FARMINGTON — LEAP Inc. is accepting applications to the Cordes-Taylor Scholarship Fund.
LEAP’s board of directors developed the fund in 2004 to recognize the outstanding contributions of two women who have demonstrated excellence to LEAP (Life Enrichment Advancing People) Inc. with more than 52 years of combined service in support of people with developmental and intellectual impairments in Western and Central Maine.
Kathleen Cordes served LEAP for more than 25 years as a program administrator, manager and leader. Her commitment, energy, dedication and support of the rights of all people served was a model to her community. Marjorie Taylor has served LEAP for more than 27 years as a residential counselor, dietary and nutritional specialist and office assistant and has shown endless support to all staff, managers and the people served through her organization, attention to detail and support of the agency.
LEAP has awarded $5,000 in scholarships since 2004. The primary focus of the funds will be to assist current active staff members to improve and further their education in the fields of rehabilitation, special education, psychology, disability studies or related studies, which will improve the overall supports for people with disabilities. Although particular emphasis will be given to current LEAP staff, Western Maine residents who are pursuing their education in the related fields may also apply.
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to offset the cost of tuition, books and supplies. The deadline for applications is July 31. A letter of interest, application, brief essay and copies of transcripts are required. Announcements are expected to be made by Aug. 15. Visit LEAP’s Web site to download a copy of the application: or call 778-3443, ext. 101.
LEAP is a Farmington-based private nonprofit agency, which has been providing community and residential supports for people with developmental disabilities and mental retardation in Western and Central Maine and their families for nearly29 years.

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