AUBURN — Applications are being accepted for the Dorothy Darling Gatchell Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship, established to honor the memory of longtime Auburn school teacher Dorothy Gatchell, will be awarded to a graduating Edward Little senior who plans to pursue a career in education.

Applicants are asked to submit a 250-word written essay telling about themselves and their interests. Applications are being accepted at the Edward Little Guidance Office until April 1.

Gatchell, who died last year, was an elementary school teacher. Her costumed portrayals of Mother Goose as she read to children made her a favorite among the young set.

Scholarship founders Sue Driscoll and Lydia Howes said Gatchell’s individuality and constant interest in teaching and learning set her apart.

“The public’s response was absolutely overwhelming,” said Driscoll. “At first, we hoped to collect enough money for a nice one-time scholarship, but so many people were touched by Dorothy’s teaching and friendship that the fund collected enough for a nice scholarship for several years to come. It’s fantastic.”

“Dorothy was such a positive influence in the community. We’re really pleased to have some way to return the favor to her,” Howes said.

Anyone wanting additional information about the application process or wishing to donate to the scholarship fund may contact Lydia Howes at 786-3783 or by writing 395 West Auburn Road, Auburn, ME, 04210.


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