ELLSWORTH – The Guy P. Gannett Journalism Scholarship Fund of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded nearly $260,000 in scholarships to 21 students, all graduates of Maine high schools. They will receive financial support for graduate and undergraduate studies at schools across the country and abroad, including Columbia University, Bowdoin College, Skidmore College, University of Maine, Michigan State and American University of Rome.

“Gannett scholars are exceptional young people who come from all parts of Maine,” said Henry Schmelzer, president of the Maine Community Foundation. “We are honored to help fulfill the Gannett family’s mission to support these journalists in their education. They can play an important role in the future of Maine,” he said.

The 2006 local Gannett Scholars are Emily Blanck, Winthrop and Kyle Cota, Carrabassett Valley. Local students who had their Gannett scholarships renewed: Caitlyn Coyne, Readfield; Samantha DePoy-Warren, Farmington; and Robert Guerette, Auburn.

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.

Applications for the 2007 Guy P. Gannett Journalism Scholarship will be available in January at high school guidance offices and at www.mainecf.org.

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