Maine Media Workshops announced the launch of a new scholarship fund for Maine high school students attending its Young Artists Program. Partnering with Camden National Bank, Maine Media Workshops has committed $10,000 for Maine Youth Scholarships in 2010.

The Young Artist Program, which takes place in June, July and August, provides opportunities for students ages 14 to 17 to study photography, filmmaking, multimedia and acting. More than 30 one- and two-week classes include introductory and advanced course work as well as specialized workshops in editing, screenwriting, animation and special effects.

Teens from across the country travel to Maine every summer to study with world-class faculty and to work with peers from a wide range of backgrounds. During the past three years, while 150 to 200 students have participated in the program, only 10 each year have been Maine residents. Community outreach has been a primary goal of the school since it transitioned to a nonprofit organization in 2007. The new scholarship fund will make it possible for more Maine teens to participate in the Young Artists Program.

“Camden National Bank’s commitment to opportunities for youth and cultural enrichment for the community make them an ideal partner for this program,” said┬áMaine Media Workshops President Charles Altschul in a news release. “We’re grateful to CNB for providing critical support for the scholarship fund in its inaugural year.”

The experience of a workshop opens up for young people not only the chance to expand their knowledge of a favorite hobby, but also the opportunity to discover possible careers in creative industries. Many Maine Media Workshops high school alums present examples of the work they produce in Rockport as part of their college applications or for employment.

“Sometimes all a student needs is an opportunity, a chance to express themselves and to be immersed in a creative environment,” said Greg Dufour, president and CEO of Camden National Bank. “We’re pleased to partner with MMW to help Maine youth realize their dreams, which will help fuel the creative economy of Maine.”

Application is by letter of interest, evidence of financial need as demonstrated on the application form, accompanied by a legal guardian’s most recent tax return, and three letters of recommendation. Samples of previous work should accompany applications for assistance for advanced workshops; otherwise, no portfolio review is required.┬áThe deadline for submissions is April 23 at 5 p.m. Awards will be announced the week of May 16. If not all funds are distributed at that time, additional applications will be accepted.

For complete course descriptions and details on registration and scholarships, visit mainemedia.edu or call 236-8581.