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University of Southern Maine Announces Recipients of Essential Workers Scholarship

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 The University of Southern Maine (USM) is proud to recognize fifty outstanding USM students who are learning while working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in a range of essential capacities, including, but not limited to, health care professionals, firefighters, police officers, paramedics, retail and grocery employees, child care providers, delivery services workers and transportation providers.

For their commitment to academic excellence and public service, the University has awarded each student a $1,000 scholarship as an expression of gratitude on behalf of the USM community, and with the intent to help ease financial burdens on those who have continued working in essential jobs during their studies. The scholarships were funded in part by an allocation from the USM Office of the President and by private donations. 

“During this period of unprecedented challenges, we have come to understand just how essential these people are to keeping us going — as individuals and as a society,” explained USM President Glenn Cummings. “It’s only fitting that we recognize the importance of the work they are doing and the risks they are taking by helping to make their college education more affordable.”

USM recognizes the following scholarship recipients:

  • Sarah Thomas, Direct Support Professional, of Biddeford, ME
  • Megan Galley, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, of Biddeford, ME
  • Katelyn McKenzie, Youth & Family Counselor, of Saco, ME
  • Danny McLeer, St. Andre’s Nursing Home, of Saco, ME
  • Deanna Curit, Nursing Assistant, of Saco, ME
  • Natalie Ben-Ami, Hannaford, of Saco, ME
  • Shania Rodriguez, Unit Secretary, of Saco, ME
  • Brendan Sanphy, Hannaford, of Westbrook, ME
  • Zach Harrison, Firefighter, of Scarborough, ME
  • Hannie Chase, Certified Nursing Assistant, of Scarborough, ME
  • Kyle Dill, Phlebotomist, of Portland, ME
  • Julie Orrego, Social Services, of Portland, ME
  • Joe Kalilwa, Health Sciences, of Portland, ME
  • Amanda DePaola, Medical Laboratory Technician, of Portland, ME
  • Bhan Karam, Residential Specialist, of Portland, ME
  • Nicole Kumiega, Certified Nursing Assistant, of Falmouth, ME
  • Kabena Mutombo, Certified Nursing Assistant, of Gorham, ME
  • Taylor Newhall, Critical Care Technician, of Naples, ME
  • Jasmine Berube, Phlebotomist - Maine Medical Center, of Hollis Center, ME
  • Maddy Johnson, Dietary Aide, of Hollis Center, ME
  • Marissa Paul, Health Unit Coordinator/Medical Assistant, of South Portland, ME
  • Ikram Sugule, Certified Nursing Assistant, of South Portland, ME
  • Khaalid Kakande, Direct Support Professional, of Sanford, ME
  • Lexus Freeman, Certified Nursing Assistant, of Lebanon, ME
  • Alyssa Blais, Psychiatric Technician, of Lyman, ME
  • Julia Howitt, Oxford Street Shelter, of Durham, ME
  • Orlando Herrera-Vargas, Walmart, of Milbridge, ME
  • Izzy Lewis, Hannaford, of North Monmouth, ME
  • Katie Jordan, Burger King Team Leader, of Monmouth, ME
  • Jessica Monahan, EMT-B, of Buckfield, ME
  • Hannah Shields, Certified Nursing Assistant, of Buckfield, ME
  • Ana Hewett, Hannaford, of Sidney, ME
  • Chandler Guptill, Residential Assistant Supervisor, of Kennebunk, ME
  • Megan McLaughlin, Grocery Services, of Hudson, ME
  • Kaylee Leclerc, Professional Caregiver, of Jay, ME
  • Haley Hersey, Hannaford, of Fairfield, ME
  • Megan Godbout, Certified Nursing Assistant, of Hebron, ME
  • Sophie Manocchio, Certified Nursing Assistant, of Franklin, MA
  • Ireonna Scott, Beverly Hospital, of Beverly, MA
  • Jaida Buchanan, Shaw’s Supermarkets, of Hooksett, NH
  • Sierra Castonguay, Walmart, of Nottingham, NH
  • Jadyn Cunningham, Emergency Medical Technician Assistant Instructor, of Barrington, NH
  • Brandace Collins, Autism Registered Behavior Technician, of Ewa Beach, HI
  • Trentyn Cross, Grocery Clerk Supervisor, of San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Rachel Mest, Registered Behavior Therapist, of Bloomington, IN