FARMINGTON — University of Maine at Farmington student Michaela Yeaton was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation. A resident of Farmington and a graduate of Mt. Blue High School, she was recommended for the award by UMF faculty based on her academic excellence and leadership on campus and in the community.

“Michaela is a wonderful student whose dedication and hard work are the foundation for her success. She has excelled in her full-time coursework at UMF while also maintaining a management role at a local business,” said Waleck Dalpour, UMF professor of business and chair of the Division of Social Science, Business and Global Studies. “She will be a valuable asset in any business setting.”

A junior majoring in business economics at UMF, Yeaton has had an interest in business and money management from a young age. As the granddaughter of a local dairy farmer and businessman, her financial literacy skills came naturally. While her experience with the Franklin Savings Bank branch at Mt. Blue High School helped encourage her to pursue a business-related college degree.

In addition to her major, Yeaton will be graduating from UMF with a minor in community health. “I have always wanted to work in a financial capacity for a hospital or large health organization,” said Yeaton. “I would love to be part of a team that helps determine how to best use available funds to serve the heath needs of the greatest number of people.” Upon graduation, she plans on attending graduate school to further her career in business.

Student scholarship recipients of the Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation must be a Maine high school graduate majoring in a business related area in their second, third or fourth year, and be in good academic standing. This year’s award was presented by Pamela M. Green, director of member services at Maine Bankers Association, and Timothy Thompson, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Franklin Savings Bank.

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