Waldo County Education Association-Retired is seeking help with funding for its scholarships.

The group instituted its scholarship program in 1976 when four savings bonds were given to two students from Mount View High School, one from Belfast Area High School and one from Searsport High School. In 1977, WCEAR started awarding scholarships on a yearly basis, and to the present day the total amount is over $45,000. In the 1980s, students from Islesboro also were recipients.

Then came COVID-19, and WCEAR had to adjust its fundraising, which had consisted of food sales, plant sales, yard sales, basket raffles, and donations from our regular meetings. The pandemic limited personal contact and the group’s ability to reach the public, although members were able to continue active involvement in their scholarship endeavors through meetings via Zoom.

“Former recipients have worked diligently to achieve excellence in their courses at college,” the group said in a press release. “Other worthy students could have the opportunity to further their education with the help from the community.”

WCEAR asks members of the public to please consider making a donation. “… Providing scholarly gifts continues to be the fundamental goal of the Waldo County Education Association-Retired,” the press release said.

Checks should be made out to WCEAR and mailed to Rebecca Vachon, 146 Robinson Schoolhouse Road, Morrill, ME 04952.