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South Berwick’s Maguire Clan Winning USM Scholarships Is a Family Affair

This September, when the new academic year opens at the University of Southern Maine, Karyn Maguire of South Berwick will attend classes in the School of Education with the help of a Robert Noyce Scholarship. Noyce Scholarships support students studying to become teachers of math or science. Karyn, who is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, is working toward her teacher certification and a master’s in education, which she will put to good use as a high school biology teacher.

But the family’s accomplishments don’t stop with Karyn. Her daughter, April, a transfer student from York County Community College, is enrolled in USM’s nursing program. She studied nursing at both York County and Southern Maine Community Colleges, and is the recipient of The Charles J. Hoff Scholarship, awarded to USM transfers from the Maine Community College System and/or freshmen from Maine high schools.

Joining them at USM will be April’s sister, Megan, a 2012 graduate of Marshwood High School, who is an incoming freshman majoring in mathematics. Megan is the recipient of a Pioneer Scholarship, a honors program that began in 2011. Pioneer Scholars are freshmen from Maine high schools who major in science, technology, engineering or math. They receive full tuition for four years, paid internships and a notebook computer.

Karyn is the daughter of Karen and Darrel Bates, also of South Berwick.