AUGUSTA — Kelsey Wood, a senior at Mt. Abram Regional High School in Salem Township, received a $1,000 scholarship for her winning essay on elder abuse.

The Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs received 93 entries responding to the question “What is elder abuse, and why does it matter to you?”

At a press conference in the Maine State House Welcome Center, the two organizations announced the winner.

“We were so pleased with the number of entries we received and the thoughtfulness and care that went into each,” said Council Co-chairman Patrick Hood, a sergeant with the Maine State Police.

Kathy White of the Federation said, “The essays from our high school seniors were outstanding. We accomplished our goal for this scholarship contest — to get our youth involved in responding to this horrific issue that needs to be addressed. We have an amazing group of young people in our great state that care, and I feel they will have a major impact to make changes on the subject of elder abuse in the near future.”

The scholarship contest was part of Maine’s annual observance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which includes several events around the state and a social media campaign.

For more information about Maine’s response to elder abuse, visit

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