Hope man receives scholarship

Jun 12, 2018
Louis Laurita, of Hope, accepts his award at The MEMIC Group annual meeting of policyholders.

Portland — At its recent annual meeting of policyholders, The MEMIC Group awarded $15,000 in scholarships to three children of workers who suffered serious workplace injuries, including Louis Laurita, of Hope. The scholarships were awarded by the MEMIC Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship fund.

Louis Laurita is the son of the late Camden veterinarian James Laurita. A graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School, Laurita plans to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.. He is the co-founder and senior editor of a school newspaper and is involved with the MidCoast Interact Club, Camden for Community and the Liberian Education Fund. Laurita currently works as a coach and mentor at HopeAir, a gymnastics and movement facility in Hope.

The scholarship is named after former Camden resident Harvey Picker, a physicist, educator, philanthropist and advocate for education. In 1992, Picker was appointed by then Governor John R. McKernan as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Workers’ Compensation, which led to the formation of MEMIC 25 years ago.

Derek McGraw of Brooklin, and Natalia Hinman of Liverpool, New York were also recipients of the award.

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