MADAWASKA, Maine — NorState Federal Credit Union recently awarded six $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors throughout Aroostook County who had applied by the May 2020 deadline.
As part of the application process, high school applicants had to attend an Aroostook or Northern Penobscot County school; plan to enroll in a two-year or four-year college or university; and be an active NorState FCU member or have parent(s) or guardian(s) who were active members of the credit union.
Along with a short essay, applicants needed to list any or all community service projects they had contributed to or volunteered for.
“We put emphasis on volunteerism when considering applications for our scholarship awards. NorState’s philosophy of People Helping People defines who we are as an organization and as employees,” stated Susan G. Whitehead, CEO and president of NorState FCU.
“We encourage our employees and their families to give back to the communities in which they serve and/or live; it’s not unusual for the credit union to encourage its youth members to do the same,” Whitehead said.
The 2020 scholarship winners are as follows.
Eden Paradis from Fort Kent Community High School will attend Husson University for business management. He is the son of Denis and Suzie Paradis of Fort Kent.
Sean M. Montpetit from Ashland High School will attend Northern Maine Community College for automotive technology. He is the son of Bethann Basso of Masardis and Michael Montpetit of Ashland.
Celine Perry from Madawaska High School will attend the University of Maine at Orono for child psychology. She is the daughter of Karen and Douglas Morneault of Madawaska and Brian Perry of Waldoboro.
Elizabeth Dufresne from Madawaska High School will attend the University of Maine at Fort Kent for nursing. She is the daughter of April and Russell Leighton of St. David and Todd Dufresne of New York.
Christopher Matthew Parent from Caribou High School will attend the University of Maine at Presque Isle for criminal justice. He is the son of Jason and Kimberlee Parent of Caribou.
Raya Ringuette from Wisdom High School will attend the University of Maine at Fort Kent for nursing. She is the daughter of Paul and Natalie Ringuette of Frenchville.
Credit union staff congratulated all six of this year’s scholarship recipients.
For more information, visit www.norstatefcu.org. In addition to the main office in Madawaska, NorState has branches in Ashland, Eagle Lake, Fort Kent, Presque Isle and Van Buren.