Memorial Scholarship

The Beth Eisen Memorial Scholarship will be given to a student who is enrolled at the University of Maine Farmington; who has demonstrated a passion for creativity, especially one that is not necessarily bound by a single area of the arts (exploring both writing and the visual arts, for example); and who has a demonstrated interest in and talent for writing, though he or she does not need to be enrolled in the BFA program. Preference will be given to adult learners.

We’re building an initial $10,000 fund in order to make the first Beth Eisen Memorial Scholarship award–and to create an endowment that will share Beth’s enthusiasm for creativity with generations of UMF students.

The Beth Eisen Memorial Scholarship fund is administered by the Maine Community Foundation. Please consider making a contribution now so we  can reach our $10,000 goal by September 2011.

Donate online

Click here to visit the Maine Community Foundation’s secure donation form. In the Fund Designation drop-down menu, select Other. Enter ‘The Beth Eisen Memorial Scholarship’ in the text box provided.

Donate by mail
Make checks payable to The Maine Community Foundation. Write ‘The Beth Eisen Memorial Scholarship’ on the memo line. Mail them to the Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.

Donations to the Beth Eisen Memorial Scholarship fund may be tax deductible. Please consult your accountant or tax preparer.


Author of stories, novels, screenplays and poems. Creator of art in many forms, including fiber, collage, painting and mixed media. Programmer and co-founder of the Maine International Film Festival. Vice-president of Shadow Distribution, Waterville’s own distributor of world-class independent film. Chef and founder of the Square Cafe in the first Railroad Square Cinema building. Co-owner of 76 Main Street in Waterville, a vibrant retail space and community center.

Beth Eisen lived a life of boundless creativity. She also had a rare gift for encouraging creativity in others, through her professional work and through her personal relationships. Her husband Ken, with support from friends and family, created the Beth Eisen Memorial Scholarship because it seemed the most fitting way to honor her memory. It will encourage those who wish to develop their creative gifts, just as Beth always did when she was with us.