In its inaugural year, the new Maine Youth Scholarship Fund has given Maine teens the opportunity to spend part of their summer vacations immersed in the creative environment of Maine Media Workshops, surrounded by peers who share their interest in photography and filmmaking.

This summer, Maine Media was pleased to award scholarships to six Maine teens, hailing from Yarmouth to Monroe, to attend a workshop of their choice as part of the school’s Young Artists Program. This program provides opportunities for students age 14 through 17 to attend one- and two-week summer workshops in photography, filmmaking, multimedia and acting.

Teens from across the country travel to Maine every summer to take part in the program, but over the past three years, few participants have been Maine residents. Camden National Bank partnered with Maine Media this year to provide scholarship funds to make it possible for more Maine teens to participate in the school’s Young Artists Program. The school reached out to photography, film and art teachers across Maine to promote the opportunity to their students.

“We are proud to play a part in the scholarship fund which allows local students to experience a world-class learning environment while highlighting Maine Media’s contribution to the economic development of our area,” said Gregory A. Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank.

The new scholarship fund plays a key role in Maine Media’s efforts to reach out to the local community, a primary goal of the school since its transition to a nonprofit organization in 2007.

“We’re excited to welcome more Maine teens to campus, thanks in large part to the generosity of Camden National Bank,” said MMW President Charles Altschul.

“The success of this scholarship program is encouraging, and we hope to provide even more opportunities for Maine high school students in 2011,” he said.

The scholarship recipients were chosen based on an application process that included an essay, recommendation letters and a portfolio for entry into advanced classes. This year’s students are taking workshops in traditional black-and-white and digital photography, as well as filmmaking.

For complete MMW program information, including free public events, visit mainemedia.edu; send e-mail to info@theworkshops.com; or call 236-8581.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.