259 CSM Students Receive More than $300,000 in Scholarships

LA PLATA, Md.—The College of Southern Maryland celebrated the 2014-15 academic year scholarship awardees and donors on Sept. 17 during a reception at the Center for Business and Industry on the La Plata Campus. More than $300,000 in scholarships were awarded to 259 students.

CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried recognized 77 scholarship donors, who are making a difference in Southern Maryland by partnering with the CSM Foundation in keeping education affordable and accessible—which in turn, he said, enhances the health and welfare of the local economy.

“I see daily the lives that are being changed here at CSM and it is because of the support of our donors that we are able to continue our work of helping students realize their potential,” said Gottfried. “The more opportunities we present as a community for our students to succeed, the bigger impact we will make in transforming the Southern Maryland region.”

Speaking to scholarship recipients, CSM Foundation Chair Chris Rush said, “I have firsthand knowledge of the support of this community because just like you, I attended the College of Southern Maryland, Class of 1987. Today, as the chair of the Foundation and 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, an employee. That says a lot about CSM and its presence in the community, and you are now a part of this great tradition.”

Two scholarship recipients spoke at the reception, Nichole Estep of Lusby, who received the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Annual Scholarship, and Liza Dalrymple of Prince Frederick who received the Dennis Lake Smith Memorial Art Scholarship and the Jerome A. Zanelotti, Sr. Memorial Scholarship.

Estep, a nursing student, told donors that in addition to her supportive husband, mother and siblings, she is “thankful for the people who are not my family, who don’t know much about me, who I never met—until tonight—but who have also encouraged me, stood by me and believed in me: the people who create and donate to scholarships so people like me can pursue their dreams. I would personally like to thank all of you who give to the foundation for your selfless charity.”

Dalrymple returned to college to pursue a passion in art. “At this present moment, the opportunity to return to college is a joyous gift. I’m living in the moment—and enjoying the present. But I’m also living with the understanding that everything I do, every class I take, every teacher’s lecture, every art project—is shaping my future. I want to promise the donors of the scholarships that I received--I will make you proud. I promise, your generous donations are appreciated,” she said.

More than 72 percent of college students nationwide graduate with student loan debt, according to 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 here at CSM for their freshmen and sophomore years.”

Scholarships awarded for the 2014-15 academic year include:

Adjunct Faculty Scholarship: Hannah Arnold, Christina Day, Valerie Dowell, Kenneth Howard

Albert L. Elder Jr. Family Scholarship: Sean Frost

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Scholarship: Keanuu Smith-Brown

Anna Mae Ziencik Hess Memorial Scholarship: Monica Jones, Mandi Ransome

Besche Family Scholars and Mentoring Program Annual Scholarship: James Eppley, Wesley Olsen, Kenneth Parker

Bill Wood Memorial Scholarship: Annie Mendoza

Brad and Linda Gottfried Against All Odds Annual Scholarship: Ciera Gantt

Brad and Linda Gottfried Art Scholarship in Memory of Bernice Gottfried: Emma Ansell

Brock Nikolas Guerrieri Memorial Scholarship: Valerie Dowell

Bryce T. Sanders Memorial Scholarship: Christina DeNeale

C. Emmitt Woodey Theatre Scholarship: Joanna Espiritu

Calvert Chamber of Commerce Endowed Scholarship: Crystal Kirven

Calvert County Chamber of Commerce Annual Scholarship: Abreellen Brown, Stephen Dodson, Nichole Estep, Jordan Stearns

Charles County Nursing and Allied Health Programs Scholarship: Lindsey Acquaviva, Rheya Brown, James Byrnes, Rochelle Douglas, Brittany Halmon

Charles County Woman's Club Scholarship: Toyan Bell

Charles Robert Posten Memorial Scholarship: Samuel Allen

Chiaramonte Hope Scholarship: Christina DeNeale, Crystal Kirven, Symone Matthews, Kara Merritt, Heather Santimays, Lindsey Thurman

Christopher Chinault Scholarship: Matthew Owens, Heather Santimays, Susan Wallish

Concerned Black Women of Calvert County - Women in Transition Scholarship: Ashlie Boyd

Connie Kite Memorial Scholarship: Alexandra Knott

Exelon Generation Nuclear Engineering Technology Annual Scholarship: Brandon Cousineau, Benjamin Dunn, Robert Fennelly, Russell Kay, Emily Kerwin, David Maines, Shawn Murphy

Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust Ruth Mathes Scholarship: Erin Tayman

CSM Alumni Scholarship: Bernice Ngere

CSM Foundation Scholarship sponsored by Marrick Homes: Matthew Edgar

CSM Foundation Scholarship sponsored by BAE: Alessia Parks

CSM Foundation Scholarship sponsored by Exelon Generation-Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant: Christopher Isom

CSM Foundation Realize Your Potential Scholarship: David Callahan, Kimberly Campbell, Brittany Cobey, Jenna Courville, Meghan Crout, Kimberly Dubinsky, Andrew Hackney, Daniel Ledbetter, Lisa Parker, Stacie Prinkey, Denise Rhoads, Michael Rice, LaShawnia Wells

CSM Foundation Scholarship for Returning Adults: Lenita Balsbough, Carrie Catalan, Latrice Chase, Kenneth Howard, Doralee Kusztos, Heather Oliver, Aimee Pellegrino, Lori Rushworth, Nieda Tice, Leonard Valley

CSM Foundation Scholarship in Memory of Eric Sawchak: Maria Estevez

CSM Foundation Scholarship sponsored by Brad and Linda Gottfried: Caroline DeHaven, Erica Jones

CSM Foundation Scholarship sponsored by Calvert Memorial Hospital: Melissa Sager

CSM Foundation Scholarship sponsored by Dominion Foundation: Connor Taylor

CSM Foundation Scholarship sponsored by Maureen Cunningham and Gerry: Van De Velde, Nicholas Fastnaught

CSM Foundation Scholarship sponsored by MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital: Kelcei McElvine

CSM Foundation Scholarship sponsored by Miles and Stockbridge, P.C.: Carly Penny

CSM Foundation Scholarship sponsored by Quality Built Homes, Inc.: Kyle Harlow

CSM Prince Frederick Campus Student Association Scholarship: Kristin Hemmer

Dennis Lake Smith Memorial Art Scholarship: Liza Dalrymple

Dr. Elvear B. Johnson Scholarship: Diondella Blanton

Dr. Nallan Ramakrishna Scholarship: Joshua MacKall, Thomas Siehl

Educational Systems Federal Credit Union Special Scholarship: Erin Brown, Aishya Devine, Diamone Hailstock-Williams, Kara Merritt, Christina Vance

Ethelmae M. Lilly Memorial Nursing Scholarship: Kaitlin Benitz

Fannie Louise Sine Henderson Scholarship: Shelly Cain, Latrice Chase, Kaitlyn Willen

Florence B. Trueman Scholarship: Christine Beatty, Kimberly Campbell, Stephen Dodson, Christopher Graham, Eric Graham, Emily Green, James Hilmer, Sarah Manning, Hunter Poore, Elijah Sanchez, Angel Shores, Keanuu Smith-Brown, Jordan Stearns, Melony Vest, Dayna Whitehouse

Gambrill Family Scholarship: Vaughn Gray

Gary D. Smith Memorial Scholarship: Carly Wedding

GRPA Scholarship: Drew Brentlinger, Clinton Garrison, Kristen Mills

Hank Willoughby Foundation Scholarship: Rheya Brown, Jasmine Cabiness, Mary Mills, Kathryn Sine, Melinda Smith, Mallory Tevis

Harland and Lula Cravat Memorial Scholarship: Aryanna Crockett, Samantha Lawler, Stacy Sharper

Helen and Henry Lawlor Scholarship: Alisha Murchison, Mandi Ransome

Helen and Mickey Todd Scholarship: Carrie Catalan, Samantha Enlow, Alexander Huber

Home Towne Real Estate Scholarship: Kaitlin Burkhart, Michael Fray, Lori Rushworth, Tricia Wood

J. Ivey Cline Memorial Scholarship: Desiree Page

Jack Love Sprague Scholarship: Lori Smith

James Mitchell Nursing Scholarship: Melissa Morgan, Jessica Weaver

Jane Hale Sypher Scholarship: Lenita Balsbough, Aimee Pellegrino, Tricia Wood

Jaye S. Ives Freedom Scholarship: Juana Davidson

Jerome A. Zanelotti Sr. Memorial Scholarship: Liza Dalrymple

Joanne Zwick Nursing Scholarship: Christine Beatty

Joseph Patak Memorial Scholarship: Christopher Conklin, Stacie Prinkey, Jeremmy Salazar

Kavetsy Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship: Rheya Brown

L.K. Farrall III Memorial Scholarship: Diondella Blanton, Brittany Cobey

La Plata Lions - Milton M. Somers Scholarship: Samantha Geckle, Mariah Mkandawire, Ayla Padgett, Alexis Proctor, Jennifer Street

LaVerda Francis and Richard Blair Scholarship: Rebecca Butner, Jennifer Colosi, Christopher Graham, Sarah Manning, Seth Spangler

Louis P. Jenkins, Sr. Endowed Scholarship: Melanie Pavone, Valerie Rahill, Melissa Zelonis

Marguerite Cox Family Memorial Scholarship: Brittany Halmon, Makenzie Hooper

Marrick Properties Scholarship: Garry Knight, Ricardo McCaskill

Maurice J. McDonough Scholarship: Nicholas Bears, Michelle Collins, Sarah Kennedy, Katelyn Kimble, Ayana McWillis, Annie Mendoza, Harsh Patel, Jeremmy Salazar, Rebecca Stone, Erica Swann, Megan Tzafaroglou, Jamie Welch, Amanda Wright

McNelis Family Scholarship: Elizabeth Kennedy

McWilliams Family Endowed Scholarship: Bernice Ngere

Neale Chaney Slater Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Erin Brown

NRL Federal Credit Union - Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Strikeout Scholarship: Ryan Hardy

Nu Zeta Omega Scholarship of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.: Jordan Alvey, Jeanette Jacobs, Jeana Osborne

Nyce Annual Scholarship: Diane Payne

Old Line Bank Business Program Annual Scholarship: Candice Cook, James Day, Melissa Fenwick, Emily Garcia, Crystal Kirven, Daniel Ledbetter, Yaa Opoku, Corrinne Penny, Holly Settle, Megan Tzafaroglou

Oreta Stinson Memorial Engineering Scholarship: Mary Mills

Our Earth Scholarship: Mary Mills

Patty Schwier and Norma LaFleur Scholarship: Jennifer Colosi

Paul V. Fachhina Jr. Scholarship: Cody Graham

Professor Debra L. Wyvill Teacher Education Scholarship: Amanda Shrawder

Rebekah Compton Boone and Vivian Bounds Edelen Scholarship: J'Trenee Bryant

Renee Munday Math Endowed Scholarship: Lindsey Bowersox

St. Mary's County Government Health and Medical Scholarship: Hannah Arnold, Denise Collins, Juana Davidson, Dawn Drury, Sandra Fischer, Tyler Hayden, Carlos Jelinek, Alexandra Knott, Ray Ann Lindsey, Kara Merritt, Aimee Pellegrino, Olivia Redding, Yhamira Santiago, Molly Stine, Ernestina Stone, Natasha Terry, Lindsay Truong, Margaret Williams, Tiffany Wilson, Ashley Yonek

St. Mary’s Government Endowed Scholarship: Sierra Barnes, Crystal Berry, Tiyona Gupton, Robyn Harding, Tyler Wahl, Katie Wathen

Shani-Jinaki Whipple Memorial Scholarship: Ronald Hesse

Sidney John Francis Waugh Sr. Memorial Scholarship: Richard Samrow, Antwan Vandroff

Solomons Business Association Scholarship: Jordyn Callahan

Southern Maryland Women's League Scholarship: Lisa Scales, Dina Spence-Foreman, Lauren Young

Susan N. Behmke Legacy Scholarship: Lauralea Davis

T. N. Bowes HVAC Scholarship: Malcolm Davis

Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Scholarship: Christopher Graham, Eric Graham

The Arc of Southern Maryland Communications/Media Studies Scholarship: Tracy Johnson

The Arc of Southern Maryland Nursing Scholarship: Carlos Jelinek

Thomas F. Goldsmith III Scholarship: Rheya Brown, Jennifer Street

Thomas J. Murray Memorial Scholarship: Crystal Leon

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Scholarship: Danielle Moyers, Kortnie Moyers

Tri-County 40 et 8 Nursing Scholarship: Jennifer Street

Virginia B. Darrow Memorial CSM Nursing Scholarship: Dayna Whitehouse

Walter B. Grove II Memorial Art Scholarship: Abbie Fahnestock, Katharina Fleming, Alan Frampton

WFA Cancer Survivors and Friends Cancer Scholarship: Kimberly Dubinsky

Wigberto Martinez Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Robert Gomez

Zonta RAVE Walk Scholarship in Memory of Gayle Cooke: Six recipients

For information on creating or donating to a scholarship, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Foundation/. To view a gallery of photos from the Sept. 17 Scholarship Reception, visit http://csmphoto.zenfolio.com/14schlarrecpt. The Sept. 17 reception was one of several ceremonies to join scholarship donors with their scholarship recipients.

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