There are a variety of ways we provide scholarship assistance:


  • The board also is pleased to announce the formation of a new scholarship fund to honor the memory of a longtime employee, Ruth I. Hodgkins. The Ruth Hodgkins Scholarship has been created to be a resource for women pursuing a non-traditional course of study, offering financial assistance to women whose goals may not include a college degree.

    Applications will be accepted throughout the year and may be picked up at the YWCA on Mount Desert Street or here. Each application will be considered individually on a needs basis by the board’s scholarship committee.

    Ruth Hodgkins was a working woman all of her life, holding various positions in Massachusetts and Maine, from clerical and bookkeeping, to traffic manager at WDEA Radio in Ellsworth. She ended her career as a secretary, then administrative Assistant at the YWCA MDI. Hodgkins cared deeply for people and was very fond of her co-workers and the residents at the YWCA. Members of the board believe that a fund that will provide educational opportunities for local women and girls is a fitting way to remember Hodgkins.