Congratulations Charlestown residents! Due to your generous donations, we exceeded our goal of $150,000 by raising $175,000 with 52% household participation. On May 17th we awarded 23 new scholarships at our Scholars’ Ceremony, $2,000 for each student, which will go toward their tuition to the institutions of higher learning which they have chosen to attend. The new Scholars are: Abigail Antoine, Briahnna Talbott, Bryant Henry, Courtney Hancock, Danae Hebron, Emma Olszewski, Jamie Atkins, Jasmine Franklin, Kayla Berry, Kieran Van Zant, Olivia Judson, Zevroniqa Brogden, Ca’ron Bell, Esther Eze, Trashawna Hollingworth, Tae’la Jones, Glen Griffin, Chadea Laws, Shelby Murphy, Justin Naylor, Kanyia Smith, Malik Townsend and Jordin Watkins. These students join the current 138 Charlestown Scholars, some of whom will graduate this summer.
Along with the Charlestown scholarship, the students had an opportunity to apply for additional scholarships. During the ceremony, the Special Named Awards were presented to Jamie Atkins – Ruth Harden-Inglis Award ($750), Emma Olszewski – Virginia Niccolai Scholarship ($1,000), Alwin Joy – Dr. Carroll Yingling Jr. Award ($1,500), Kieran Van Sant – Andrew Murray Myers Scholarship ($2,000), Abigail Antoine – Treasure Sale Award ($2,000), Courtney Hancock – Committee Choice Award ($500), and Jamie Atkins – Four-year Towson Scholarship ($6,000).
We thank each of our residents who made a donation to the 2017 Scholar Campaign, which helps to alleviate some of the financial burden our scholars experience during their college years. We also applaud the Jim Davis Family Foundation for their continuous support of the Scholars program with a $5,000 contribution this year.
We are grateful to this year’s guest speaker, James McBride. James is a previous Charlestown Scholar and will be graduating from Morgan State University this December. James started working here at Charlestown in 2006 in Dining at the tender age of 15 and continued until this past year when he left to become CEO of his own Public Relations firm. His speech content, directed to the Scholars and the residents, was exceptional!
A special note of appreciation to my fellow 2017 Scholar Committee members: Michelle Chenoweth, Leigh Anne Cooper, Norma Goldberg, Roland Gray, Tony Hansen, Pat Kasuda, and Betty Ruff, and to the Philanthropy Department team of Patti Santoni, Emily Fowler and Brittany Owens.
If you missed the ceremony, it will air on CTN972 on June 3 and 4 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tune in to watch this year’s terrific celebration of our student workers’ accomplishments.
Scholar Committee Chair