Mainely Character
scholarships awarded


Hawa Muana, a recent graduate of Deering High School, and Anna Seigel, a recent graduate of Waynflete School, have each been awarded a $5,000 Mainely Character scholarship, which is awarded annually to high school seniors who demonstrate exemplary concern for others, responsibility, integrity and courage, according to a release.

Muana attended Seeds of Peace Camp and for her Senior Capstone Project set up Black Youth Affinity Circles, facilitating discussions with Black youth. She was also a member of 4-H all four years of high school and developed a program for 10- to 13-year-olds about food systems, hydroponic farming and sustainable practices. She plans to attend the University of Southern Maine or Clark University and hopes to become a lawyer. Her scholarship is sponsored by Kathy Crosson and Lynn Bailets.


Siegel was the Maine coordinator for the first nationally led youth climate strike and with Cole Cochrane created Maine Youth Action. As advocacy director, she was involved with bills going to Maine Legislature on climate issues. She will attend Cornell University in the fall. The scholarship is sponsored by Katharine Lyon and Tim Glidden.

Portland district honored
for media, tech education

Portland Public Schools earned the designation of Common Sense District for its work teaching students to be smart, healthy and positive users of technology. Common Sense Education is a nonprofit organization that aims to help children and families better use media and technology.

SBSI reaches $100,000
scholarship milestone

Saco & Biddeford Savings has donated over $100,000 in scholarships to more than 100 graduating seniors since 2018. This year, SBSI has given out $24,000 in scholarships to students from 16 schools. The scholarships have been awarded to seniors who have excelled academically and have also shown commitment to their community through volunteer work, initiatives or innovative projects.

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