Now Accepting Applications for MEMIC Scholarship for Families of Injured Workers

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PORTLAND, Maine, March 15, 2019 – The MEMIC Group is now accepting applications for its Harvey Picker Horizon Scholarship Program for children and spouses of workers who have been seriously injured on the job. MEMIC has awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 34 young scholars since 2001.

As one of the fastest growing workers’ compensation insurers with eight offices along the Eastern Seaboard, MEMIC recognizes that although workers’ compensation insurance covers medical treatment and replaces a percentage of lost wages, it cannot eliminate entirely the stress and strain that an injury can cause a family. 

“Our mission at MEMIC is to help prevent workplace injuries, and to get injured workers back on the job. With this scholarship, we aim to help family members of those impacted by significant workplace injuries pursue their academic ambitions,” says MEMIC President and CEO Michael Bourque. 

"It has been really life-changing. I don’t think I’d be able to go to Drexel without the MEMIC Horizon Scholarship,” says Derek McGraw, a 2017 and 2018 scholarship recipient. “I’ve learned things here I wouldn't have been able to learn anywhere else." 

“If not for the MEMIC Horizon Scholarship I would have never had the opportunity to continue my education and achieve my goals. I am truly thankful,” says Natalia Hinman, a 2018 scholarship recipient. “My advice to anyone who is considering applying for the scholarship is just apply already!” 

The scholarship is named after former Camden resident Harvey Picker, a renowned physicist, educator, philanthropist and advocate for education. In 1992, Picker was appointed by then Governor John R. McKernan as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Workers’ Compensation, which led to the formation of MEMIC 26 years ago. Picker also served as a member of the Board of Directors at MEMIC.

Potential winners must complete the application by May 3, 2019 to be considered for a scholarship of up to $5,000. To be eligible for the scholarship, the related injured worker must have been working for a MEMIC policyholder at the time of injury. Applicants will be judged on academic transcripts, citizenship and future promise. Students must be attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. For more information and to request a copy of the application, please call 1-800-660-1306 and say “Horizon Scholarship” at the prompt, or visit

MEMIC President and CEO Michael Bourque with Horizon Scholarship Recipient Louis Laurita

MEMIC President and CEO Michael Bourque and 2018 Scholarship Recipient Louis Laurita.



About MEMIC 
The MEMIC Group includes MEMIC Indemnity Company, MEMIC Casualty Company, and parent company Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company; all rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. As a super-regional workers’ compensation specialty insurer, The MEMIC Group holds licenses to write workers’ compensation across the country. The group insures more than 20,000 employers and their estimated 300,000 employees, and holds more than $1.4 billion in assets. The group maintains offices in Manchester, NH; Glastonbury, CT; Albany, NY; Weehawken, NJ; West Conshohocken, PA; Tysons Corner, VA; and Tampa, FL; in addition to its headquarters in Portland, ME.