Portland, ME – Workers’ compensation insurer MEMIC is once again accepting applications for its Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program for children and spouses of workers who have been seriously injured on the job.
As the leading workers’ compensation insurer in Northern New England and one of the fastest growing across the Eastern Seaboard, MEMIC recognizes that although workers’ compensation insurance covers medical treatment and replaces a percentage of lost wages, it cannot eliminate entirely the stress and strain that an injury can cause a family. While MEMIC’s mission is to help workplaces avoid injuries in the first place, with this scholarship the company hopes to help families confronted by a significant injury to see a brighter future on the horizon.
“Two months after my dad’s accident, I made the decision to go to school to become a nurse,” says Katie Smith of Greenbush, ME and recipient of a Horizon Scholarship in both 2014 and 2015. “I do not think there could have been a bigger sign that told me I belonged in the medical field, taking care of people and helping them live their lives to the fullest. The MEMIC Horizon Scholarship has been a great help as I pursue my nursing degree at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.”
“Getting the MEMIC Horizon Scholarship has been invaluable to my education,” agrees Henry Laurita, a 2015 scholarship recipient from Hope, ME currently enrolled at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. “It’s allowed me to pursue the schooling I want and has been vital in helping me further my learning as I study Animal Medicine.”
“The MEMIC Horizon Scholarship was absolutely necessary to the start of my future,” confirms Hery Ribeiro, a 2015 scholarship recipient from Brockton, MA currently enrolled at Bridgewater State University in Massachusettes. “I’ve completed my associate’s and I am working on my bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, but due to a hold on my financial aid, my Horizon Scholarship is the only reason I am in school this semester.”
MEMIC’s Horizon Scholarship is named after former Camden resident Harvey Picker, a renowned physicist, educator, philanthropist and advocate for education. In 1992, Picker was appointed by then Governor John R. McKernan as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Workers’ Compensation, which led to the formation of MEMIC. Picker also later served as a member of the Board of Directors at MEMIC.
MEMIC has awarded $125,000 in scholarships since 2001. Potential winners must complete the application and all requirements by April 29, 2016 to be considered for a scholarship of up to $5,000. Applicants will be judged on academic transcripts, citizenship and future promise. Students must be attending (or planning to attend) an accredited college or university. To be eligible, the related injured worker must have been working for a MEMIC policyholder at the time of injury.
For more information and to request a copy of the application, please call 1-800-660-1306 or visit the Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program web page at memic.com/horizon.