ROCKPORT – In its inaugural year, the new Maine Youth Scholarship Fund has given Maine teens the opportunity to spend part of their summer vacations immersed in the creative environment of Maine Media Workshops, surrounded by peers who share their interest in photography and filmmaking.
This summer Maine Media was pleased to award scholarships to six Maine teens, hailing from Yarmouth to Monroe, to attend a workshop of their choice as part of the school’s Young Artists Program. This program provides opportunities for students ages 14-17 to attend one-and two-week summer workshops in photography, filmmaking, multimedia, and acting.
Teens from across the country travel to Maine every summer to take part in the program, but over the past three years, few have been Maine residents. Camden National Bank partnered with Maine Media this year to provide scholarship funds to make it possible for more Maine teens to participate in the school’s
Young Artists Program. The school reached out to photography, film, and art teachers across Maine to promote the opportunity to their students.
“We are proud to play a part in the scholarship fund which allows local students to experience a world-class learning environment while highlighting Maine Media’s contribution to the economic development of our area,” said Gregory A. Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank.
The new scholarship fund plays a key role in Maine Media’s efforts to reach out to the local community, a primary goal of the school since its transition to a non-profit organization in 2007. “We’re excited to welcome more Maine teens to campus, thanks in large part to the generosity of Camden National Bank,” says MMW President Charles Altschul. “The success of this scholarship program is encouraging, and we hope to provide even more opportunities for Maine high school students in 2011.”
The scholarship recipients were chosen based on an application proces
s that included an essay, recommendation letters, and a portfolio for entry into advanced classes. This year’s students are taking workshops in traditional black-and-white and digital photography, as well as filmmaking.
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Maine Media Young Artists, Olin Jenner (Young Digital Photographers) and Hila Shooter (Young Filmmakers) are among six Maine teens to benefit from the Maine Youth Scholarship Fund which is supported by Camden National Bank and Maine Media Workshops. Pictured above: Olin Jenner, Gregory A. Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank, and Hila Shooter.
Photo: Courtesy Camden National Bank