The Maxine Morse Fellowship

Current Fellow
Intern at our Global Headquarters in New Hampshire and help inspire the next generation of Friends Forever International volunteers and participants.


The Maxine Morse Fellowship was created in 2019 in honor of philanthropist and community leader, Maxine Morse. Each year, Friends Forever International uses the Fellowship to recognize an alum who demonstrates a commitment to FFI’s mission and the drive to carry our vision forward.


While at the FFI Headquarters, fellows meet with many different community members. During that time and the months to follow, fellows are also tasked with developing and implementing a project designed to strengthen FFI’s programs while further engaging FFI alumni and community members in our mission.

2019 Maxine Morse Fellow Fellowship Recipient:

Robyn Beattie

Robyn is a graduate of the 2017 Europe/UK Program and spent 2 weeks with the New England host community. Robyn is studying in Belfast, following her goal to become a doctor and work with Doctors without Borders. She is learning Arabic and Hebrew in order to explore their specific cultures, arts, and music. Robyn is working as a lifeguard with the local council and holds a voluntary post as a swimming teacher with Lisburn City Swimming Club’s ‘Learn to Swim’ school. There, she is working with children and a group of young people with disabilities.


Robyn was awarded the 2019 Maxine Morse Fellowship for her involvement with the FFI Alumni Movement and her commitment to making a difference in the world. As part of her Fellowship, Robyn will be interning at the FFI Headquarters in Durham, NH, this summer. During this time, she will assist with program development and meet with local community members.

If you would like to meet Robyn, contact the Alumni Coordinator, Amelia, 603.397.5301 or email

About Maxine


Born and raised in Manchester, NH, Maxine Morse has been a force in the Granite State for more than 60 years and has dedicated her considerable energies to ensuring a higher quality of life for those less fortunate. A graduate of Cornell University, Maxine served as the Director of the Greater Manchester Child Care Center, New Hampshire’s first nonprofit child care center, from 1969-1974. Her work went on to include the Chairmanship of the 1975 Commission on Laws Affecting Mental Health. Funded in part by the New Hampshire Charitable Fund (currently known as the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation) the project identified and developed 22 proposals for legislative action updating NH’s mental health laws—15 of which were passed.

Maxine has served on numerous boards and has held leadership roles in many agencies including: Greater Manchester Mental Health Center, Odyssey House, New Horizons, the NH Social Welfare Council, the Lakes Region Mental Health Center, the Children’s Alliance of NH, the NH Music Festival, the Portsmouth Music Hall, and the Canterbury Shaker Village. Having worked with then-Senator Eileen Foley on some of the 1975 progressive mental health legislation, Maxine is honored to be recognized by FFI by receiving the award in Eileen’s name.


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