This year a $1,000 scholarship is available to encourage education in the human services with preference given to students and professionals working with or wanting to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Albert Anderson Jr. donated the start-up funds to encourage this scholarship program, according to a Work First news release.

Anderson was a leader in the community integration concept for all individuals with disabilities. He was instrumental in starting the discussion around closing Pineland, the state institution for individuals with intellectual disabilities, according tot eh release.

This scholarship will be awarded to a Maine resident requesting support of coursework or training in the human service field.

The requirements are as follows: must be a resident of Maine, requesting a course or training in the human service field, work in or intend to work in the human service field, have two letters of recommendation and preference to students/professionals working with or interested in working with individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Applications are available at Applications and supporting materials are due no later than 2 p.m. Friday, May 30. All applications and supporting material can be sent to Work First Inc., Attn: Linda, P.O. Box 86, Farmington, ME 04938; or email the package to [email protected].

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