The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees announced a new scholarship on Wednesday that was created in honor of longtime Trustee Jean Ginn Marvin, the innkeeper at The Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport.
The Jean Ginn Marvin Scholarship, which covers tuition and fees, will be awarded this fall to a second-year hospitality or culinary student at either York County Community College or Southern Maine Community College. The recipient must demonstrate a passion for culinary arts or hospitality, leadership skills, and a deep appreciation for education. Candidates for the scholarship must be Maine residents attending the college full-time.
“We sincerely appreciate the time, effort, and heart you put into being a trustee,” Board Chairman Bill Cassidy said to Ginn Marvin at the board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, when he announced the scholarship in her name.
Ginn Marvin is known for her deep commitment to student success. She regularly takes a personal interest in supporting hospitality and culinary students, employing them at the Nonantum Resort and has been known to help a student register or drive them to the college so they didn’t miss a class.
“Jean is a true friend to all in the community college system. Her support of students is unsurpassed, and her attentiveness and stewardship for the system, its employees, and its mission never waivers. We are so lucky, and grateful, to have her as an ally and respected advisor,” MCCS President David Daigler said.
“I’m shocked and humbled by this,” said Ginn Marvin, who was appointed to the board in 2012. “Anytime I’ve given to the community colleges, I’ve gotten it back a hundred-fold. Serving as a trustee has been one of the great joys of my life.”
Ginn Marvin, who served as MCCS board chair from 2017 to 2020, was previously a member of the board of the Southern Maine Community College Foundation and has actively engaged the hospitality industry in the system’s workforce development efforts.