BPW/Maine awards scholarship to home-schooled student for the first time

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8 July 2012

MADAWASKA- The Maine Business and Professional Women (BPW/Maine) has awarded Melanie L. Martin, a home-schooled student from Madawaska, the Futurama Scholarship in Memory of Arline Andrews Lovejoy in the amount of $1,200. Mrs. Lovejoy was a member of the Winthrop BPW and served the Maine BPW on both the Futurama and the Scholarship Committees.

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From left to right, Melanie L. Martin, BPW/Maine Past State President Burnette Bowker, and Fort Kent BPW Scholarship Committee Chair Venette King. – Contributed image

The state-wide scholarship is designed to assist a student in meeting educational expenses for the first year of post-secondary study. Melanie will attend the Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida, in the fall to major in natural sciences with a focus on physical therapy, with future plans to earn a doctorate in physical therapy.

The Fort Kent BPW Scholarship Committee Chair Venette King and past state President Burnette Bowker were on hand at Melanie’s home-school graduation on June 30, to make a special presentation on behalf of the BPW/Maine. This is the first time the organization has awarded a BPW/Maine scholarship to a home-schooled student.

Melanie is the daughter of John and Louise Martin, who have home-schooled her since the third grade.

Business and Professional Women’s Foundation (BPW Foundation) was the first foundation dedicated to conducting research and providing information solely about working women. Since then, they have partnered with employers to create successful workplaces that embrace and practice diversity, equity and work-life balance convening employers, working women and policymakers to promote systematic workplace change. Visit their website for more information at www.bpwfoundation.org.