher (85 and above) and plan to attend any campus of the University of Maine system, Maine Maritime Academy, Husson University, Thomas, Bates, Colby or Bowdoin Colleges.
  2. Complete the FAFSA and have a federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less.

 

FOR A TWO-YEAR COLLEGE:

 

  1. Have a cumulative average of “C” or higher (76 and above) and plan to attend any campus of the Maine Community College System or University .
  2. Complete the FAFSA and have a federal Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $15,000 or less.

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:All students must be enrolled in a full-time course of study.  For specific dates & availability at each high school, please check with your guidance office.

 

 

Renewals

 

  1. This award is RENEWABLE for the duration of an accredited degree program:
  2. Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and continue in their degree program. If a student’s cumulative GPA is below a 2.0, they should still apply for renewal and communicate with their WSF mentor.
  3. Students who were approved for a scholarship at a two year college (the “C” average criteria) and who have successfully completed two years of full-time enrollment may apply for renewal for two additional years of Bachelor degree support at any one of our approved 4-year colleges.
  4. Application season begins January 2.   Renewal is done online, via the Maine Community Foundation.  To renew, provide a letter outlining your previous year of study and current academic program as well as a current transcript through the application portal maintained by MaineCF by the April 1st MCF deadline.  MaineCF will authorize continuation of the award based on each student meeting the criteria of the scholarship.  FMI:  Contact Liz Fickett, MCF Scholarship Funds Manager at lfickett@mainecf.org.
  5. File an updated FAFSA each year.
  6. MaineCF will share renewal letters and recipient information with the Worthington Foundation for the purposes of student tracking and mentorship assistance, as well as funding.

 

Award Administration

 

  1. Award will be up to $4,000 per year and will continue through the duration of the student’s accredited program.
    1. The default payment schedule will be 50% in the fall semester and 50% in the spring semester. Recipients must notify the Maine Community Foundation if they would like their payment schedule altered.
    2. If a recipient’s chosen college functions on a quarter system, or other non-standard schedule, payment will be adjusted as necessary.
  2. Awards are renewable.
  3. MaineCF will pay awards directly to a recipient’s college or university.
  4. Deferments may be approved for a semester for reasons or medical, financial, or family difficulties. However, awards will only be renewed for a maximum of eight semesters over a six-year time period.
  5. The Worthington Scholarship will require the students to communicate periodically with a mentor from the Scholarship Foundation throughout the course of their college career.  This mentor is intended to assist students with their transition to college and provide a variety of assistance as needed throughout the renewal period. By accepting your scholarship award, you permit the Maine Community Foundation to share information from your application with the Worthington Scholarship Foundation, including your contact information.

 

Revised 11/30

 

Worthington Scholarship Foundation

(207) 596-5800

30 School Street, Suite 202
Rockland, ME 04841

P.O. Box 1694
Rockland, ME 04841