ELLSWORTH – The Guy P. Gannett Journalism Scholarship fund, established by the trustees of the Gannett Foundation through the Maine Community Foundation in 2000, has awarded scholarships to 15 students, all graduates of Maine high schools.

They will receive financial support for graduate and undergraduate studies at schools across the country, including Columbia University, Bowdoin College, Maine College of Art, University of Maine and Northwestern University.

The Gannett awards this year total $160,000.

The new 2004 Gannett Scholars are Julia Hall of Peru and Josh Keefe of Veazie. Thirteen students had their Gannett scholarships renewed: Carolyn Bancroft, Portland; Emily Carle, Long Island; Samantha DePoy, Farmington; Libby Frances, Hollis; Katie Fuller, Dixfield; Robert Guerette, Auburn; Kristen Hopkins, Orland; Elizabeth Jarrell, Belfast; Daniel Louten, Portland; Heather Manning, Camden; Matthew Olson, Belfast; Kyle Robinson, Gouldsboro; and Karolina Turrell, Limington.

All have been pursuing journalism projects and careers in Maine and elsewhere, reporting for newspapers, radio and TV stations.

A volunteer review committee selected the students based on demonstrated interest in journalism, excellence in academic performance and financial need. The fund helps pay tuition to attend an undergraduate, graduate, trade or technical school.

A statewide organization with offices in Portland and Ellsworth, the Maine Community foundation works in partnership with donors and community groups to strengthen Maine. Last year the foundation awarded $9.3 million in grants and scholarships.

For more information, visit www.mainecf.org or call toll free 1-877-700-6800.

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