MOUNT DESERT — Wildes Ho, a current participant in the Northeast Harbor Library Scholarship Program, has been selected for the 2017 Beverly Coleman Scholarship Award.
Established in 2010 by the Coleman family, the award honors the late Beverly Coleman by helping to support students who share her passions. Coleman volunteered at the library for more than 20 years and was involved with many other community organizations. Community service, conservation, horticulture and history were important to her.
A sophomore at the University of Puget Sound in Washington state, Ho majors in international political economy with a minor in global development studies. Every Tuesday, she and a few other students and a faculty member provide mentorship and tutoring to area high school and middle school students. Those seeking help are low income and minority children who attend understaffed schools.
She also is the fundraising chair of the Global Brigades Public Health Club at UPS. In May 2016, the group spent 10 days in rural Nicaragua building a clean water system, cementing floors and building latrines for families who previously had no running water and dirt floors.
Ho looks forward to a career in public health or NGO management. She is the daughter of Jon Ho and Julie Havener of Northeast Harbor.
The Northeast Harbor Library Scholarship Program was founded in 1953. It assists Mount Desert Island High School graduates from the towns of Mount Desert and Cranberry Isles who are pursuing post-secondary study. Scholarship students have continued their educations at a wide range of career-oriented schools and liberal arts colleges. There are currently 48 participants.