Scholarships for 2015 Fall Semester total More Than $400,000
Scholarship recipients at the College of Southern Maryland began their Thanksgiving holiday a little early, by showing their thanks and appreciation to donors at the Nov. 6 CSM Foundation Scholarship Reception at the La Plata Campus. For the 2015 fall semester, the foundation awarded more than $400,000 to students through 351 scholarships. Spring scholarships will be awarded in January 2016.
CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried acknowledged scholarship donors for the difference they make in the lives of CSM students. ?I am honored to recognize the many scholarship donors who are making an impact in our Southern Maryland community. They have chosen to partner with the CSM Foundation in keeping education affordable and accessible, which in turn enhances the health and welfare of our local economy.?
Speaking to scholarship recipients, CSM Foundation Chair Rané Franklin said, ?As an active member of the Southern Maryland community, I see the impact of CSM. Everywhere I turn there is something CSM-related: a campus, a student, a program or an employee. That says a lot about CSM and its presence and you are now a part of this great tradition. On behalf of the CSM Foundation, I would also like to thank all of our donors for their strong support. You are providing a lasting impact on the lives of these students.?
Two scholarship recipients spoke at the reception, Kara Merritt of Indian Head, who received the Chiaramonte Hope Scholarship, the GRPA Foundation scholarship and the Thomas Goldsmith Scholarship, and George Jenkins III of La Plata, who received the Albert L. Elder Jr. Family Memorial Scholarship, the CSM Alumni Association Scholarship, the Helen and Mickey Todd Scholarship, the International Systems Safety Society, Washington D.C. Chapter Scholarship and the CSM STEM Scholars Program Scholarship.
Merritt, a nursing student, told donors that she always wanted to help others and that even as a child, she would care for her brothers and neighborhood kids when they had scraped knees. She served in the Navy and then decided to go to nursing school. ?I moved to Southern Maryland, started taking classes at CSM and I made the soccer team. I was 27 years old, which was about nine years older than most of my teammates. I was taking seven classes and working part time.? She knew that she couldn?t keep up the pace of working to support herself, pay for college tuition and attend CSM full-time in the nursing program. She applied for several scholarships and was overjoyed, she said, when she received the funds to continue her studies as CSM. ?I have learned if you try your hardest you will accomplish what you have set your mind to… it just takes time. You cannot plant a seed today, and expect flowers tomorrow,? she said.
Jenkins, valedictorian of Henry E. Lackey High School?s class of 2014, said that CSM was the best option for him. ?While my initial decision to come to CSM was based on finances, I soon realized that CSM offered me so much more. Scholarships at CSM enabled me to concentrate on academics rather than finding a part-time job. This seriously improves the quality of my life. Also by receiving the funding I do, I am able to be a part of the CSM VEX robotics team–which was ranked 10th in the world last year–as well as a part of the math team and the engineering club. The scholarships enable me to enjoy the full college experience and have time to give back to the community through the VEX Robotics team by volunteering with elementary and middle school children,? said Jenkins.
?Many of you are hearing in the news daily the staggering statistics about student loan debt and how more than 70 percent of college students have debt averaging $27,000. The most unfortunate statistic is that more than 30 percent of the students who take out college loans never finish college and have nothing to show for that debt,? said Gottfried. ?This is why CSM is taking great strides to educate our students, their spouses and parents about the opportunity and wise decision to save more than $29,000 by starting college here at CSM for your freshmen and sophomore years.?
Last year 1,762 CSM students transferred to 226 different four-year colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Scholarships awarded for the 2015-16 academic year include:
Academic Excellence Scholarship
Adjunct Faculty Scholarship (Merit)
Adjunct Faculty Scholarship (Need)
Albert L. Elder Jr. Family Memorial Scholarship
Anna Mae Ziencik Hess Memorial Scholarship
Besche Family Scholars and Mentoring Program Annual Scholarship
Brad and Linda Gottfried Against All Odds Annual Scholarship
Brock Nikolas Guerrieri Memorial Scholarship
Bryce T. Sanders Memorial Scholarship
C. Emmitt Woodey Theatre Scholarship
Francis Bowles Jr.
Calvert Chamber of Commerce Annual Scholarship
Calvert Chamber of Commerce Endowed Scholarship
Calvert County 350th Anniversary Celebration Endowed Scholarship