Worthington Scholarship Foundation announces major geographic, financial expansion; new partnerships

Nov 21, 2019

Rockland — David Worthington, founder and board chairman of the Worthington Scholarship Foundation, has announced a major expansion of the nonprofit’s college scholarships. The foundation plans to add an additional 17 high schools to the existing six in Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties.

Since 2016, almost $2.5 million has been awarded to Midcoast area students. The new high schools are located in Lincoln, Hancock and Washington counties and will double the number of annual awards distributed from approximately 110 to about 220.

Award amounts typically total $16,000 for a student attending a four-year college, distributed at $2,000 per semester. Community college students receive $2,000 per semester for the length of their program. Upon receiving an associate degree, a Worthington scholar can elect to continue to obtain a bachelor's degree. A mentoring component is also provided to each scholar to ensure their success.

Students receiving the scholarship must meet criteria based on their academic merit (high school grades) and financial need, and must attend one of the Maine colleges that have agreements with the foundation (Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Husson, Maine Maritime, Thomas, any Maine community college and any college of the University of Maine system).

The Worthington Scholarship exists through support from David and Beverly Worthington, summer residents of Spruce Head Island and winter residents of Naples, Florida. Beverly is a retired corporate commercial pilot and David worked in the oil business.

The Worthingtons settled in the Midcoast in 1990 as a result of a family connection and began offering the Worthington Scholarship to Oceanside High School students in 2010. The Worthington Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation incorporated in the state of Maine with offices and staff in Rockland.

Partnerships

Expansion into Waldo County in 2019 led to a partnership with the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, which provided meeting and event space and support for staff to meet with area students and parents.

First National Bank and Machias Savings Bank are the two newest partners to support the program's next geographic expansion. They allow the foundation to connect with and have access to high schools and students across a broad area of the state without having to add satellite offices or staff.

The two banks have agreed to assist in promoting awareness of Worthington scholarships in their communities, offering their many local branches as information centers where students can pick up information. Bank staff will provide assistance completing forms, answer scholars’ questions and provide ability to Skype or Zoom from the bank’s branch to the scholars’ mentors in the Rockland office.

For more information, visit worthingtonscholars.org or one of the partner organizations’ branches, or call 596-5800. Seniors graduating from a partner high school should visit their high school guidance office for application materials and deadlines.

High schools whose students are eligible to receive the scholarships are: in Hancock County, Bucksport, Deer Isle–Stonington, Ellsworth, George Stevens Academy, MDI and Sumner Memorial; Knox County, Camden Hills Regional, Oceanside, Lincoln County, Boothbay Region, Lincoln Academy, Medomak Valley, and Wiscasset; Waldo County, Belfast Area, Mount View and Searsport District; Washington County, Calais, East Grand, Jonesport-Beals, Machias Memorial, Narraguagus, Shead, Washington Academy and Woodland.

 

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