Thomas Lilly, a senior at North Point High School, was recently named the 2014 Charles County recipient of the $10,000 engineering scholarship from Northrop Grumman’s Engineering Scholars program. He is one of 24 students in Maryland to receive the award this year. Lilly will attend Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, in the fall and plans to study aerospace or mechanical engineering.
Lilly is an honor roll student and maintains a grade-point average above 4.0. He has completed numerous Advanced Placement (AP) courses and is enrolled in four this school year. Additionally, Lilly is a student athlete and has been a member of the football team all four years at North Point. Award winners are chosen by a committee of Northrop Grumman employees and funds are used for books, tuition, lodging and/or meals at the college of the recipient’s choice.
Scholarship applicants must be a graduating senior at a public or accredited private high school; plan to attend an accredited college or university school of engineering; have a minimum composite SAT score of 1700 or ACT score of 27; and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.5. Applicants must also submit a 400-word essay and three letters of recommendation.
The scholarship program was established to support students with a background interest in math and science to study engineering. Individual scholarships of $10,000 are divided into $2,500 increments over a four-year period. Award recipients are also required to accept summer internship opportunities, when available.
Students Receive Scholarships from Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation, CSM Foundation
Celebrating 14 years of partnership, the College of Southern Maryland Foundation and the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation awarded 41 students with $79,000 in scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year at the annual scholarship reception May 16.
“Our goal is to make Charles County a better place for all,” said Jaycee and CSM Alumna Suzanne Wible. “The Jaycees joined in partnership with the college 14 years ago to award scholarships to high school seniors graduating from Charles County schools based on their community involvement and financial need. We are looking to these students to become the future leaders in our community, and who will pay it forward to make a positive impact on someone else.”
After the student has been accepted as a scholarship recipient, Wible explained that as long as they continue to do well academically the scholarship is renewed in the student’s second year at CSM. Among this year’s 14 renewed scholarship recipients is CSM business administration major Carly Penny, of La Plata, who spoke to guests attending the reception about her financial struggles and how the scholarship has benefited her.
“This scholarship made the difference of me going to school or not,” she said. “It has been hard for my family to afford tuition for me and my twin sister at the same time. The scholarship has helped me pursue my degree without having to acquire student loan debt, or have to work full time. The scholarship will even allow me to graduate more quickly by being able to take more classes each semester.”
After CSM, Penny plans to transfer to Towson University to pursue her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business. “You have made a difference in my life and many others and your generosity will never be forgotten. I am involved in my community, and through your example I plan to increase my community involvement.”
Echoing Penny’s sentiments to thank the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation and CSM Foundation for their support by in turn helping others in their community, two-year scholarship recipient Carley Flowers, of Waldorf, said, “My plans after graduating college are to start my career as a radiographer in Charles County and invest my time back to the community that has helped me get to where I am now.”
“Attending CSM has not only allowed me to reach my full academic potential but it has also shaped me into a better person…(and) led me on a pathway to new heights and higher learning. The College of Southern Maryland …has definitely prepared me with the skills, knowledge, confidence and leadership needed to reach the next milestone in my life,” said Flowers, who is transferring to pursue a radiography degree. “What made me want to pursue radiography was my love for helping others and first-hand experience seeing broken bones as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and my own personal experiences with broken bones.”
In addition to receiving a renewal scholarship when a minimum grade point average is maintained, the renewal recipient with the highest GPA as well as the departing student with the highest GPA are awarded an additional $1,000. This year’s renewal recipient with the highest GPA was Sarah Adeyanju. The departing student with the highest GPA was Rabbia Hasan.
Recipients of the 2014-15 Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation-CSM Foundation Scholarships are: Alexander Albrittain, Cristine Arter, Georgette Beason, Joeshia Brawner, Genesis Burch, Rebekah Carson, Aryanna Crockett, Imani Dennis, Sambhav Devkota, Daniel Dewaters, Emily Ditoto, Cheyenne Eller, Maria Estevez, Alyssa Gentilcore, Kehle Hatch, Michael King, Emily Latimer, Sarah Latimer, Morgan Mabry, Shelby McKeown, Kyle Millhouse, Tabish Nawaz, Bushra Nawaz, Agnaben Patel, Evelyn Pike, Patrik Sarabia, Robyn Welborne and Elle Williams.
Recipients of the 2014-15 Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation-CSM Foundation Renewed Scholarships are: Sarah Adeyanju, Anthony Day, Kelly Flaherty, Selaina Hopkins, Darrien Kristiansen, Carly Penny, Ashley Rye, Anastasia Saldana, Jan Christian Santos, Joelle Sherman, Kathryn Sine, Allen Tengco and Alexandra Toribio.
SMECO Awards College Scholarships
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has awarded four scholarships to high school seniors for 2014. Each year, SMECO awards four $1,500 college scholarships to students who live in the Co-op's service area. Scholarships are based on the applicants' scholastic achievement, financial need, and school and community involvement. SMECO has awarded scholarships to 88 students over the past 21 years. Each of the following students will receive a $1,500 college scholarship.
Nathan Tyndall, son of Ransom and Amanda Tyndall of Port Republic, is a senior at Calvert High School. Tyndall participates in the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Club, and he is a founder of the Chemistry Club and plays varsity soccer. In addition to playing the trumpet in the Calvert High School Band, he enjoys playing the guitar, saxophone, and piano. According to Jennifer Andreasen, Advanced Placement Specialist at Calvert High School, "Nathan is a very mature young man with a thoughtful outlook on life. His sense of irony and his sense of humor are welcome additions to the classroom. Yet, he is also very kind. He is quick to rise to the defense of others, and he does not use his humor at the expense of others." Tyndall plans to study chemistry at St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City.
Rachel Potts, daughter of Jill Potts of Chaptico, is a senior at Chopticon High School. Potts has received many honors, including Academic Achievement awards, Principal's Citizenship, Science Fair, Student of the Month, and field hockey athletic awards. She plans to study accounting at the College of Southern Maryland. Sandra Tolson, Counselor at Chopticon High School, says, "Within the community, Rachel has been honored to serve and give back to those less fortunate. She volunteered her time in support of a fund-raising event for Vacation for Vets, prepared materials for the Child Support Awareness campaign sponsored by Social Services, and participated in the Relay for Life Walk. Rachel speaks fondly of her desire to make a difference in the lives of others. I have worked with many students throughout my career and I can truly say that Rachel is exceptional."
Jabrena Milburn, daughter of Charles and Marion Milburn of Lexington Park, attends Chopticon High School. Milburn served as the historian for Best Buddies and secretary for the National Honor Society, and she participated in Dance Team and Future Business Leaders of America. Milburn plans to study Special Education at Delaware State University. According to Elizabeth Privette, Special Education teacher at Chopticon, "Jabrena's actions have demonstrated that she has a compassionate heart and a talent for looking at an individual and being acceptant of their uniqueness. She is dependable and displays a strong work ethic. She went beyond her responsibility as a student aide in the classroom and extended her involvement with the SAIL (Supporting Academics and Independent Living) population into the general community of Chopticon High School. Jabrena is a giving, kind-hearted, responsible young woman."
Josiah Manning, son of David and Marilyn Manning of Huntingtown, attends Huntingtown High School. He plans to attend the University of Maryland and to study biochemistry. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. says this about Manning: "An aspiring Eagle Scout and recipient of many awards, Mr. Manning devotes much of his non-classroom time to support local civic activities. Using his passion for agriculture, he participates in a variety of 4-H events that donate their proceeds to organizations like the Goldberg Breast Cancer Center of Calvert Memorial Hospital, countywide food drives, scholarship programs, and local families. His commitment to the community is exemplary and he shows a great dedication and desire to serve fellow citizens." Manning's ambition is to become a veterinarian, physician, or biomedical engineer.
SMECO provides scholarships to local students who excel academically and who show promise in their chosen field of study. Past scholarship winners include teachers, nurses, and a medical doctor.
CCPS seniors receive nearly $55 million in scholarship offers
Students in the Charles County Public Schools Class of 2014 were offered nearly $55 million in scholarship offers.
2014 graduation numbers by school (as of May 29)
Henry E. Lackey High School
-- Total graduates: 316
-- Total scholarship money offered: $5,500,000
La Plata High School
-- Total graduates: 345
-- Total scholarship money offered: $7,614,706
Maurice J. McDonough High School
-- Total graduates: 229
-- Total scholarship money offered: $6,739,068
North Point High School
-- Total graduates: 534
-- Total scholarship money offered: $17,474,099
Thomas Stone High School
-- Total graduates: 317
-- Total scholarship money offered: $9,190,000
Westlake High School
-- Total graduates: 358
-- Total scholarship money offered: $8,361,173
Charles County Public Schools Totals
Total graduates: 2,099
Total scholarship money offered: $54,879,046