University of Southern Maine senior awarded scholarship

Posted Dec. 13, 2013, at 2:41 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine – A University of Southern Maine senior majoring in economics and general management in business has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Maine Bankers Association.

Michael Havlin of Hampden,  a 2010 graduate of Hampden Academy, was honored Thursday, Dec. 12, during an early-morning reception at Gorham Savings Bank, 63 Marginal Way, Portland. Also present were Havlin’s mother, Kelly Havlin of Hampden; officials from USM’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; local Maine state legislators; and bank officers from Bath Savings Institution, Gorham Savings Bank, Camden National Bank, Norway Savings Bank, SIS Bank and TD Bank, N.A.

Havlin, who expects to graduate from USM in May 2014, was selected as one of the 2013 recipients of a Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation  scholarship. He was presented with a certificate by Chris Emmons, president of Gorham Savings Bank.

The scholarships are awarded annually based on merit and need to business administration, accounting or cconomics majors enrolled full-time and in their sophomore, junior or senior year.

The Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation was established in the 1950s as a guarantee fund for student loans. The founders included a wide range of banks, businesses, community organizations and individuals. In 1990, the HEAF trustees, to continue the original intent of the founding members, initiated a scholarship program funded by the return on the original loan guarantee funds. The fund now is managed by the Maine Bankers Association, and 16 scholarships are awarded annually to students in high academic standing who attended Maine high schools and who are currently pursuing business-related studies.

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