FARMINGTON — Neighbors Helping Neighbors of Franklin County is accepting letters of application to be considered for scholarships for a summer program, day-camp or week-long residential summer camp. These scholarships are both fully and partially funded as based upon financial need.

NHN’s goal is to sponsor youths by providing the opportunity for a positive experience at a camp or activity of their choice. Students are encouraged to write a letter, with the assistance of a parent or guardian if necessary, to the NHN Camp Scholarship Initiative, 280 High St., Farmington, ME 04983.

The deadline for applications will vary depending upon the registration date of the camp or program. NHN would like at least four weeks to review the letters prior to any program registration deadlines.

Recipients will be chosen from the collective of letters received. Eligibility includes children who are Franklin County residents ages 10 to 18 and are to be enrolled in a grade school in the fall of 2013.

Please include the follow information in the letter: Students name and the grade and school most recently attended; name, address, phone number (and/or email) of the student’s parent or guardian; program brochure or documentation including fees and other expenses associated with the program; describe the reason for choosing the program and what you hope to take home from the experience.

Student contribution to the program is desired but not required. Describe any fund raising activities the student has or will perform. Include an estimate of need and what funds the student, family or other organizations can contribute to desired program. Letters of Recommendation from a mentor, teacher or couch will be considered during the selection process.

In 2012, NHN provided anonymous financial aid for three youths to attend athletic camps. These student athletes were aware that they would receive a helping hand if they contributed a portion of the cost.

“This was our first attempt and certainly not our last with a program of this sort and we are very pleased with the results,” said David Keith. “This initiative is not biased toward any particular theme or philosophy. All requests will be reviewed and remain confidential. NHN hopes to assist as many students as funding will allow.”

The program was supported in 2012 with generous corporate contributions from Franklin Savings Bank, Hammond Lumber and Shiretown Insurance. Typically, NHN raises funds through community fundraising activities such as the Scavenger Hunt/Barn Dance, the Amazing Race and the Masquerade Ball. On May 4, NHN will once again run the Amazing Race. Tickets and race information are available at Ron’s Market on Franklin Street or by calling Liz Richards at 578-0199.

To make a tax deductible contribution to NHN, make a check payable to Western Maine Community Action, noting “NHN” in the memo line. Checks should be sent to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, 280 High St., Farmington, ME 04938. Cash is also accepted. A letter acknowledging the tax deductible donation will be sent.

For more information find the group on Facebook at Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Franklin County, ME.


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