The Maine Community Foundation’s Parsons Family Scholarship for LGBTQ+ and Allies awarded scholarships to three Maine students.

The recipients are Nnenaya Bloomstein of Freedom who will attend Williams College; Sophia Lauritano of Bangor who will attend the University of Maine at Orono; and Joey McGlaughlin of Baring Pit.

The Parsons Family Scholarship provides support for LGBTQ+ graduating seniors and their allies at Maine high schools in pursuit of post-secondary study. Graduating high-school seniors of any gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic are eligible to apply.

This scholarship is inspired by the lives and work of Betsy Parsons and her parents and has been created by their family who staunchly support their ideals and share their deep love for and commitment to Maine and its people.

For more information about the Parsons Family Scholarship and other MaineCF scholarships, visit

MaineCF has worked with donors and educators since 1983 to provide Maine students access to educational opportunities. The community foundation manages more than 650 scholarship funds. 

The Maine Community Foundation brings people and resources together to build a better Maine through strategic giving, community leadership, personalized service, local expertise and strong investments. To learn more about the foundation, visit