Another Young Mainer Stays Local


Masonry in the 21st Century

2019 recipients Tori and Kaitlin showing off their work boots at a recent Maine Blue Collar fundraising event with the Maine Mariners!

An update below from Kaitlin on her career path:

Maine School of Masonry is doing wonders for me, so far this school year I have learned more about brick work and the conservations of older historic buildings. Soon I will be learning about stone masonry as well as hardscapes. Not only am I learning about masonry, but I am also learning how to become an independent mason as well as future business owner.

After I graduate Maine School of Masonry, I will travel around the country as well as the world to restore historic buildings. It is my dream to become a stone restoration mason, and to keep our history alive.

About the school

Maine School of Masonry has two different 9 month courses. One of the courses, you learn about brick, block, and stone. The second course you learn about restoration masonry. Mitch, the instructor, not only goes over the material in the shop, but in the real world as well. We have taken field trips to beautiful old buildings to study its architecture, one of these being Fort Knox.

It is really up to the student which class they can take, personally I’m wanting to take both classes. Both classes will provide the student with the skills they need to become a mason, as well as a future business owner.


Your Generosity Has Set Me Up For A Very Bright Future

TJ is a 2019 scholarship recipient, he is working towards completing his Associates Degree in Electrical Construction and Maintenance at Northern Maine Community College in Presque Isle.  He has been working part-time while in school at Regional Electric in Auburn and has been offered a full-time job upon graduation.  TJ said the Maine Blue Collar Scholarship has helped him to focus on excelling in school and to graduate with minimal student loans.  He is pursuing a career that he is very passionate about and looks forward to a bright future.  We are proud to have supported TJ in his endeavors and we look forward to seeing him continue to advance his skillset as a motivated young Mainer!


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2019 Recipient


Connor is currently attending Kennebec Valley Community College in the Electrical Lineworker Technology Program.  When he graduates he will be recruited by several companies in Maine, where the median wage is $34.10 per hour.  Connor has a bright future ahead of him and the Maine Blue Collar Scholarship Foundation is proud to have been able to assist him in reaching his greatest potential. 

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“Matt is on deck, a week early, prior to school starting shown here working with his hands, starting out his career here at D&G Machine. He has already scored an A+ for attitude and is very thankful for the support he received from the Maine Blue Collar Scholarship Foundation.”  – Steve Sullivan, Vice President, D&G Machine

2019 Recipient Thank You

This is what it’s all about, investing in the next generation to take our state to the next level!