A little work pays with scholarship


RUMFORD — During his senior year at Mountain Valley High School, Kyle Gauvin was a regular face in the guidance office. He applied for any and all scholarships that he qualified for. As a college freshmen, he is reaping the rewards of that effort.

Michael Mann and Ralph Arsenault recently presented Gauvin with a check for $1000 as the winner of the 2012 Oxford County Vietnam Veterans Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded at graduation and dependent on passing college grades during the first semester.

“I wrote a 500-word essay on what freedom means to me,” Gauvin said. “It was a small amount of effort to earn this scholarship money. I thank the veterans for helping me with my college expenses.”

Gauvin is a pre-law student at the University of Maine. He hopes to become a judge some day.

In presenting the award, Mann said, “Congratulations to Kyle Gauvin from the OCVVMS Fund and the American Legion on your successful completion of your academic courses.”

Mann explained that the scholarship is open to students at both MVHS and Dirigo. While he has seen an increase in the number of students participating in the OCVVMS, another American Legion scholarship is often not awarded due to lack of applicants. He hopes that the veterans will coordinate an event in the spring to get the word out.

In the meantime, plans are underway for the annual lobster dinner on July 4 to raise funds for the scholarship. The public is invited to the dinner and to contribute to supporting worthy students.