The Worthington Scholarship Foundation has named Julie Bourgoin as Executive Director. Julie is a seasoned nonprofit leader who comes to the foundation from Nurturing Minds, a U.S.-based organization that improves access to high-quality education for poor and marginalized girls in Tanzania. She headed up their grant-writing efforts and also served as a board member. “Providing a superb education to young people who may not otherwise be able to afford one has long been a passion of mine,” said Bourgoin, who has more than 25 years of development experience in education, health care, and social services. “Affording college can be difficult even in the best of times, but during the pandemic higher education has become even less accessible to many young people. I’m looking forward to expanding opportunities for many more aspiring Maine college students in the coming years.”
With Bourgoin’s guidance, WSF plans to increase its reach both geographically and in the number of scholarships awarded. Currently WSF partners with 59 high schools and 20 two- and four-year colleges in Maine. The goal of the Foundation is to continue to add high school partners and award $10 million in scholarships that will impact more than 700 students per year. “Our vision is to become the premier scholarship provider in Maine, and with Julie at the helm, we will get there in the next several years,” said David Worthington, WFS’s founder and chairman of the board.