Michael Havlin of Hampden, Maine, was selected by USM Department of Economics faculty as the 2013 USM recipient of a $1,000 Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation (HEAF) scholarship, awarded by the Maine Bankers Association. Havlin, a 2010 graduate of Hampden Academy is a USM senior majoring in both economics and general management in business and expects to graduate in May 2014. Havlin was honored on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 during an early-morning reception held at the Gorham Savings Bank, 63 Marginal Way, Portland.
At the reception, Michael was congratulated and presented with a certificate by Chris Emmons, president of Gorham Savings Bank Also present were Havlin’s mother, Kelly Havlin of Hampden; USM Department of Economics faculty; officials from USM 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. (View event photos on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1fClsCs.)
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 is now managed by the Maine Bankers Association, and 16 Maine HEAF scholarships are awarded annually to college students who graduated from a Maine High School, are enrolled at a college receiving a HEAF grant, and have high academic standing in a business-related major.