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Mikala Ferland of Fairfield has won the 2022 Joseph B. Ezhaya Memorial Scholarship, according to a news release from the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.

Ferland is one of the top students in her class at Lawrence High School in Fairfield. She also completed a Health Science Certificate at Kennebec Valley Community College while still a senior student.

She values citizenship and responsibility, along with having a passion for music and martial arts. Her stated mission is to make a significant difference in the lives of others as she moves forward, the news release states.

She was a member of the National Honors Society and served as secretary and representative of her class during high school. She assisted in teaching and has participated in martial arts for more than seven years. She has a long list of musical accomplishments in her background.

Ferland has served as a lifeguard at Alfond Youth & Community Center since 2020 and has dedicated more than 320 volunteer hours at Camp Tracy.

Ferland plans to attend Kennebec Valley Community College’s nursing program in Fairfield in the fall.

The scholarship was established in memory of Joe Ezhaya, a community leader who was known for his generosity and dedication to civic engagement. This $750 annual scholarship will be distributed to the recipient after the completion of her first semester with a GPA of 2.0 or higher and will be awarded for up to four years, for a total of $3,000.