UMaine student receives $10,000 award for volunteer work

Posted Aug. 15, 2011, at 5:42 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — A University of Maine student who co-founded an organization that supports at-risk children has received a $10,000 award for her commitment to community service while completing undergraduate studies.

Rachel Binder-Hathaway, who helped start the nonprofit Seeds of Change while working toward a dual degree in financial economics and business administration, won the Pearson Prize for Higher Education for her volunteerism efforts as a single mother who was still in school, according to a Pearson Foundation press release.

Binder-Hathaway is a student in the honors college who plans to move to Bangladesh in 2012 as a Fulbright Fellow to volunteer and research microfinance and poverty.

She was one of 20 students nationally to receive the award.

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