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More education means more opportunities for our students.

The mission of the Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund is to provide need-based financial assistance to Boothbay Region High School graduates seeking education beyond the secondary level.

Over 55 years ago, a group of community members who wanted to help young people who aspired to furthering their education after graduation from Boothbay Region High School, came together to form the Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund (BRSAF) organization. Today, the BRSAF, led by an all-volunteer board, provides financial assistance in the form of loan-free grants to students.

The BRSAF has been able to cover a portion of students’ educational expenses thanks to the  continued generosity and committed support from individuals, community organizations, and businesses. These contributions to the annual fund or capital gifts made to establish named funds or to increase our invested funds have been critical in facilitating the education of so many.

Colleges and other post-secondary institutions use the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine a family's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) to the student's cost of attendance (COA). The difference between the COA and the EFC is the student's unmet need. Most schools then try to meet that unmet need by offering a financial aid package. While that package may help, it doesn't generally cover all of the unmet need. BRSAF then uses a needs-based formula to assist with the gap remaining after the financial aid package is applied.

BRSAF is dedicated to providing grants to support BRHS graduates who are in good standing and in their first through sixth year of study at a college or university, community college, or school of professional training. BHRS graduates who return to higher education later in life are also eligible. Often the grants increase after the first year.

BRSAF is a volunteer Board of Directors from the Boothbay region working with Boothbay Region High School.

Each year, the monies raised during our annual fund drive are combined with funds from our  investments to fund our grants. In the last five years, we have funded roughly 391 grants, with an average grant size of $4,900. These grants covered approximately 35% of our recipients' unmet need. While 35% is helpful, the BRSAF intends to increase that percentage, and to that end, we need the generosity of many donors!

2020 Board Members

Louise Cowan, President
Marybeth Carmody, Vice President
Monica Elder, Secretary
Dan Zajdel, Treasurer

Bob Corbin
Susan Corbin
David Drapeau
Kerrin Erhard
Jo Haney
Wendy Johnson
Maureen Kinsey
Teresa Koster
Steve O’Brien
Tory Paxson
Bill Pearson
Ron Ross
Chris Stevens
Kathryn Sullivan
Lynn Thompson

Marylouise Cowan (deceased)
Marvin Rosenblum (deceased)
Cy Seifert (deceased)
Ormand J. Wade (deceased)
Copies of IRS Form 990 and financial statements for the Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund are available. Click here to email our Treasurer and request a copy.

Some of Our Board Members

Louise Cowan

Having grown up in Branford, CT, attending Wake Forest University in NC, living in Michigan for almost 40 years, Louise was happy to come to rest in Trevett. With a degree in English, she worked in legal publishing for several years, later acquired a degree in paralegal studies, and then specialized in estate/trust administration, estate planning, taxation, and probate litigation for 30 years. Louise enjoys her Maine time volunteering for several organizations, including the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Region Land Trust, Opera House, and the Barters Island Community Association. She is an avid gardener, reader, sometime knitter, kayaker and enjoys most any outdoor activity.

Monica Elder

Monica, a Milo, Maine native, graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in education and earned her MLS at the University of Rhode Island. After working as a law librarian, she and her husband Rick settled in Edgecomb. They are the parents of two daughters, both valedictorians at Boothbay Region High School, and both college graduates. Monica has been an active community volunteer for the local schools, the Y, Girl Scouts, Boothbay Playhouse, and the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club. When she has spare time, Monica enjoys quilting, photography, kayaking and traveling.

Dan Zajdel

Dan came to Boothbay from Pittsburgh. He attended Penn State University receiving a degree in finance and added an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in industrial administration. After serving as a lieutenant in the US Navy as the business manager on a destroyer, he worked in the financial area of Pittsburgh-based energy companies. Dan was Vice President of Investor Relations with CONSOL Energy Inc. He is very active in his church, and has served as an elder, auditor, and on the finance committee of his local school board for several years. Dan and his wife Laura have three grown children. Among many activities, he enjoys sailing, kayaking and playing chess.