CASTINE, Maine — In the brief, three-year history of its Hilton Scholarships, 2013 has set a new standard for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine.
The church received 27 applications from the four high schools in play—Bucksport, George Stevens, Ellsworth, and Deer Isle—and the quality displayed proved a challenge for its Scholarship Committee.
Higher educational institutions to which candidates have applied include College of the Atlantic, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine College of Art, Bowdoin College, and the several campuses of the University of Maine System.
In addition to graduating high school seniors, for the first time this year the committee accepted applications from nontraditional students. In this separate category, April McFarland of Castine was selected. She plans to attend the University of Southern Maine and major in music education.
Of the graduating seniors, Courtney Fish of Bucksport is the awardee. She will attend the University of Maine at Farmington, where she plans to study secondary education English.
Both scholarships are for $1,000 and are awarded in honor of the Rev. Randall Hilton, minister of the church many decades ago.
“There were many strong candidates and it was not a quick or easy decision,” said Joan Bothwell of Penobscot, chair of the Scholarship Committee, in a press release. Members of the committee are Nancy Guy of Sedgwick and Diana Bernard and Deborah Neve, both of Castine.