Maine College of Art & Design
Introduces the Anne Honeywell Orr Memorial Endowed Scholarship

PORTLAND, ME September 29, 2021Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D) today announced the Anne Honeywell Orr Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Established by a leadership gift from Kathryn A. Yates, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the College, this new endowment fund benefits outstanding students majoring in Woodworking & Furniture Design. 

Behind the scenes at Maine College of Art & Design’s Woodworking & Furniture Design department. Photo: Michael Wilson


Each year, MECA&D will review students majoring in Woodworking & Furniture Design who are in good academic standing and have a demonstrated financial need. Based on the pool of candidates, the College will determine how many students may receive The Anne Honeywell Orr Memorial Endowed Scholarship annually.


“This generous gift is a remarkable tribute to Anne Honeywell Orr’s memory and will serve to support and encourage our most deserving students,” said Laura Freid, President at Maine College of Art & Design. “In this way we can honor Anne’s legacy of service, innovation and generosity. We are very grateful to our Board Vice Chair Kathryn Yates for her thoughtfulness and support.”


Anne Honeywell Orr

Anne Honeywell Orr led an innovative, original, and artistic life filled with a love and pursuit of design and activism. Originally from Youngstown, New York, Orr had an esteemed career in advertising—eventually owning an ad agency in Pittsburgh—and as a business consultant working on mergers and acquisitions for global organizations. Anne studied interior design while living in Seattle and San Francisco, eventually working on homes coast to coast. Her life of service and activism benefited many and her service to the community extended to numerous charitable and political organizations. 


Kathryn Yates Photo: Melissa Mullen Photography

“Anne was my go-to person for all things, including design,” said donor Kathryn Yates. “We had a wonderful friendship, and I was very lucky to have had her in my life. This scholarship is an opportunity for her memory and creative spirit to live on through the impact it will have on the lives of students following in her design footsteps.” 


Donations in Anne Honeywell’s memory are encouraged by visiting



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Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D, pronounced "Maine College of Art and Design”) has been activating students of all pursuits to make art, make an impact, and inspire change since its founding as Portland School of Art in 1882. Located in Portland's thriving Arts District, students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, 24-hour-a-day studios, a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and a community-based Artists at Work program—making MECA&D the right-sized school in the right-sized city for every student who wants to make their mark and be seen. MECA&D offers BFA Majors and Minors, Graduate Programs, Continuing Studies, Pre-College, and includes the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and the Institute for Contemporary Art. Follow us at @mecaart.

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