Lincoln Academy 2020 graduate Jarrett Gulden, who was the state runner up in the 2019 cross country season as well as an all-state musician and jazz musician, has been selected as a Mitchell Scholar. The Mitchell Scholarship is worth $10,000 over four years.

Lincoln Academy graduate Jarrett Gulden has won the 2020 Mitchell Scholarship, worth $10,000 over four years. Mitchell Scholars are selected based on their academic potential, community involvement, and financial need. The announcement of this year’s scholars, usually made in early June and presented to an LA senior at Class Night, was delayed by the pandemic and just released on Monday, June 29.

Gulden was a standout runner on Lincoln Academy’s cross country and track teams and a member of the Math Team, Alpha Sigma Gamma service fraternity, and Outing Club. He also plays the tenor saxophone and was a multiple-year selection in the Maine All-State Music Festival and All-State Jazz Festival. He plans to study Engineering and run cross country and track at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall.

“The beautiful thing about Jarrett is that he just does the work–in class, in athletics, with academic and community projects,” said English Department Chair Bryan Manahan, who recently awarded Gulden the department’s Lion Award for Academic Writing. “He never saw a challenge as a problem. He has always trusted the process of learning and growing. He has no fear, and he just does the work.”

“Jarrett is an outstanding student, who is insightful in his work and able to apply concepts between classes seamlessly,” said Libby Mooney, who taught Gulden in physics and calculus and coached him on the Math Team. “His willingness to delve into the Math Team, even though he started late in high school, shows real intellectual courage. He easily absorbed esoteric math concepts that are challenging for many students. Jarrett has an incredible analytical and creative mind–he is going to be an amazing engineer!”

Kelley Duffy, LA’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction was Gulden’s advisor and economics teacher. She said, “Jarrett is so quiet and humble that it takes a while to see how truly exceptional he is. Other students who carry the kind of academic, athletic, and musical load that he does would have been stressed and complained, but Jarrett was always steady, considerate, and kind. He is an all-around quality human being and a pleasure to work with.”

The Mitchell Scholarship was established in 1995 by U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell with the goal of expanding and improving educational opportunities for young people in Maine. The Mitchell Institute awards 130 scholarships to students graduating from Maine high schools each year. According to the institute’s website, “the Mitchell Institute unlocks the potential of Maine college students so they can contribute to the vitality of their communities. We award $1.4 million in scholarship funds each year to students from every community in Maine, but what separates us from other scholarship organizations is the broader array of support programs we provide.”

Those support programs include mentoring and networking opportunities that students can access during and after college, according to 2018 Mitchell Scholar Levi McAtee, who graduated from LA and now attends Bowdoin College. “Being part of the Mitchell Scholars network has definitely been a positive experience for me,” said McAtee. “I have been able to find mentors and support when I need them.”