Bailey Fraser

NEWRY — The River Fund Maine (TRFM) is pleased to announce its third scholar, Bailey Fraser of Bethel.

The River Fund Maine Scholarship is an initiative that focuses on enabling local youth of the Mahoosuc region to achieve educational and career-oriented aspirations, one that is deeply rooted in TRFM’s vision and mission.

Bailey is a Telstar High School Senior, who serves as Co-President of the Class of 2022, Student Council, and Interact. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. Bailey plans to enroll at the University of New Hampshire to pursue a degree in communications and creative arts.

Bailey’s commitment to the larger community was evidenced by her leadership in honoring two local teachers who found themselves fighting a battle with breast cancer. Leading from the heart, Bailey organized each homeroom at Telstar to sign and write words of encouragement to each teacher.

But Bailey didn’t stop with words of encouragement. Being part of the solution, Bailey started a “Pink Shirt” fundraising campaign at Telstar in their honor, and raised funds for The Dempsey Center Cancer Support & Services in Lewiston, Maine.


“Bailey is the perfect example of a well-rounded student and human being. She is always smiling, constantly thinks of others and how she can help, and works hard to achieve her goals.

“We as a school community are so excited that Bailey has been selected as The River Fund Maine scholar this year, she is so deserving and will be a great representative for the fund and our community.

“Bailey is a leader, but always remains humble at the same time. Bailey is an active participant in our drama department and spends countless hours at Toe Tappin Jazz dancing in her spare time, all while holding a part-time job at the Good Food Store in Bethel. We all wish her nothing but the best next year and beyond!” says Telstar Principal, Mark Kenney.

The River Fund Maine Scholarship provides its recipient with up to $20,000 each year for four years toward the cost of college tuition and fees, room and board, books and educational supplies. The River Fund Maine Scholar also has access to financial counseling and professional mentoring.

“All of the scholarship candidates from Telstar and Gould excelled in academic achievement, school leadership and community involvement,” says Noah Tanguay-Collins, TRFM Executive Director. “Our education and selection committees were thoroughly impressed by the accomplishments of each applicant, making for an extremely difficult decision.”

Bailey Fraser’s accomplishments are many:
● Accepted into the National Honor Society (October 2020)
● Student of the Month (April 2019)
● Student of the Month (March 2021)
● Phi Beta Kappa Certification of Recognition (June 2021)
● Co-President: Class of 2022
● Co-President: Student Council
● Co-President: Interact

“On behalf of The River Fund Maine’s Board of Directors and the Education and Selection Committees, we applaud Bailey and are honored to name her as The River Fund Maine Scholar 2022” says Tanguay-Collins.

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