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Scholarship recipient: Teaching history is 'dream job'

By Fran Gonzalez | Jun 17, 2020
Courtesy of: The Belfast Historical Society and Museum Belfast Area High School graduate Katie Ritchie will be heading to University of Maine in Orono this fall to study history. She is the recipient of the Doris Hall Memorial Scholarship.

Belfast — Katie Ritchie is modest. "I'm not the type of person that expects to get things," she said of the Doris Wilson Hall Memorial Scholarship for history, which she recently received from the Belfast Historical Society and Museum.

The Belfast Area High School 2020 graduate did admit that she had worked very hard on several scholarship applications.

The award is named for Mrs. Hall, a 35-year teacher in the Belfast school district. After her retirement in 1963, she joined the Belfast Historical Society and served as treasurer for many years, according to the society.

The $500 scholarship is awarded to a Belfast-area graduating senior who plans to major in history, anthropology, archeology or museum studies at a four-year college or university.

Ritchie will be attending the University of Maine in Orono this fall and plans to major in history. She said her dream job would be to become a professor at a college teaching history and she is looking forward to starting school in fall "and seeing all of it."

"This is really a great opportunity, and I am so grateful that they are supporting and investing in me," Ritchie said.

The Belfast Historical Society and Museum, at 10 Market St., Belfast, is open for the season. For more information, call 338-9229 or visit

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