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A scholarship at Colby College in Waterville that gives preference to Maine students from Aroostook or Washington counties has been established in memory of the late Roy A. Bither, a 1926 graduate of the college. The scholarship was endowed by a $200,000 gift from Bither’s daughter, Anne Shire, a 1949 Colby graduate, and her husband, Donald Shire, both of Scarborough and Jonesport, Maine, and their son, Andrew Shire of Chatham, N.J., a 1979 Colby graduate.
After growing up in Linnaeus, Maine, and graduating from Colby, Bither earned a master’s degree in geology at Harvard University in 1930. He taught geology at Ricker College until 1971 and spent his summers working as a soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture mapping soils in Washington and Hancock counties. He was elected state legislator and served on the education committee. A charter member of the Conservation Society of America, Bither also was a volunteer with the National Red Cross and was state coordinator of the Red Cross blood program in 1962. A long time Rotarian, he was a Harris Fellow. He died in 1983.
The Shire family said that they made the scholarship gift to Colby’s endowment to help future generations of qualified students from Washington and Aroostook counties attend Colby.
Through its financial aid program, including scholarships like the Roy A. Bither Scholarship, Colby meets the demonstrated financial need of all matriculated students for the four years that they study at the college. “The cost of a Colby education should not deter any qualified student from applying for admission,” said Director of Admissions Steve Thomas. “Colby has a long tradition of accepting the best students, regardless of their families’ ability to pay, and then meeting the full calculated need of all students who enroll.” This year nearly 40 percent of the 1,800 students at Colby received grant aid that included $15.8 million in institutional funds.