May 092017

by Glenys Ryder
Vice President of the Educational Aid Fund

On behalf of the MSG Educational Aid and the Howe’s Nurses Scholarship Fund, I am issuing a plea for your support.  This goes out to non-members, as well as to members of the Grange.

The cost of a college education is increasing each year, and our funds to help these young people are limited.  Any donation, however small it may be, made by individuals, Granges, or any other organization would be so appreciated!  You do not need to be a Granger in order to donate to this worthy cause.

There are many creative ways that a Grange can use to raise money, such as a supper, a raffle, or a program.  Think outside the box!  Come up with an activity that would be lots of fun for those participating as well as would raise the funds for some young person’s dream to come true.

Last year, the Maine State Grange was able to award ten $500 scholarships to ten deserving students.  With your generous donations, perhaps we can do even more this year.

Please send your donations to J. Patrick Elwell, Secretary/Treasurer, Educational Aid Fund, 136 Quaker Lane, Smithfield, ME 04978.

Thank you for doing your part in helping young adults, who will be our leaders of the future.

Mar 182017

Webmaster’s Note:  The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119, reprinted with permission. 

The Maine Legislative Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by the Maine Legislature to annually recognize one student from each county who is currently pursuing or is planning to pursue their education at a two-year or four-year degree-granting Maine college or technical school.  This scholarship is available for full or part-time students.  An eligible recipient must be a Maine resident who is accepted to or enrolled in a two- or four-year degree-granting Maine college or technical school that is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Awards are made on the basis of academic excellence, contributions to community and employment, financial need, letters of recommendation, and an essay of 300 words or less from the applicant that explains his or her educational goals and intentions.

All application components must be submitted and postmarked by May 1, 2017, to the following address:  Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), Attn:  Maine Legislative Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 949, Augusta, ME 04332-0949.

Awards will be made directly to the applicant after successful completion of the first semester of school.  The Maine Legislative Memorial Scholarship Committee will announce scholarship winners for the 2016 applicants in the spring of 2017.  Scholarships may be deferred for one year if this is to the student’s financial advantage.

All funds for the Scholarship have been raised through an annual auction held in Augusta.  Legislators, staff, and lobbyists participate in the event by soliciting and making donations, organizing, and even “auctioneering”.  Hundreds of items are donated, many of them “made in Maine”, such as sardines, paintings, and weekend get-a-ways.  The auctions have been a tremendous success, making it possible for 16 students to receive as much as a $1,000 award.

For more information on this scholarship program, please click here.

Nov 042016

books-1012088_1280By Glenys Ryder, Vice-President of the Educational Aid Fund

At the recent 143rd Annual Convention of the Maine State Grange in Skowhegan, the trustees of the Educational Aide and Howes Nurses Scholarship Fund awarded $500 scholarships to ten deserving students.  Catherine Bernard, who is studying Health Science at USM and Hanna Gowen, who is studying Medical Lab Science at UMO were awarded Howes Nurses scholarships.  The following students were awarded Educational Aid scholarships:  Christina Colson, Business Admin.,UMA; Jared Grenier,Health, UMO; Nathan Hills,Secondary ED & Creative Writing, UM Machias; Christine Landes, MBA Public Admin.,SNHU; Grace Libby, Theatre, Suffolk Univ.; Angeleana Lyons, Psychology, UM Machias; Kayla Pyles, Forensic Science, Bay Path Univ.; and Mary Redmond, Sports Business, St. Leo Univ., Florida.

It is the aim of the Maine State Grange to support farming, community service, and education.  No nobler effort should be made than in these areas, which help young people as they prepare for their futures.

The trustees of the Educational Aide and Howes Nurses Scholarship Fund are seeking your help.As you know, the cost of an adequate education is increasing every year, and our funds to help these students are limited.  Any donation from individuals or from Granges, or from other organizations, would be so appreciated!  The donation of one individual may be small, but collectively, these small donations would mean a great deal in fulfilling their dreams.  Perhaps a Grange might hold a supper or raffle in order to raise money for this needy cause.

Donations may be sent to: Maine State Grange, 146 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330.  Any help that you can give us, would be greatly appreciated.


Feb 272016
Dorothy Waugh

Dorothy Waugh

Applications are now available for the third annual Dorothy Waugh Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Mill Stream Grange of Vienna. The scholarship will be awarded in June to an R.S.U. 9 Mt. Blue High School or Foster Tech graduating senior. Applicants will be considered who are pursuing a career in agriculture, horticulture or animal husbandry.

Dorothy Waugh, a longtime resident of Vienna and member of Mill Stream Grange, was affectionately known as “the Egg Lady”. She generously left a financial legacy to several organizations in Vienna, including the Grange, and this scholarship is in honor and recognition of her devotion to the community.

For more information about the application please contact the Mt. Blue High School guidance office at 207-778-3561.

Aug 152015

professor_with_pointer_display_400_clr_6645Please note that scholarship applications must be submitted by September 15, 2015. You can download the application, instructions and criteria here: Education Aid Application 2015 or visit the Program Books and Information Page. The application consists of two pages and should be printed front/back of one piece of paper. Don’t forget the application must be signed by the Master or Secretary of the applicant’s (or applicant’s parents) Grange.

May 192012

Educational Aide Fund & Howes Nursing Scholarship Fund

At the past several Annual State Sessions, we have been able to grant a dozen or more $600 scholarships to young people from across the state.  In order for us to continue this practice, we cannot rely much upon the interest that we receive upon our investments, (as you know times are “tuff”.)  We need the dedicated support of the subordinate and Pomona granges and most importantly the support of individual donors.  September first is the target date for the 2012 decision making on scholarships. (At the State Master’s behest, we are accepting funds in memory of our Past Flora, Kathy Brewer. This is indeed a fitting memorial to this wonderful lady. The donations in her memory should be mailed to me at 100 Pine Street in Waldoboro, 04572.)  The Committee thanks you for your longstanding support and appeals for your support this year. Please help the young folk!

Ron Dolloff, President
Board of Trustees