Medical scholarship initiated for Oxford, Androscoggin students

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NORWAY — A group of interested Androscoggin and Oxford county residents met on Sept. 22 at the Norway Memorial Library in Norway to develop the format for the newly formed Diane E. Curtis Medical Scholarship.

The scholarship was formed to commemorate the life of Diane E. Curtis of Norway, who recently lost her courageous, 10-year battle with breast cancer. Diane was a volunteer at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and a passionate believer in the home care process.

A committee was formed by Diane’s husband, Tom, who asked the following, all of whom accepted the challenge, to become the board of directors of that scholarship committee: Nicolette Erickson, MD, Bethel; Beth Kane, Oxford; Scott Berk, Otisfield; Jim Bouchard, Lewiston; Miles Hunt, North Yarmouth; and Woody Trask, Auburn.

The purpose of the $1,000 annual scholarship is to reward a student who aspires to become a member of the medical field as well as become a contributing member of the community.

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All guidance counselors of the high schools and prep schools in Androscoggin and Oxford counties will receive information on the scholarship within the next few weeks.

The scholarship will also be available to any current college students who graduated from a school in one of the counties, and to any home-schooled students who possess the desire and passion to become involved in the medical field.

Anyone wanting to know more about the new scholarship should send a self-addressed, stamped letter to Thomas Curtis, P.O. Box 613, Norway, ME 04268.

Feb. 28 is the deadline to receive nominations and the winner will be notified by May 1.

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