Sonya Dodson, of Burnham, a student at Kennebec Valley Community College studying mental health technology was recently awarded a scholarship in honor of Leon A. Gorman at a ceremony held at L.L.Bean’s Corporate Headquarters in Freeport.

This is the second year the scholarship has been given and marks the first time the award has been expanded from one recipient to seven, one from each of Maine’s community colleges. Each scholar receives an award equal to a full year of tuition at a Maine community college.

The Leon A. Gorman Endowed Scholarship was established in 2014 by the children of Leon and Lisa Gorman in honor of Mr. Gorman’s 80th birthday. The scholarship supports Maine community college students who demonstrate strong academic achievement, financial need, and a commitment to community service, a hallmark of the scholarship’s namesake.