AUBURN — The Woman’s Literary Union annual scholarships have been awarded for 2009 to Karen Leary and Brianna Leigh Dostie.

Leary, a 2009 graduate of Edward Little High School, will attend the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She is the daughter of Justin and Pamela Leary of Auburn. She was active in the National Honor Society, Executive Board, varsity field hockey, varsity basketball, varsity lacrosse, Kick-off Mentors Program, STRIVE dance-a-thon and the Seniors Scholars Program at Bates College. Karen also received the Citizenship Award, Leadership Award and Smith Book Award.

Dostie, a 2009 graduate of Leavitt Area High School, will attend Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is the daughter of Shannon and Donald Dostie of Greene. She was active in the National Honor Society, Dirigo Girls’ State, Maine Youth Leadership Society, Student Council, Key Club, Gifted and Talented, Latin Club and Math Team. Dostie received the All Academic Team KVAV Field Hockey Award, Best of Show Award for three consecutive years for the State of Maine Junior Duck Stamp Competition for Habitat Conservation and Captain Award for field hockey. She attained honors and high honors through all of her schooling.

The literary union’s purpose is for the cultural and intellectual advancement of women. The scholarship is available to students graduating from a high school in Androscoggin County, who plan to enter the field of arts and literature. The Scholarship Committee is composed of Marguerite Powers, Mildred Bickford, Melanie Ness and Barbara Randall.

The literary union was organized in 1892, and meets at their clubhouse at 19 Elm St., the former home of Horatio and Ella Foss. Meetings are held at 2 p.m. the second Thursday of the month

The Woman’s Literary Union Garden Club meets at 2 p.m. the third Thursday of the month; and the After Dark Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month for women who can’t get out during the day. The public is invited to all meetings New members are always welcome. For more information, visit the union’s Web site at

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