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Hope resident awarded scholarship

Jun 11, 2019

Portland — Henry Laurita, of Hope, has been awarded a MEMIC Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship. The scholarships are granted to children of workers who suffered serious workplace injuries. Laurita is the son of the late veterinarian James Laurita, who was killed in an accident while tending to the care and rehabilitation of elephants at Hope Elephants, the nonprofit elephant sanctuary he founded.

Henry Laurita was a Horizon Scholarship recipient in 2015 and will be a senior at the University of Maine. He is studying Zoology, with minors in Neuroscience and Psychology. He is an athlete and volunteers at a gymnastics facility. In addition, he writes a monthly wildlife column for the PenBay Pilot.

The Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship is named after former Camden resident Harvey Picker, a physicist, educator, philanthropist and advocate for education.

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