Recipients of the Worthington Scholarship gathered at the Samoset Resort for an inaugural Send-off Dinner Aug. 5.

First-year students who are preparing to begin college were invited to bring two guests, and were seated at tables with current Worthington Scholars from their college or university. The purpose of the dinner was to celebrate the new scholars as they embark on their college careers, introduce students and families to the Worthington Scholars program and provide an opportunity for older students to offer words of advice to first-year students. As Rebecca Boggs, a first-year student headed to USM, said, "The dinner was an incredible experience, especially because we got to meet new people that also received the Worthington Scholarship!"

Guests from Camden Hills and Oceanside high schools were present, as well as guests from University College Rockland, NewVentures Maine and Maine Community Foundation. David and Beverly Worthington hosted the event and spoke to the assembled guests about their own educational and professional journeys and their belief that all Worthington Scholars can achieve great success with hard work and perseverance.

Cherie Galyean, director of educational initiatives for Maine Community Foundation, gave students and parents essential information about MCF's role in the administration of the scholarship. Caitlin Clark, Worthington Scholars mentor, spoke about the importance of treating their studies like a full-time job, and building both a professional and personal network. The Worthington Scholarship began with Oceanside's class of 2010 and the mentoring program is in its second year. The mentoring program seeks to help students with the adjustment to college life and academics, connect students and families to each other, and cultivate a focus on career exploration, professional skill acquisition and professional development.

The Worthington Scholarship is available to seniors at Oceanside and Camden Hills high schools. In order to be eligible to apply for four years of scholarship support, students must have an 85 average or above and be enrolling at any of the University of Maine System universities, any Maine Community College, Husson University, Maine Maritime Academy, and starting with the class of 2017, Thomas College.

A second option is available for students with a C average (76-84): they are eligible for two years of scholarship support and may enroll at any of the Maine Community Colleges, or matriculate into a two-year program at University College Rockland. The scholarship amount has increased over the years and is now $4,000 per year for all recipients.

The students currently receiving the Worthington Scholarship are as follows:

Matthew Ackley, University of Maine; Mary Allen, University of Maine; Ryan Allender, Husson University; Rebecca Boggs, University of Southern Maine; Sarah Booth, Husson University; Jamie Brown, University of Maine Fort Kent; Maxine Burretta, Suffolk University (Scholarship criteria changed three years ago to focus on in-state schools); Kelsey Campbell, University of Maine August; Alexandrea Chase, University of Southern Maine; Paige Colson, Husson University; Jonathan Cormier, Husson University; Cassandra Curtis, Husson University; Alexis Davis, University of Maine Augusta; Zachary Dean, University of Maine; Maggie Drinkwater, University of Maine; Audrey Elliott, University of Maine Farmington; Janelle Fowlie, Husson University; David Gould, University of Maine; Kalyn Grover, University of Maine Farmington; Sydney Gustafson, University of Maine Farmington; Ronald Hall, University of Maine; Jesse Hallock, Southern Maine Community College; Juliana Haynes, University of Maine; Daniel Hendricks, University of Maine; Olivia Hupper, Maine Maritime Academy; Keenan Hendricks, University of Southern Maine; Jalynn Hurd, University of Southern Maine; Rachel Johnson, University of Maine; Tabbitha Johnston, University of Maine Augusta; Alayna Joyce, University of Maine; Lindsey Joyce, University of Maine; Nicholas Judge, Maine Maritime Academy; Steven Judge, Maine Maritime Academy; Kathryn Kelley, Central Maine Community College; Stephen Kennedy, Northern Maine Community College; Chelsea Keyes, Southern New Hampshire University; Andrew King, Maine Maritime Academy; Hannah Kutchinski, University of Maine Augusta; Aiden Lammert, University of Maine; Russell Lawrence, University of Maine; Kelsey Lawry, University of Southern Maine; Joshua Luttrell, University of Maine; Danessa MacDonald, St. Joseph's College; Alden Mason, Maine Maritime Academy; Krisandra McNichol, University of Maine; Hilary Merrifield, University of Maine; Natasha Morong, Husson University; Audrey Myers, University of Maine Fort Kent; James Nguyen, University of Southern Maine; Ashley Oakes, Eastern Maine Community College; Zachary Peaco, University of Maine; Frances Pendleton, University of Maine; Ashley Pezanowski, University of Maine; Bronson Philbrick, University of Maine; Riley Pillsbury, University of Maine; Rory Polyblank, Maine Maritime Academy; Gavyn Powers, Husson University; Emily Protheroe, University of Maine; Caitlin Raye, University of Maine Farmington; Mackenzie Raymond, University of Maine; Kaleb Robinson, University of Maine; Rachel Robinson, University of Maine Augusta; Zachary Roman, Maine Maritime Academy; Noah Stevens, Husson University; Makaye Stone, University of Maine Augusta; Olivia Stone, University of Southern Maine; Charlotte Strong-Ames, Husson University; Elias Thorbjornson, University of Maine; Sara Wandell, Husson University; Eben Wight, University of Maine; Keeli Wood, Husson University; Nikolai Wotton, Northeastern University; Michaela Wright, University of Maine Farmington; Sebastian Yattaw, University of Maine; Autumn Young, University of Maine Farmington.