Franklin Savings Bank’s Community Development Foundation has awarded $48,000 this year in college scholarships to 15 local high schools and technical centers, according to a news release.

The scholarships range from $1,500 to $3,000 and benefited 17 students in 2021.

Thirteen scholarships went to local students pursuing business related programs: accounting, finance, marketing, management, computer sciences, or other business related courses. Scholarships from the foundation went to students planning to attend a four-year college or university.

Franklin scholars in business include: Sarah Olson, Carrabec High School; Dallas Berry, Dirigo High School; Pedro Little-Siebold and Nathan Smith, Ellsworth High School; Everett Cameron, Madison Area Memorial High School; Michaela Beauchesne, Mountain Valley High School; Aliya Boyce, Mt. Abram High School; Jackson Joyce and Logan Holmes, Mt. Blue High School; Ellah Smith, Rangeley Lakes Regional School; Brayden Alward, Skowhegan Area High School; Jack Gilbert, Spruce Mountain High School; and Dillan Smith, Telstar Regional High School.

The students were chosen due to their impressive academic standing, community involvement, and participation in athletics and extracurricular activities. Each scholarship is granted to the school to choose the recipient based on those categories.

Franklin scholars from career and technical centers include: Brain Thane Dustin, Foster Technical and Career Center; Isabel Turgen, Somerset Career and Technical Center; Elaine Hutchins, Hancock Technical Center; and Mackenzie Osgood, Region 9 School of Applied Technology.

The seniors will be entering an accredited certification program or pursuing a two or four-year degree from a technical/postsecondary vocational school, college or university.