ROCKPORT, Maine — Maine Media Workshops has launched 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 Artists 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 members and work with peers from a wide range of backgrounds.
Over the past three years, while 150-200 students have participated in the program, only 10 each year have been Maine residents. Community outreach has been a primary goal of the school since it transitioned to a nonprofit 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,” said MMW President Charles Altschul. “We’re grateful to [the bank] 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 alumni 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. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. April 23. Awards will be announced the week of May 16.
Visit www.mainemedia.edu for complete course descriptions and details on registration and scholarships. Contact MMW directly by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 236-8581.