PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. Three Calvert County students received an extra boost in their college funds May 6 as Calvert County Governments Employee Recognition Committee (ERC) awarded scholarships totaling $2,000.
The ERC annually offers college scholarships to two graduating high school seniors who are dependents of Calvert County Government employees and to one county government employee pursuing a college degree. This years winners are:
Juwan D. Hawkins, Calvert County employee at the Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center, $500 Award
A National Honor Society member, Hawkins is graduating from Huntingtown High School with a grade point average of 88.95 and is ranked 121 out of 410 students. Among his many achievements, Hawkins played junior varsity basketball and football and varsity football; participated in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Associations (MPSSAA) Indoor Track & Field Class 3A State Championship; received the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) DC Professional Chapter Young Leaders Award; and served as a member of Brothers Reaching Out.
Hawkins has attended the MPSSAA Student Athlete Leadership Conference, the NSBE National Conference and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state conference. He plans to attend North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro. Hawkins mother, Ramona A. Parran, is a Calvert County Government employee at the Calvert Control Center.
Caitlyn Mitchell, Daughter of Michelle L. Mitchell, Circuit Court Office Assistant, $500 Award
Mitchell is graduating from Huntingtown High School with a grade point average of 85.90. She is a member of FBLA, the Academy of Finance, the Huntingtown High School Dance Team, the Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Program and is vice president of the Distributive Education Club of America.
Mitchell pursued her interest in finance through organizing and serving as president of the Huntingtown High School Accounting Club; coordinating fundraisers for Relay for Life and FBLA; interning with Calvert County Governments Department of Finance and Budget; and conducting free tax preparation for the Farming 4 Hunger project. She is interested in pursuing a career as a forensic accountant and plans to attend Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa.
Rachael J. Warner, Daughter of Barbara J. Warner, Department of Finance and Budget Executive, Administrative Assistant, $1,000 Award
Warner is graduating from Patuxent High School with a grade point average of 83.26 and is ranked 99 out of 281 students. She is a member of the Foreign Language Honor Society, Future Educators of America, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Teachers Academy of Maryland.
Her active high school career included participating in junior varsity and varsity field hockey as well as community clubs like Teen Scene (as co-founder), World Vision, Karsyns Karnival and MoJo for Grace. Warner also works as a teachers aide at Grover Place Child Care Center and participated in a student internship program in which she taught in local middle schools. She plans to attend Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.
The ERC raises funds for the scholarship program through vending sales at county buildings and coordinates the application process. Applications are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement; extra-curricular activities, both in and out of school; community service involvement; honors and awards; and letters of recommendation. In addition, each applicant is asked to submit an essay.