The Maine Community Foundation and the Joseph W. Mayo ALS Scholarship Committee announced that 14 Maine high school graduates have received spring semester scholarships.

The program, administered by the Maine Community Foundation, has provided more than $31,000 in scholarships since 2003. Eligibility is limited to Maine high school or GED graduates who are children, stepchildren, grandchildren, spouses or domestic partners of ALS patients enrolled in two-year, four-year or graduate college programs.

Established in 2003, the college scholarship program recognizes the contributions of Joseph Mayo, former clerk of the Maine House, as a father, friend and public servant. Mayo, of Thomaston and Augusta, was stricken with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2000.

The 14 Maine high school graduates who received this year’s spring semester scholarships are:

• Tessa Churchill of Cumberland Foreside and Brown University

• Erin Witham of Arrowsic and Earlham College

• Margaret Harding of Ellsworth and Husson University

• Jessica Metros of Brownville and Husson University

• Tia Rush of Mattawamkeag and Husson University

• Erika Landry of Boothbay Harbor and Temple University

• Andrew Slefinger of Buxton and the University of Maine at Orono

• Cassie Vaillancourt of Fort Kent and the University of Maine at Orono

• Robert Youde of Hallowell and the University of Maine at Farmington

• Amber Duguay of Mexico and the University of Maine at Farmington

• Carter Vaillancourt of Fort Kent and the University of Maine at Fort Kent

• Ashley Duguay of Mexico and the University of Maine at Fort Kent

• Christina Churchill of Cumberland Foreside and the University of Michigan Medical School

• Gerard Landry of Boothbay Harbor and the University of Southern Maine

The Joseph W. Mayo ALS Scholarship program is supported by donations from friends and the annual scholarship raffle. Tickets for the 2010 raffle, which will be held March 16 at the Legislative Scholarship Dinner and Auction, are now available from the Office of the Clerk of the House.

For more information, contact Millie MacFarland, clerk of the House and chairwoman of the scholarship committee, at 287-1400. Scholarship application forms can be downloaded at mainecf.org. The deadline for consideration for the next round of awards is May 1.