January 16, 2018
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Three graduating seniors awarded scholarships for outstanding character

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PORTLAND, Maine — Graduates Nathan Fitzpatrick of Mountain Valley High School, Derek Talbot of Sanford High School, and Zechariah Palmeter of Bangor Christian School were honored with scholarships from Mainely Character, an organization that awards scholarships based on character: integrity, courage, responsibility, and concern for others.

Nathan Fitzpatrick received a $5,000 Mainely Character scholarship, sponsored by R.M. Davis, Inc. A graduate of Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Fitzpatrick impressed the scholarship committee with his tenacity and sense of responsibility. Fitzpatrick refused to have his life defined by a series of serious family challenges, including an autoimmune disease that has stricken his mother. Instead, his scholarship application stressed that he wants “to be a better man today than yesterday.”

“Nathan is an impressive young man who has a maturity well beyond his years,” says Peter Richardson, Vice President of R. M. Davis, Inc., in a press release. “He refuses to let life’s difficulties  get the best of him, and realizes that he is responsible overcoming the challenges that are  put in his way; he knows he is responsible for his own happiness. R. M. Davis, Inc. is proud to help Nathan peruse his aspirations with this scholarship award.”

Fitzpatrick will attend Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y.

Sanford High School graduate Derek Talbot received a $2,500 Mainely Character Scholarship, sponsored by Market Decisions.

After a difficult childhood that included a period living in a shelter, Talbot “made the choice to persevere.” Inspired by a teacher, he improved his grades and became involved in community service. Talbot tutors elementary students, helps at summer recreation programs, and is active in a youth program to clean and revitalize his hometown of Sanford.

“Derek decided not to let his situation get the best of him; instead, he decided to make a difference and has become a role model in the school and community,” says Curtis Mildner, President of Market Decisions and chair of the Mainely Character Board, in a press release. “He transformed from a shy kid to an enthusiastic young person who has worked hard to help those in his school, as well as the town.”

Talbot will attend the University of Maine.

Zechariah Palmeter, a 2014 graduate of Bangor Christian School, received a $2,500 Mainely Character Scholarship, sponsored by Northeast Bank.

Mission trips to Africa and Guatemala taught Palmeter about finding joy in the face of poverty — and fueled his mission to be positive and assist others. In addition to becoming a leader and role model at school, he’s also left his mark as a Boy Scout, spearheading an effort to construct a 20-foot long bridge for his Eagle Scout project.

“Zac also developed a clever program that collects unused funds from student meal plans at the University of Maine, and distribute them to a local food security group,” says  Shannon Odom, Mortgage Sales Manager at Northeast Bank, in a press release. “He has a terrific mix of leadership skills, compassion, and ingenuity.”

Palmeter will attend the University of Maine to major in mechanical engineering.

Mainely Character was established in 2000 to provide scholarships to Maine high school seniors who have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the principles of courage, integrity, responsibility and concern for others. Through generous donations, the organization awarded $10,000 in scholarships in 2014, including a $5,000 R.M. Davis, Inc. sponsored scholarship, $2500 from Northeast Bank and $2500 from Market Decisions.

Mainely Character is accepting new sponsors and donors to continue providing Maine scholarships to Maine students. For more information, visit www.MainelyCharacter.org.