York County Community College (YCCC) is pleased to announce that Mary Weaver, from Seabrook, New Hampshire has been awarded the Leon A. Gorman Scholarship for the upcoming 2023 -24 academic year. Mary is in her first year of the Nursing program and will receive her associate degree in nursing next Spring.

Mary is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. She knows that helping people in their time of need positively impacts their lives and the community, which she finds equally rewarding. She understands the great need for health professionals and high-quality care and began her path toward nursing. Mary plans to continue her education and receive her bachelor’s degree with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She hopes to work in emergency nursing or labor and delivery.

“Academically, Mary is near the top of the class. She attends every class and is always prepared. Her attention to detail is astounding. Not only is she a lifelong learner, but she shows empathy in the clinical area as well. Mary is always concerned for her patients and gives them the care they deserve; additionally, Mary has always been willing to work with others to provide care. Mary is an excellent student, and she will be an excellent nurse.” Said YCCC Nursing Department Chair – Lisa Gatti-Arnold

Mary spends a lot of time helping others and helps create an engaging atmosphere in the YC community. She recently was involved in arranging numerous celebrations for her classmates, one for a student who got married and another to celebrate a successful fall semester. She is always looking for ways to support her peers and even donates extra school supplies anonymously to students in need. Mary was also elected to be the Vice-President of the Nursing Club.

Mr. Gorman was the longtime president and CEO of L.L.Bean. He was deeply committed to the people and places of Maine and recognized the power and potential of Maine’s community colleges to transform people’s lives. The endowed scholarship was established in 2014 by the children of Leon and Lisa Gorman in honor of Mr. Gorman’s 80th birthday. The scholarship supports Maine community college students who demonstrate strong academic achievement, financial need, and a commitment to community service, a hallmark of the scholarship’s namesake.