RUMFORD – Two high school graduates were awarded scholarships from Rumford Group Homes Inc. Rumford Group Homes annually awards scholarships to a student at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford and a student at Dirigo High School in Dixfield.

The scholarships are awarded to students who plan to continue their education after high school graduation and work in the social services, psychology, behavioral health or a related field.

A committee selects students based on their academic achievements, participation in extracurricular activities and career goals.

Scholarship recipients are Erica Dyer and Catelyn Finlay.

Dyer is a graduate of Dirigo High School. While there, she worked in nursing homes where she learned about the nursing profession. She was involved in Big Brothers and Big Sisters and enjoyed mentoring the young people with whom she worked. Dyer graduated from Dirigo High School with honors. She plans to continue her education at University of Southern Maine and will major in nursing.

Finlay is a graduate of Mountain Valley High School. She plans to attend the University of Maine in Orono, where she will major in social work. Finlay was co-president of Peer Helpers and was a member of Voices Changing Choices. She played on the soccer team and was involved in the tennis team and theater, where she acted in several plays. Finlay is the daughter of Cheryl Lynn Finlay of Rumford.

Rumford Group Homes Inc. is a nationally accredited nonprofit social service agency. For 30 years it has served abused and neglected children, youth and families from throughout the state, with an emphasis on Oxford, Androscoggin, and Franklin counties.

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