ORONO, Maine — Samuel Chase, a senior at Orono High School, is Maine’s winner of the 2012 National Honor Society Scholarship, the school announced last week. He will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
“Sam exemplifies the character, academic performance and school involvement that our staff strives to instill in our youth,” Orono High School Principal Jim Chasse said. “We are so very proud of him; he has truly earned this distinguished recognition and scholarship.”
Chase plans to attend Bowdoin College in the fall.
Jacob Macdonald, a senior at Poland Regional High School, was a finalist for the Maine scholarship and received a $1,000 award.
At least two students in every state, plus Puerto Rico, received scholarships, with up to five awards available in the country’s largest states. In all, more than 6,000 students across the nation were nominated for the scholarships.
Winners from each state went on to compete for regional awards of $3,000. The national winner, Amy Chyao of Plano East Senior High School in Texas, received $13,000.
There are more than 15,000 chapters of the National Honor Society in schools in the U.S. and overseas. The group has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships since 1946.