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 $76,500 in assistance to 42 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.
The 2023 Student Loan Assistance Program
The 2023 Student Loan Assistance Awardees are Beth Corbett and Drew McDonald, who have been selected for their strong work ethics and dynamic contributions to our community. By providing financial support through the Student Loan Assistance Program, STAY MWV aims to ensure that promising individuals like Beth and Drew can continue to contribute to our community's growth and prosperity.
Beth Corbett came to the MWV in 2010 from "across the Kanc" in Lincoln and currently lives in Conway with her husband and dog. She now works as the Family Support Liaison at Josiah Bartlett Elementary School, but over her years here has made a huge impact on the community through employment at Northern Human Services, NH Partners in Health and Tri-County Community Action. When asked about the program she says, “STAY MWV’s Student Loan Assistance Program funds will help me to continue my education and remain in the Valley so that I can give back to my community through my service work.”
Drew McDonald is a valley native and recent graduate of Plymouth State University. After the COVID-19 pandemic rattled his last semester in college, he came back home and put his business degree to work. Drew owns and operates his own company, Next Step Property Maintenance, and looks forward to the day when he can contribute even more to our community by hiring his first employee. Drew is happy to have placed down roots here again and remarks, “this award makes me recognize how caring and supportive our valley is. I am very grateful to have been selected, and I someday hope to be able to give back and support the next generation of young adults just like this program has done for us.”
2022 Student Loan Assistance Program
Student Loan Assistance Awards are supported by:
Pinkham Real Estate
Theresa Bernhardt Realty Partners
The White Mountain Hotel
Recon Trail Design
The Conway Foundation
Flatbread Company, North Conway