BELFAST — Members of the Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma presented this year’s $1,500 award July 26 to Alex Fountain of Liberty.

Fountain, who will be a junior at University of Maine at Orono this fall majoring in education and English, said she will be graduating a year early. She is also applying for a Fulbright grant to study creative writing at University College Cork in Ireland. The creative writing program at Cork, she noted, is completed in an intensive 12 months, while  at UMaine it is a two-year program. Her interests, she said, lie in literature and writing.

“I’m really excited about receiving this grant,” she said.

This summer, Fountain is also interning at the Worthington Scholarship Foundation in Rockland, where she is doing data entry.

Initially, Fountain said, her former high school guidance counselor let her know about the Epsilon Chapter scholarship. Chapter President Megan Hills said interested applicants should talk to their high school guidance counselor for information on how to apply for the grant or  approach an Epsilon member. “I encourage more Waldo County students to apply for this award,” Fountain said.

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International was founded in 1929 and promotes the  professional and personal growth of female educators and excellence in education. The grant is awarded to one, or two if funds allow, female college juniors pursuing a degree in education. The amount of the award varies each year, depending on funds raised.

Former Epsilon President Jen Kirchoff said this year many people donated funds in memory of Sandra Berry, who served as local chapter president, on the international executive board and was a Belfast Area High School teacher for 28 years.

Epsilon Chapter, located in Waldo County, currently has 40 members and raises money through bake sales, yard sales and member donations for scholarships for local young women pursuing a career in education.

For the past 15 years, the chapter has been providing every baby born in Waldo County with a bag of children’s books and information about the importance of reading, with its “Books for Babes” service project. Another project, “Cups of Care,” provides new educators with a coffee cup filled with classroom essentials, including pencils, pens and hand sanitizer, as a way to say thank you for stepping up and being part of the educational process.

The worldwide organization offers professional and personal growth opportunities and has members in 17 countries. For more information about DKG, visit  dkgmaine.weebly.com. For information on Epsilon Chapter, call Ilona Dubois at 548-0018 or email idubois@rsu71.org.