ROCKPORT, Maine – Maine Media Workshops (MMW) announces the launch of a new scholarship fund for Maine high school students attending MMW’s Young Artists Program. Partnering with Camden National Bank, MMW has committed $10,000 for Maine Youth Scholarships in 2010.
The Young Artist Program, which takes place in June, July, and August, provides opportunities for students ages 14-17 to study photography, filmmaking, multimedia, and acting. More than 30 one- and two-week classes include introductory and advanced course work as well as specialized workshops in editing, screenwriting, animation, and special effects.
Teens from across the country travel to Maine every summer to study with world-class faculty and to work with peers from a wide range of backgrounds. Over the past three years, while 150-200 students have participated in the program, only ten each year have been Maine residents. Community outreach has been a primary goal of the school
since transitioning to a non-profit organization in 2007. The new scholarship fund will make it possible for more Maine teens to participate in the Young Artists Program.
“Camden National Bank’s commitment to opportunities for youth and cultural enrichment for the community make them an ideal partner for this program,” says MMW President Charles Altschul, “We’re grateful to CNB for providing critical support for the scholarship fund in its inaugural year.”
The experience of a workshop opens up for young people not only the chance to expand their knowledge of a favorite hobby, but also the opportunity to discover possible careers in creative industries. Many MMW high school alums present examples of the work they produce in Rockport as part of their college applications or for employment.
"Sometimes all a student needs is an opportunity, a chance to express themselves and to be immersed in a creative environment," said Greg Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank. "We're pleased to partner with MMW to help Maine youth realize their dreams, which will help fuel the creative economy of Maine."
Application is by letter of interest, evidence of financial need as demonstrated on the application form, accompanied by legal guardian's most recent tax return, and three letters of recommendation. Samples of previous work should accompany applications for assistance for advanced workshops; otherwise, no portfolio review is required. The deadline for submissions is April 23, 2010 at 5pm. Awards will be announced the week of May 16, 2010. If not all funds are distributed at that time, additional applications will be accepted.
(attached photo by Chance Farago. Caption: Charles Altschul, president of Maine Media Workshops, receives a check from Gregory Dufour, president and chief executive officer of Camden National Bank, creating a partnership to underwrite scholarships to help Maine youth to advance their creative skills)