Worthington Scholarship Foundation names executive director

Jun 06, 2018
Rick Bedigian is the new executive director of the Worthington Scholarship Foundation.

Rockland — The board of the Worthington Scholarship Foundation has elected one of its own to the position of executive director. This decision was taken in response to the resignation of former Executive Director Troy Curtis for health reasons.

Rick Bedigian received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in the area of microbiology and virology. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow at The Jackson Laboratory, and was awarded a fellowship by the National Institutes of Health to continue his his research.

He subsequently accepted a faculty position at The Jackson Laboratory, where he remained for the next 22 years. In 1998 he took a position with Science Applications International Corp., where he was vice president of program management and the head of the Laboratory Animal Sciences Program at the National Cancer Institute. In 2010 he received an award for merit from the National Institutes of Health. Following his retirement in 2010, he continued to support research programs at both The Jackson Laboratory and the National Cancer Institute. Bedigian resides in Spruce Head with his wife, Gayle.

The Worthington Scholarship Foundation has awarded 93 scholarships  in Knox County to the class of 2018 as follows: Oceanside High School - 48, Camden Regional High School - 25, and Medomak Valley High School - 20. The scholarships are in the amount of $4,000 per year. Plans are being developed to expand the scholarship program to Waldo County in 2019.

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