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STAY MWV is a group of engaged young professionals in the Valley, working together to ensure that the MWV as a place to call home for young people. Their mission is “to attract and retain a vibrant young professional population in the Mount Washington Valley.” Their Annual Student Loan Assistance Program helps pay back the student debt of our local young professionals, making it easier for young people to settle here.

STAY MWV Mission:

The MWV Young Professional Network was established in 2007 to offer opportunities and resources for the Valley's young professionals to connect with their peers and get involved in the community.

The efforts of STAY MWV began in 2016 renewing this mission to support a vibrant population of young folks here in the MWV. In an effort to combat the effects the student loan crisis has on rural communities, their Student Loan Assistance Program assists MWV residents with the payback of their student loans. Similar to a scholarship given to high school students as they enter college, our program assists young folks who are living and working here after college.

To date, STAY MWV has provided $72,500 in assistance to 40 individuals throughout the Mt. Washington Valley. Awardees are all young folks in our region working as Teachers, Psychologists, Real Estate Agents, Restaurant Workers, Non-Profit Employees, and more.  STAY MWV honors the wide range of young folks here working to make the Valley a little more special each day.


Together with their community partners, and many generous businesses and individual donations, STAY MWV granted the 2022 Student Loan Assistance Program award to one of our region’s young professionals.

Similar to a scholarship given to high school students as they enter college, this program assists young folks who are living and working here after college with payments toward their student loans.

Please join them in congratulating Frank Thompson on his commitment and contributions to our community.

Frank grew up in Jackson and was a graduating member of the Kennett High School class of 2016. He graduated from College of the Holy Cross in 2020 with a double major in Russian and International Studies. He currently works at the Echo Group in Conway, as a Tech Support Specialist. Frank loves hiking in the summer, and in the winter spends time cross-country and backcountry skiing. He is an active member of the local theater company M&D Productions, performing at the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse in North Conway.

He is extremely grateful for the opportunity STAY MWV is giving him.

“STAY MWV is doing a wonderful thing for the young workers in our valley, and each award they give will see immediate dividends in the community. The $2,500 from the Student Loan Assistance Program will be put towards one of my loans with a 5.05% interest rate. In short, this $2,500 award will save me over $3,600 in loan payments over the next five years, something I will be eternally grateful for.”

Application period opens March 1 - April 7

Student Loan Assistance Awards are supported by:

Pinkham Real Estate

HEB Engineers

Theresa Bernhardt Realty Partners

The White Mountain Hotel

Recon Trail Design

The Conway Foundation

Flatbread Company, North Conway

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