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Emera Maine Honors UMaine Professor Dick Hill through Scholarship Fund

Release Date:  04-26-2017

Orono, Maine – Emera Maine, in collaboration with the University of Maine Foundation, has established a new endowment fund to honor one of UMaine’s most recognized and respected faculty members, Professor Dick Hill.

On the Maine Day of Giving, Wednesday, May 3, the Emera Maine Professor Richard C. Hill Scholarship Fund will formally be announced. All those who knew, worked with, and were inspired by Professor Hill are invited to join at the Foster Center for Student Innovation, on the UMaine campus in Orono, for a reception, remarks, and presentation to the first ever student recipients of the Scholarship.

“Professor Hill’s dedication and leadership were integral to the fabric of the energy community in Maine,” remarked Alan Richardson, President and COO, Emera Maine. “He made a lasting impression on many throughout the industry. We are honored to continue to support and inspire those curious engineering minds that are yet to follow.”

Prof. Richard C. Hill was a member of the engineering community at the University of Maine from 1946 until his retirement in 1992. During his distinguished career, Dick served as Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Dean of the College of Technology, and Director of the Department of Industrial Cooperation.

“Prof. Dick Hill influenced generations of UMaine Engineers, and helped broadly inform Maine citizens on energy issues,” said Dr. Jeff Mills, President, University of Maine Foundation. “We couldn't be more pleased that Alan Richardson wished to establish the Emera Maine Prof. Dick Hill Scholarship at the University of Maine Foundation, to encourage students to apply their talent to power our state and country.”

Emera Maine has pledged $110,000 to provide two scholarships annually and endow them in perpetuity. The awards will be made to engineering students who exhibit the innovative spirit and natural leadership qualities embodied by Professor Hill. For those wishing to attend the announcement event, further information can be found at our.umaine.edu/emera. In the spirit of the Maine Day of Giving, additional gifts in Dick’s honor may be made online, our.umaine.edu/hill.

Professor Richard C Hill - Photo courtesy of UMaine Fogler Library Archives

Photo courtesy of UMaine Fogler Library Archives