SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) is honored to announce the Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza (CBBFB) group, along with friends and family, have created the Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza Lindsay Withers EMS/Paramedicine Scholarship to honor the legacy and spirit of a much-loved community member, and help students discover their passion at SMCC. Lindsay recently lost her courageous battle with cancer.
Lindsay followed in her father’s footsteps and lived a life of service to her community. Withers spent many years serving her home of Rehoboth, Massachusetts in many roles, including firefighter, EMT, and paramedic. She expanded her role as a shift supervisor at a private EMS company, which allowed her to serve many Massachusetts communities.
Lindsay came to Maine and connected with the waters off of SMCC through her partner Captain Shawn Tibbetts of the Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza (CBBFB). Like everything in her life, Lindsay grabbed opportunities to help and earned her United States Coast Guard Master-Captain’s license, becoming an accomplished angler, beloved local guide, valued pro staffer, and a plank-holding member of the CBBFB.
“We’re determined to honor Lindsay’s legacy of service with this scholarship,” Tibbetts said. “She built her life around her passion for helping others. We want something positive to come out of the pain of losing such an amazing person.”
“Incredibly, Shawn, Jane and Bob (Humphrey), and the rest of the friends and family surrounding the Casco Bay Bluefin Bonanza were able to muster the strength to build this scholarship in the face of the profound loss of Lindsay,” SMCC President Joe Cassidy said. “Her mission, like ours, was to constantly help to improve the lives of those around her and the communities she loved. We are grateful the crew came to us with the idea to help honor Lindsay’s legacy by helping students at SMCC—a fitting tribute to such an inspiring person.”
The SMCC Foundation will award scholarship funds to as many students as possible based on funds available to facilitate their enrollment in the Emergency Medical Services/Paramedicine program.
Students meeting the following criteria will be eligible:
- Enrolled in the SMCC Emergency Medical Services/Paramedicine Program
- Recommended by the Department Chair with preference to students who are licensed EMTs from a rural municipal or regional first responder program.
- In good standing in accordance with established standards of the College.
If you want to donate to this scholarship, please visit www.smccME.edu/withersscholarship or scan the QR code in the graphic.