WATERVILLE — Thomas College will offer its $10,000 Dirigo scholarship to one qualified high school student at each New England state high school beginning in 2018.

The award, named after Maine’s motto meaning, “I lead,” was initiated in 2014 to recognize academic and co-curricular leadership among Maine high school students. Since then, the award has been expanded to include high school students in each New England state (Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire). These students have demonstrated leadership, community service and academic commitment.

The award is a $10,000 award, $2,500 per year scholarship for up to four years of undergraduate study at Thomas College.

“We know that paying for college is difficult, and for some students and their families, a scholarship can make a world of difference,” said Provost Thomas Edwards according to a news release from the college. “That’s why we’ve decided to expand this award to qualified students in all of New England. Thomas focuses on the education of the whole student — and the Dirigo Award recognizes students who lead inside and outside the classroom.”

The Dirigo Award is an award to one student from every high school in all New England states who exemplifies leadership in their school and community. Recipients are nominated by their guidance or career office on behalf of the school by emailing the Thomas Admissions Office at [email protected]. Nominations are due by Oct. 16.

For more information, call 859-1101, email [email protected] or visit www.thomas.edu.

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