CSM Foundation Provides Scholarships, Opportunities
It wasnt just one jolly old elf that brought smiles to the faces of College of Southern Maryland students this year, but rather a host of elves working and giving throughout the year to provide a little help and a lot of encouragement to those pursuing their academic and career goals.
For the 2010-11 academic year, the CSM Foundation, the fundraising arm of the college, presented 142 students with more than $170,000 in scholarships.
This season of giving is an appropriate time to remember and thank our donors who have been giving all year to support our students, said CSM Director of Development Martina Arnold.
Among the recipients is Rachel Eaby, 20, of White Plains, who received the James C. Mitchell Nursing Scholarship for the last two years. In her third semester of nursing, Eaby has enjoyed her experiences both in the classroom and in clinical settings. While the nursing program here is wonderful, when you add up the cost of tuition, textbooks and supplies such as stethoscopes, scrubs and other necessities, it can be quite expensive, she said at the foundations Oct. 24 scholarship reception. The nursing program takes a great deal of time. I have lecture twice a week as well as clinical which can vary from six to eight hours per day. So between class time and time devoted to studying, Im not left with much time to work. She appreciates the help she gets from her parents and the scholarship, she said.
Another nursing student, Stephanie Rivers, 33, of Lexington Park told commissioners at the St. Marys County Government Scholarship reception Oct. 19 that she wouldnt miss the opportunity to personally thank them for their generosity.
In 2007, after the birth of her second son, Rivers decided to begin working toward a degree in nursinginitially taking one class at a time. After she completed the core courses, she petitioned and was accepted into CSMs nursing program. It is not easy doing clinical with a family, Rivers said of the mandatory full days working in area hospitals alongside registered nurses. Once a week she and her 7-year-old son go to the Lexington Park library together to study. It is our quality time together, she said of their routine of quizzing each other with flash cards. What are the signs of a stroke? he might ask me, Rivers said, admitting that he probably doesnt even know what a stroke is. He is competitive though, she said, of her son counting the number of flash cards each of them correctly answers.
It has been a difficult year academically, she admits, but one that is made easier by the emotional support she gets at home. I am lucky to have a supportive husband and the financial support from the CSM Foundation, she said.
St. Marys Commissioner Jack Russell told attendees at the Oct. 19 event that he, too, was a scholarship recipient while at the University of Maryland. The money was great, but more importantly, it was the knowledge that somebody in the community had faith in me.
It was more than faith in his abilities that drove Daniel Underwood, 52, of Leonardtown back to school for training: it was necessity.
After working in construction for 28 years, Underwood learned he had developed health issues that would prevent him from continuing to work in the strenuous field he loved. He developed a plan that would allow him to work another 15 to 20 years in constructionthis time as a manager.
Underwood admitted that he was intimidated by the thought of returning to schooland that his children thought he was too old for school didnt help.
On his first day of class he sat behind a computer and didnt know how to turn it on. This is my only shot, said Underwood. If I go home because I get frustrated, I wont have any options for my future.
Underwood persevered. He has learned Auto-Cad 3-D, MS Project and EXCEL, and he types his multi-page research papers using Microsoft Word. Underwood is on track to graduate this spring and plans to pursue a bachelors degree from the University of Maryland.
Underwood received a scholarship from Marrick Homes, the grand tournament sponsor of the CSM Foundation Golf Classic held in August. Players and sponsors in the event raised more than $45,000 for scholarships, with Shelby Buckler, 18, of Lusby receiving a scholarship sponsored by the Showplace Arena Scholarship at the event.
Playing volleyball and softball at Patuxent High School, Buckler is continuing her involvement with athletics at CSM while taking general education courses with the plan to transfer to study sports management. I want to be around sports even if I dont play professionally, she said.
Foundation Chair and Executive Vice President of Community Bank of Tri-County Greg Cockerham is an enthusiastic alum of CSM, saying that when he transferred to West Virginia University for his bachelors degree he felt CSM had prepared him well. As a scholarship donor, Cockerham said that it is important to him to give back to the community. He urged scholarship recipients at the Oct. 24 reception to remember this feeling and to pass it on to future students once they are established and successful.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2010, the foundation manages more than 80 scholarships, adding 13 new scholarships this year alone.
CSM students receiving scholarships, included:
CSM 2010-11 Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Albert L. Elder, Jr. Family Memorial Scholarship
Marie Turner Albert L. Elder, Jr. Family Memorial Scholarship
Anna Mae Ziencik Hess Memorial Scholarship
Bill Wood Memorial Scholarship
Brock Nikolas Guerrieri Memorial Scholarship
Charles County Technology Council Scholarship
Charles County Woman's Club Scholarship
Chiaramonte Hope Scholarship
CSM Foundation – Realize Your Potential
CSM Foundation Scholarship for Returning Adults
Debra L. Wyvill Teacher Education Scholarship
Fanny Louise Sullivan Sine Henderson Scholarship
Gary Smith Memorial Scholarship
Helen and Henry Lawlor Scholarship
Helen and Mickey Todd Scholarship
Jack Love Sprague Scholarship
James Mitchell Nursing Scholarship
Jane Hale Sypher Scholarship
L.K. Farrall III Memorial Scholarship
La Plata Lions Club/Milton M. Somers Scholarship
LaVerda Francis and Richard Blair Scholarship
Maurice J. McDonough Scholarship Endowment
Neale Chaney Slater Memorial Scholarship
Nu Zeta Omega Scholarship