Mainely Character, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that recognizes and rewards Maine students who demonstrate extraordinary character, has awarded scholarships to six high school seniors, among them David Warren of Morrill.

Each year, more than 200 seniors from high schools across Maine apply for scholarships awarded by Mainely Character and its partnering sponsors. Applicants provide personal stories that demonstrate the four aspects of character: integrity, concern, responsibility, and courage. Applications are panel-reviewed and selections are made following a personal interview and reference checks.

The six winners received a combined $14,500 in scholarships. They are:

Sophia DeSchiffart, Narraguagus High School, $5,000 Mainely Character scholarship, sponsored by R.M. Davis, Inc.

Julia Hanson, Casco Bay High School for Expeditionary Learning, $2,500 Mainely Character Scholarship, sponsored by Machias Savings Bank.

Ashleigh Cote, Gardiner High School, $2,500 Mainely Character Scholarship, sponsored by Market Decisions Research.

Habso Omani, Portland High School, $2,500 Mainely Character Scholarship, sponsored by Biddeford Savings Bank.

Lucas Brown, South Portland High School, $1,000 Mainely Character Scholarship.

David Warren, Belfast Area High School, $1,000 Mainely Character Scholarship.

In his Mainely Character scholarship application, Warren wrote that volunteering as a firefighter is a family tradition. He has been a member of the Morrill Volunteer Fire Department since his freshman year, accumulating more than 100 hours of service in training activities and firefighting.

Once, Warren was called out at 2:30 a.m. for a fire at a large Chinese restaurant, with only a handful of other firefighters also responding. Being so shorthanded, Warren had to go up the ladder for his first time outside training. Despite being terrified, Warren said he is proud of his actions.

While supporting his community as a firefighter, Warren also cuts and stacks firewood ― enough for two families every year ― and keeps a wood boiler going for his family all winter. He also operates his own landscaping business and is the captain of his wrestling team. He plans to complete a welding certification program this fall.

About Mainely Character

Mainely Character was founded to recognize and reward graduating seniors that demonstrate extraordinary character. Each year three or four scholarships are awarded. Since 2001, Mainely Character has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships. Scholarship awardees are selected based on their demonstration of courage, integrity, responsibility, and concern for others. Learn more at