The Maine Women’s Fund seeks nominees for its annual Samantha Smith and Sarah Orne Jewett awards.

The Samantha Smith Award is given to a female age 12-21 from Maine who works to promote social changes in her community; inspires other girls to become active in supporting long-lasting change in Maine; uses her voice to boldly influence others; and understands the power of philanthropy to make a difference.

The Sarah Orne Jewett Award is given to a Maine woman who exhibits the attributes of the women in Jewett’s works of fiction: true grit, independence, courage, humor, and discipline.

Nominees from Somerset, Kennebec, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties must be submitted to Mish Morgenstern by by Feb. 1 at [email protected]