Lexington Park Rotary Awards $44,250 in Scholarships

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. - The Lexington Park Rotary Club awarded $44,250 in scholarships to sixteen St. Mary’s County high school seniors. A luncheon was held on June 4th at the J.T. Daugherty Center to give special recognition to the recipients for their outstanding academic achievements.

More than one-third of the Club’s total fundraising will go to its scholarship program this year. The Club’s scholarship program is designed to promote academic excellence and higher education in the community. This year, the Club participated in the St. Mary’s County Business, Education and Community Alliance (BECA) scholarship application process extending the reach of its scholarship program and helping students by streamlining the scholarship application process.

“Lexington Park Rotary Club dedicates a significant amount of fundraising each year to our scholarship program. We continue to promote education by recognizing hard working students, honoring academic accomplishments, and helping local students achieve their college education goals.” said Mike Guy, President of Lexington Park Rotary Club.

The club awarded the following scholarships:

· $10,000 four-year scholarships to Charles Donald Dulka of Chopticon HS, and Daniel Logan, and Emily Frangenberg of Leonardtown HS;

· $1,000 Mike Marlay award as the most outstanding student in St. Mary’s County to Charles D. Dulka of Chopticon HS;

· $2,000 Vocational-Technical scholarship to Wayne T. Miedzinski, Jr. of Leonardtown HS;

· $1,500 scholarships to Michael Craton and Travis E. Vines of Chopticon HS and Lauren A. Norris of Leonardtown HS;

· $1,000 scholarships to Ashley Nichalson and Brenna L. Skelly of Leonardtown HS, and Annie Kwon of Great Mills HS;

· $1,250 Greg H. Clarke Aviation Military Scholarship to Sidney Deon Ridley of Great Mills HS;

· $1,000 Doris Darrah Mathematics Education scholarship and Fernando M. Cruz of Great Mills HS;

· $1,000 Anne Houston Green Music Education scholarship to Maximilian Laray of Leonardtown HS;

· $500 scholarships to Arlene D. Carney of Leonardtown HS, Ashley Jensen of St. Mary’s Ryken, and Eve Moyle of Great Mills HS.

During the luncheon, the Club also presented the John Beaton – Marco Polo Travel Award and a check of $2000 to Allen Skinner, Science teacher at Great Mills HS. The monetary sponsorship will enable Mr. Skinner to attend the National Conference on Educational Robotics in Honolulu, Hawaii this July along with eleven Great Mills High School Robotics Team students.

The Lexington Park Rotary Club, perhaps most famous for its annual fund raiser “St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival”, is an organization of business and professional leaders united to provide charitable and humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. The Club currently has over 95 members and focuses on six avenues of service: Club Service, Membership Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, and Special Projects.

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