The University of Maine at Augusta honored a number of students, including several from the Midcoast, for academic achievement and community service at its annual Senior Banquet held May 4 in Jewett Auditorium. Many of the award winners will be attending UMA’s Commencement May 10 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Midcoast UMA 2014 award recipients are as follows. The Francis T. and Catherine B. Finnegan Scholarship was awarded to Kelly Young of Brooks. Both Finnegans played crucial roles in the early development and academic evolution of the University of Maine at Augusta: Francis worked at both state and municipal levels in asserting the need for post-secondary education in central Maine; and Catherine, a professor of psychology, was instrumental in developing a merged relationship with mental health providers and student field experience. This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English and/or a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Wenda Fisher of Appleton received the Outstanding Art Student Award. Recipient of this award has made a significant contribution to the UMA community and to the Art Department, and will be a graduate in the baccalaureate of arts in art with the studio art concentration.

Tristen Ripley of Liberty was given the Distinguished Biology Student Award, given to a biology major who exhibits an exceptional ability to apply an understanding of biological concepts and principles, displays creativity in thinking about biological concepts, demonstrates an inquiring mind in the pursuit of biological understanding, exhibits enthusiasm for the scientific enterprise, demonstrates initiative and resourcefulness in accomplishing educational goals and achieves academic excellence.

Also honored but unable to attend the dinner were Margaret Collamore-Campbell of Waldoboro, awarded for completion of the Honors Program; and Travis Rowe of Searsport, who won the Kenneth Craig Ward Scholarship.

Also from Searsport, University of Maine student Victoria Hurlburt has been awarded the Bob Crew Foundation Scholarship for excellence in undergraduate music study at USM's annual Student Recognition Day awards ceremony.

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