Announcing the 2022 Mission Scholars!

by | Apr 14, 2022 | News

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Maine Seacoast Mission is pleased to announce 23 Mission Scholars for the 2022-2023 school year. These new scholarship award recipients hail from Hancock and Washington Counties and will pursue college degree programs from a diverse number of schools. Representing eleven high schools in the Mission’s service area, the 2022 Mission Scholars are: 

  • Lauren Beal, Jonesport-Beals High School, Washington County 
  • Bella Brown, Mount Desert Island High School, Hancock County 
  • Dakota Brown, Machias Memorial High School, Washington County 
  • Noah Carver, Washington Academy, Washington County 
  • Taylor Dube, Ellsworth High School, Hancock County 
  • Madeline Henry, Ellsworth High School, Hancock County 
  • Mileena Sylvia, Machias Memorial High School, Washington County 
  • Rebecca Muise, Sumner Memorial High School, Hancock County 
  • Alexa Kennedy, George Stevens Academy, Hancock County
  • S. Ellen Larabee, George Stevens Academy, Hancock County  
  • Ava Lawson, Mount Desert Island High School, Hancock County 
  • Wilder Noyes, Mount Desert Island High School, Hancock County 
  • Kahlysta Morris, Shead High School, Washington County 
  • Henry Penfold, Deer-Isle/Stonington High School, Hancock County 
  • Luna Perry-St. Peter, Deer-Isle/Stonington High School, Hancock County 
  • Mia Richardson, Sumner Memorial High School, Hancock County 
  • Moira Sankey, Sumner Memorial High School, Hancock County 
  • Kobe Saunders, Calais Middle/High School, Washington County 
  • Tristan Seavey, Calais Middle/High School, Washington County 
  • Eliza Schaad, Sumner Memorial High School, Hancock County 
  • Johanna Stiles, Bucksport High School, Hancock County 
  • Zachary Wentworth, Calais Middle/High School, Washington County 
  • Logan Wilbur, Mount Desert Island High School, Hancock County 

The 2022 Mission Scholars join an existing 59 Scholars who renewed their applications for the coming academic year. For the 2022-2023 school year, $222,000 will be awarded to 82 college students. Since 1918, Maine Seacoast Mission has awarded almost $3 million in scholarships to support the college and career aspirations of youth in Washington and Hancock counties and select outer islands. 

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This year’s recipients have diverse academic interests including athletic training, psychology, secondary and elementary education, engineering, nursing, political science, music, theatre and costuming, English, environmental sciences, and history. Upon review of applications and a rigorous interview process, Downeast Director Melvin D. Adams III, Ed.D. praised Mission Scholars for their vast amount of talent, dedication, academic achievement, and aspirations.

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“Mission Scholars have grit, resilience, and enthusiasm regarding their higher education and career goals. This year’s class includes future artists, educators, musicians, mechanics, nurses, and scientists,” said Dr. Adams. “They exhibit a deep commitment to solving complex problems and challenges that exist in their communities in Maine and around the world. Still, many of these students are committed to living and working in Downeast Maine. We are excited to support their decision.” 

This year’s awardees have enrolled at University of Maine schools, Husson University, Bowdoin College, Bates College, Emerson College, Eastman School of Music, Maine Maritime Academy, and Johnson and Wales University amongst others.

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Maine Seacoast Mission offers committed, ongoing support and mentoring to Mission Scholars throughout their four-year college journey. These services help them achieve their goals and aspirations, which includes monthly check-ins, cohort group meetings, and care packages throughout the year. In addition, Mission Scholars are eligible to renew their scholarship for up to four years totaling $12,000. 

To learn more about our Scholarships program, please visit the Scholarships page.