The Waldo County Extension Association recently awarded Kayla Smith of Winterport $500 as the winner of the annual scholarship that is presented annually to a Waldo County student who intends to serve the community in a field associated with the mission of the cooperative extension.

Smith is the daughter of Jamie and Debbie Smith of Winterport. She is currently enrolled in the University of Maine, at Farmington and is pursuing a degree in special education.

The Waldo County Extension Association Scholarship is maintained by a fundraising event held every year called “Rural Living Day.” This year the event will be Saturday, April 10 at Unity College, and will feature 15 different educational seminars, from composting and seed-saving to wind power options for the home and gardening after late blight. For more information about Rural Living Day or to get registration materials, contact Sonia or Billie Jo at 800-287-1426.

Graduating seniors who are interested in applying for the 2010 scholarship are encouraged to visit umaine.edu/waldo and click on Waldo County Extension Association Scholarship under Waldo County News & Info for complete information.

Priority will be given to students who have experience with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and/or have prior experience in their chosen field of study. Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, May 7.