PORTLAND — Workers’ compensation insurer MEMIC is accepting applications for its Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program for children and spouses of workers who have been seriously injured on the job.

MEMIC recognizes that although workers’ compensation insurance covers medical treatment and replaces a percentage of lost wages, it cannot eliminate the stress and strain that an injury can cause to an entire family, according to a news release from MEMIC. While MEMIC’s goal is to help workplaces avoid injuries in the first place, with this scholarship the company hopes to help families confronted by a significant injury to see a brighter future on the horizon.

“The MEMIC Horizon Scholarship was a great assistance to me as I pursued my education in becoming a physical therapist. Everyday I can help many who are injured in the workplace return to their job,” said Scott Hannigan, a 2003 Horizon Scholarship recipient, in the news release.

MEMIC’s Horizon Scholarship is named after 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 later served as a member of the Board of Directors at MEMIC.

MEMIC has awarded $110,000 in scholarships since 2001. Potential winners must complete the application and all requirements by April 24 to be considered for a scholarship of up to $5,000. Applicants will be judged on academic transcripts, citizenship and future promise. Students must be attending (or planning to attend) an accredited college or university. To be eligible, the related injured worker must have been working for a MEMIC policyholder at the time of injury.

For more information and to request a copy of the application, call 800-660-1306 or visit the Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program web page at memic.com/horizon.

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