Regional School Unit 3 will be receiving a major scholarship gift from the Worthington Scholarship Foundation.

District officials met with representatives of the foundation several weeks ago, Assistant Superintendent Jean Skorapa said. Tentatively, up to 17 graduating seniors in the Class of 2019 will be eligible for scholarships of up to $4,000 per year for students attending a four-year public college, and $2,000 per year for those attending community college.

David and Beverly Worthington started the scholarship program in Knox County in 2010 with a mission to support first-generation college students and students in poverty. The Worthingtons are summer residents of Spruce Island. The scholarship fund is built on David Worthington's work as a geophysicist consulting with oil companies.

Last year 95 students in Rockland, Camden and Waldoboro received Worthington scholarships. The foundation recently extended the program to Belfast Area High School.

The new scholarships, which could total as much as $272,000 in RSU 3, add significantly to college funding for Mount View High School graduates. Principal Zack Freeman said the total previously had been about $100,000, "give or take depending upon the year."

"We could not be more elated with their contribution to our students and their futures," he said.