Portland, ME – Children or spouses of workers injured on the job may benefit from an annual MEMIC scholarship program now entering its 21st year.
The MEMIC Group is accepting applications for its Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program, which offers college tuition assistance to children and spouses of workers seriously injured on the job. Since its inception, MEMIC has awarded $225,000 in Horizon Scholarships to more than 50 students since 2001.
Last year, a Rhode Island honors student whose single mother suffered a work-related injury and a University of Maine engineering student whose injured parent speaks English as a second language won $10,000 and $5,000 scholarship awards, respectively.
MEMIC Group President and CEO Michael Bourque said the 2021 recipients shared a dedication to learning, community service, and conscientious caring. “These are values we share at The MEMIC Group, so we’re thrilled to be able to assist by contributing to their college educations,” Bourque said.
The scholarship is named for former Camden resident Harvey Picker, a renowned physicist, educator, philanthropist, and advocate for education. In 1992, Picker was appointed by then-Gov. John R. McKernan as a member of the Blue-Ribbon Commission on Workers’ Compensation, which led to the formation of MEMIC. Picker also served as a member of the MEMIC Board of Directors.
“As one of the region’s fastest growing workers’ compensation insurers, MEMIC recognizes insurance can cover medical treatment and a percentage of lost wages but cannot entirely eliminate the stress and strain an injury can cause a family,” Bourque said. “We hope our Horizon Scholarships for higher education help fulfill the aspirations of those whose lives have been disrupted as a result of a workplace injury or death.”
Applicants must complete the application by April 29, 2022, to be considered for a scholarship of up to $10,000. To be eligible, the related injured worker must have been working for a MEMIC policyholder at the time of injury. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee for financial need, academic performance, community involvement, other life experiences, and future promise. Students must be attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university.
For more information and to request a copy of the application, call 1-800-660-1306 and say “Horizon Scholarship” at the prompt, or visit memic.com/horizon