ShineOnCass Foundation 2024 scholarship recipients

by Monica Charette

The ShineOnCass Foundation recently presented three scholarships, totaling $6,000, to local seniors who make service and kindness part of their everyday life.

The 9th Annual ShineOnCass Memorial Scholarship in Memory of Cassidy Jean Charette was presented to Brayden Perry of Oakland. Perry will receive a $4,000 scholarship to Merrimack College, where he is pursuing a career in nursing. The scholarship, started by Charette’s Messlaonskee Class of 2016, is open to only Messalonskee High School students. Funding is dispersed annually after recipients demonstrate completion of 20 hours of service work each year.

The first ShineOnCass Community Scholarship, created to recognize service-focused seniors living in Winslow, Waterville, Lawrence, or Messalonskee school districts, was determined by the selection committee to be a tie, so the Foundation decided to present two, $1,000 awards. Scholarships were presented to Hallie Firmage, Lawrence High School senior, who will attend Brigham Young University; and to Emma Jane-Parsons, from Messalonskee High School, who will be attending Wheaton College.

Both scholarships were created in honor and memory of Cassidy Charette, a longtime volunteer in the central Maine community and former Messalonskee student, who died in a hayride accident in 2014. The ShineOnCass Foundation awards over $10,000 in local scholarships every year supporting higher education, aspiring young violinists, youth soccer, children attending summer farm camps, and other awards recognizing youth service and kindness.

To learn more about scholarship opportunities offered by the ShineOnCass Foundation, visit


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