The Mingo Club, of Bailey Island, presented its Mingo Grant to two high school seniors earlier this year.
The mission of the 115-year-old club is, in part, “to honor the legacy of the founding members by supporting literacy and education for the residents of Harpswell.” The club has awarded the grant for five years to a Harpswell resident graduating from high school, in recognition of the student’s academic achievement and dedication to school and community.
The 2021 recipients are Ella Beattie and Cecelia Greenleaf.
An honor roll student from middle school through high school, Beattie has played soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. She participated in Sources of Strength and the Yearbook Club.
She has volunteered with the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program and the Orr’s and Bailey Islands Fire Department auction, among other initiatives. She has worked at the Auburn Colony dining hall and The School House 1913 restaurant.
Beattie will study hospitality and business management at the University of Denver.
Greenleaf, a member of the National Honor Society, won academic awards in biology, essay writing and history. She competed on the swim team, played lacrosse and participated in Sources of Strength. She has volunteered at a Portland soup kitchen, with a mobile art-therapy organization that serves under-resourced youth, at beach cleanups and as a child care helper at PTO meetings.
Greenleaf will study pediatric nursing at Endicott College. She is eager to work with communities in need through programs like Doctors Without Borders, or potentially with immigrants and refugees.
The Mingo Club congratulates both recipients and wishes them success in their education and careers.