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Worthington Scholarship Foundation elects new board members

May 11, 2020

The Worthington Scholarship Foundation board of directors has elected two new board members: Laurie Lachance, president of Thomas College, and Tony C. McKim, president and CEO of First National Bank.

In addition, Larry Barker, president and CEO at Machias Savings Bank, has joined as an Advisory Board member. Both McKim and Barker head Maine financial institutions that have partnered with the Worthington Foundation to increase accessibility to and information about the scholarship to students and parents in the communities they serve.

Board member Laurie Lachance is Thomas College’s fifth president and the first female and alumna to lead the college in its 125-year history. Lachance has served as president and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation and served three governors as the Maine state economist. A frequent author and speaker on leadership, education, and the economy of Maine, she holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Thomas College and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

She is a member of both Maine Women’s and Maine Business Hall of Fame and has been recognized by Maine Magazine as one of “the 50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future.” Laurie chairs the Board of Educare Central Maine, is a trustee of Foxcroft Academy, a board member of Educate Maine, and served on the New England Board of Higher Education’s Commission. Thomas College is a partner college with the Worthington Scholarship Foundation.

Board member Tony McKim leads First National Bank, the fourth-largest Maine-based financial institution. A long-time community volunteer, McKim chairs the Maine Bankers Association and is an executive committee member of Friends of Traditional Banking, a nationwide grass roots organization; he is also a board member of the Ellsworth Business Development Corp., and president of the board of Harbor House, a community service organization. McKim has coached youth basketball and baseball at a variety of levels. He co-founded an organization, Acadian Youth Sports, to promote youth sports in the Mount Desert Island and Trenton communities.

Advisory Board member Larry Barker grew up in Down East Maine. His connection to Machias Savings Bank, the fifth-largest bank in Maine with a footprint spanning Portland to Caribou, goes back to his early days of raking blueberries for the bank’s former CEO. He officially began his career at the bank in 1991, and became CEO in 2012. Barker has served on boards for the Sunrise County Economic Council, The Washington Hancock Community Agency and Washington Academy. He is also a board member of several banking associations. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maine Machias and resides with his family in Washington County.

The Worthington Scholarship exists through the support of David and Beverly Worthington, summer residents of Spruce Head Island. The scholarship is an annual renewable college scholarship intended to help Maine students afford and be successful in college. Award amount is $4,000, renewable annually and available for both community and four-year college attendance. Currently, 230 students are receiving scholarships. In 2020 an additional 244 scholarships are being awarded. The scholarship includes a mentoring component. For more information, visit



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