2016 Next Step Maine Scholarship Fund
The fourth annual scholarship program was a success!
Thanks to the many generous donations and partnership support from the community, we raised $35,600 in Scholarship Funds – twice the number raised last year.
We received 40 complete applications (40 employer nominations and 40 matching employee nominee forms) – double the number from last year. These 40 applications represented 27 different companies across Maine and 18 different educational institutions. From this competitive pool of applicants, 28 Employees of Promise scholarship recipients were selected representing 20 different companies, 7 counties, and 14 educational institutions.
Each recipient embodied the spirit of the Next Step Maine Scholarship Program – passionate adult learners committed to their work, their families, and life-long learning while working to advance their education and complete their degree. The nomination process shows employer commitment and highlights the great work our Next Step Maine Employers, committed organizations enrolled in the statewide Next Step Maine Employers’ Initiative, are doing to enhance Maine’s workforce.
Winners by county:
Ashley Belmain, The Aroostook Medical Center
Tracy Whitten, The Aroostook Medical Center
Shawna Chase, Tri-County Mental Health Services
Brandy Jenkins, Central Maine Medical Center
Christina McVay, Tri-County Mental Health Services
Lorri Morin, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Danielle Rideout, Tri-County Mental Health Services
David Burgess, Bowdoin College
Robert Conlogue, Town of Scarborough
Daniel Dusabimana, Spurwink Services
Brian Hallisey, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
Caleb Krantz, Mercy Hospital
Joseph Mushishi, Spurwink Services
Heather May Pond, VNA Home Health Hospice
Sara Smith, Bowdoin College
Jessica Stover, Coastal Enterprises Inc.
Daniela Todorova, Mercy Hospital
Sara Tompkins, Spurwink Services
Jessie Walker, Sugarloaf
Carrie Bartunek, Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation
Cheryl Doucette, Johnny’s Selected Seeds
Heather Spry, New Dimensions Federal Credit Union
Breanne Hatch, Damariscotta Bank & Trust
Carrie Hart, OHI
Bruce Hews Jr., Penobscot Community Health Center (Hope House)
Stephanie Mishou, Beal College
Kyle Santosuosso, LifeFlight of Maine
Danielle Thompson, Penobscot Community Health Center
Since 2013, the Next Step Maine program has contributed more than $63,900 in scholarships and helped more than 50 Maine employees attain advanced education in their field. Recent alumni of the program have experienced success in a variety of ways, including pay increases, promotion and career advancement. The goal of the Next Step Maine scholarship program is to support and recognize working adults who are going to school while managing jobs, families, and other responsibilities.
Scholarships are available for employees of Next Step Maine employers – committed employers who have joined a no-cost statewide initiative to advance the educational attainment of Maine’s workforce. View a list of current Next Step Maine employers.
Learn more about Next Step Maine and how to become a Next Step Maine employer.