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Maine Fishermen’s Forum Doesn’t Let Pandemic Interfere With Scholarship Awards

Despite the fact that the Maine Fishermen’s Forum was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, the Forum’s Board was able to award 23 educational scholarships to children, grandchildren or dependents of Maine fishing families. The scholarships assist students in at least their second year of college or vocational school to pay for school expenses. Funding for the scholarships comes from many sources, the most popular of which is the annual Friday night auction held at the Forum. The auction brings out the crowd, many of whom compete with each other in raising the bid prices on everyday items sky high.

Image Courtesy: M. Young

This year the auction was held online, but the enthusiasm of the participants remained the same. Bids flocked in for items such as an Icelandic sweater, a sea bag commemorating the Hayley Ann, lost at sea in early 2020, and overnight accommodations at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. It was the handknit socks, made each year by Maggie Raymond, however that really got the bids going. After a steady increase in bid amounts, the wool socks were finally won with a $455 bid from Hank Soule, longtime Forum board member.

This year the Board awarded $43,500 to the following students, a remarkable feat in a remarkable year.

NAME SPONSOR HOMETOWN

Aubrey Anderson Alan Miller Spruce Head

Mackenzie Arey Heron Arey Milbridge

Matthew Beard Matthew Beard Portland

Hayden Brewer Russell Brewer Boothbay Harbor

Jacquelyn Cook John Cook, Jr. Perry

Reece Dannenberg Carl Dannenberg Sedgwick

Paige Dennison Kory Dennison Vinalhaven

Margaret Kelly Thomas & Peter Kelly Portland

William LaBrecque Raymond H Swett Jr. Southport

Levi Little James R. Little Phippsburg

Adeline McDonald Jason McDonald Deer Isle

Erin Moody Brian Moody Harpswell

Nolan R. Murphy Shawn Murphy Seal Cove

Adam Norwood II Adam Norwood Blue Hill

Moriah Nutter William Nutter Deer Isle

Shaw Pinkham-McKnight Ronald Pinkham Five Islands

Caitlyn Rich Lawrence Rich South Portland

Jordan Rich Todd Rich Long Island

Jon Robbins Stephen H Robbins, Jr Little Deer Isle

Madigan Saunders Charles Saunders Harpswell

Rosemary Train Steve Train Long Island

Libby Weed Leroy Weed Jr. Stonington

Cooper Wirkala Jim Wirkala Spruce Head

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