CSM Awards Scholarships for 2013-14

215 Students, 76 Scholarships, Southern Maryland Generosity

Among the 215 CSM students receiving scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year are Jeremy Hunter, left, and Kenneth Waters Jr., right, who joined CSM Advancement Lead Executive Assistant Toni Zanelotti Kruszka, center, at the scholarship reception Sept. 12 in the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata Campus. Hunter received the Jerome A. Zanelotti Sr. Memorial Scholarship named for Kruszka’s father. Waters received the C. Emmitt Woodey Theatre Scholarship. (Photo: CSM) Among the 215 CSM students receiving scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year are Jeremy Hunter, left, and Kenneth Waters Jr., right, who joined CSM Advancement Lead Executive Assistant Toni Zanelotti Kruszka, center, at the scholarship reception Sept. 12 in the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata Campus. Hunter received the Jerome A. Zanelotti Sr. Memorial Scholarship named for Kruszka’s father. Waters received the C. Emmitt Woodey Theatre Scholarship. (Photo: CSM)

LA PLATA, Md.—The College of Southern Maryland celebrated the 2013-14 academic year scholarship awardees and donors on Sept. 12 during a reception at the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata Campus.

"The CSM scholarship program is one of the most important tools we have to help [students] fulfill their dreams," CSM Board of Trustees Chair Michael Middleton told those attending the reception. "The scholarship program is about someone who you probably don't know, or probably never even heard about, let alone actually met. It's someone who believes in you and who believes that you can, and will, make a difference in this world. Your efforts helped you qualify for a scholarship and what we, the donors, want is that you remember the reason a scholarship was created for you. We want you to remember so that someday, you can help someone else achieve their dreams," Middleton said to students.

Speaking on behalf of the scholarship recipients was CSM theater major Jeremy Hunter of La Plata. "Like many of my fellow students, college is a challenge financially as well as academically. Most students, like me, work several jobs to support themselves while going to school full time. These scholarships allow us to focus on classwork-and for me rehearsing for a show. I don't know if you realize it or not, but when you award a scholarship, you are not only providing a financial commitment but you are also telling us that you have faith in our abilities.

"This scholarship tells me that you have faith in me as a student and as an actor. And the best way to thank you for this scholarship is to show you that I am indeed worthy of it, which is exactly what I plan to do," Hunter said.

CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried recognized the individuals and organizations that provide scholarships. "This evening I am honored to recognize the partners and supporters who have wisely invested in their college and its students to help keep education affordable and accessible within Southern Maryland. This in turn enhances the health and welfare of our local economy," Gottfried said.

Referencing the multiple pages listing scholarships and students who received them, Gottfried said, "CSM benefits from the most generous people in Southern Maryland, who are all willing to establish scholarships so that students can afford college and finish with no or low debt." Gottfried cited statistics that indicate that 30 percent of the students who take out college loans never finish college and have nothing to show for that debt. Student loan debt is exceeding $1 trillion which is more than consumer loan and credit card debt, and that costs for higher education at four-year colleges have increased more than healthcare costs. "What does that mean for our future," Gottfried asked.

CSM is taking great strides to educate students, their spouses and parents about the opportunity and wise decision to save more than $29,000 by starting college at CSM rather than a public or private university, said Gottfried.

"We are your gateway to the University of Maryland, UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County), Penn State, Johns Hopkins, Towson, University of Vermont and thousands of other great colleges and universities. Our students start here and transfer to colleges in more than 40 states. And, we want students to commit to finish here, too. By earning an associate's degree or certification before transferring or going into a specialized career field, students can walk away as an alum with a credential that means something for your time and money," Gottfried said.

A 1975 alumnus of CSM and chair of the CSM Foundation, Jay Lilly told scholarship recipients that he has firsthand knowledge of the support of the Southern Maryland community because, "Just like you, I received my start here, too, with a scholarship years ago."

Lilly went on to graduate from CSM, and transfer to Georgetown University where he earned a bachelor's degree.

The following are scholarships awarded for the 2013-14 academic year

Adjunct Faculty Scholarship (Merit): Hannah Arnold, Lisa Kreps

Adjunct Faculty Scholarship: Christine Beatty, Abreellen Brown

Albert L. Elder Jr. Family Memorial Scholarship: Christal Andrews, James Rhine, Jr.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Alpha Lambda Chapter Scholarship: Christopher Graham

Anna Mae Ziencik Hess Memorial Scholarship: James Byrnes, Lori Matsudaira

Brad and Linda Gottfried Against All Odds Annual Scholarship: Kiara Leer

Brad and Linda Gottfried Art Scholarship: Ryan Murray

Brock Nikolas Guerrieri Memorial Scholarship: Brittany Bowen

C. Emmitt Woodey Theatre Scholarship: Kenneth Waters

Calvert Chamber of Commerce Annual Scholarship: Juana Davidson, Kenneth Howard, Gregory Orr

Calvert Chamber of Commerce Endowed Scholarship: Noelle Swann

Calvert County 350th Anniversary Celebration Endowed Scholarship: Sarnair Butler

Castles and Foundations Scholarship: Jordan Alvey, Tiffani Blackwell, Helga Hertlein, Rani Irvin-Brady, Cynthia Murphy

Charles County Nursing and Allied Health Programs Scholarship: Jennifer Beard, Carrie Catalan, Melissa Morgan, Heather Santimays, Jennifer Young

Charles County Woman's Club Scholarship: Laquita Ames

Charles Robert Posten Memorial Scholarship: Florencio Torres

Chiaramonte Hope Scholarship: Jessie Adkins, Brittany Bowen, Christina DeNeale, Rochelle Douglas, Kimberlyn Grant, Henry Harris, Colleen Newsome, Demetra Rice, Lindsey Thurman, Jason Williams

Christopher Chinault Scholarship: Tara Arnold, Carrie Catalan

Coldwell Banker Jay Lilly Real Estate Scholarship for Construction Trades & Industrial Training: Eric Wheeler

Concerned Black Women of Calvert County - Women in Transition Scholarship: Valerie Dowell

Connie Kite Memorial CSM Nursing Scholarship: Valerie Dowell

Country Inn & Suites Hospitality Scholarship: Kristen Smith

Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust Ruth Mathes Scholarship: Lindsey Thurman

CSM Alumni Association Scholarship: Elizabeth LaGoy

CSM Foundation - Realize Your Potential Scholarship: Dillon Banis, Andrew Boone, Dana Brown, Jenna Courville, Wendy Currie, Erica Dispenza, Stephen Dodson, James Hawkins, Rachel Hoffman, Kellee Johnson, Kristen Keefer, LaShonna Patterson, Alisa Roberts, Danea Spriggs, Jordan Stearns, Christina Thompson, Bonnie Warring, Joseph Welch, Ashley Yonek

CSM Foundation Scholarship for Returning Adults: Lahquisha Brooks, Meghan Crout, Cynthia Duck, Nichole Estep, Melissa Fenwick, VonCeal Foote, Kenneth Howard, David Maines, Lori Simpson, Bobby White

CSM Prince Frederick Campus Student Association Scholarship: Shelly Brentlinger

Dennis Lake Smith Memorial Scholarship: Daniel Chaloux, Liza Dalrymple

Dr. Nallan Ramakrishna Scholarship: Anila Howard, Tre Wilburn

Ethelmae M. Lilly Nursing Memorial Scholarship: Tyler Hayden

Fanny Louise Sullivan Sine Henderson: Kristin Herman, Jamie Moore, Angel Young

Gary D. Smith Memorial Scholarship: Annabel Russell

Hank Willoughby Foundation, Inc. Scholarship: Michelle Downs, Pia Evans, Wendy Gray, Michelle Khan, Jennifer Loveless, William Sweeney

Harland and Lula Cravat Scholarship: Nieda Billard, Erin Brown, Shannon Gilroy, Ayana McWillis, Harsh Patel

Helen and Henry Lawlor Scholarship: Joseph Beard, Mandi Ransome

Helen and Mickey Todd Scholarship: Carrie Catalan, Farrah Proctor-Darbo, Ayanna Surratte

Home Towne Real Estate Scholarship: Sarnair Butler, James Eppley, Amanda Foster, Oscar Navarro, Cory Russell, Deveraux Smith, Tytiana Thomas

Jack Love Sprague Scholarship: Elizabeth Gaston

James C. Mitchell Nursing Scholarship: Crystal Garner, Melissa Morgan

Jane Hale Sypher Scholarship: Tikisha Hall, Ann Jenkins, Katie Wathen

Jaye S. Ives Freedom Scholarship: Denise Collins

Jerome A. Zanelotti, Sr. Memorial Scholarship: Jeremy Hunter

Joanne Zwick Nursing Scholarship: Natasha Terry

Joseph F. Rice & Mae Irene Fauth Memorial Scholarship: Emily Brooks

Joseph H. Morton Memorial Fund for Construction Trades and Industrial Training Scholarship: Ronald Griffin

Joseph W. Patak Annual Memorial Scholarship: Ajibade Adedoja, Hailey Allen, Sara Farahani, Nikki Fasula-Conklin, Zakary Monin

Kavetsky Family Foundation Endowed Scholarship: Robert Gomez

L.K. Farrall III Memorial Scholarship: Diamone Hailstock-Williams, Lena Sciarratta, Alaina Wall, Keishla Williams, Sherwannah Young

La Plata Lions Club/Milton M. Somers Scholarship: Matthew Bellerose, Alysha Goldsmith, Tyler Lee, Shanara Lucas, Carly Wedding

LaVerda Francis and Richard Blair Scholarship: Christopher Graham, Alison Meador, Emily Quade

Louis P. Jenkins, Sr. Endowment Scholarship: Melissa Lauber, Markel Saunders, Heather Thomas

Marguerite Cox Family Memorial Scholarship: Marquita Chambers, Sean Frost

Maurice J. McDonough Scholarship: Nicholas Bears, Portia Collins, Brandi Dade, Kelly Dingess, Rochelle Douglas, Kiera Evans, Carley Flowers, Chad Goodrich, Andrea Muschette, Petra Ruffin, Rebecca Stone, Jamie Willett

McNelis Family Scholarship: Monica Jones

McWilliams Family Endowed Scholarship: Erin Lanham

Neale Chaney Slater Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Elizabeth Jenkins, Lenyk Scott

NRL Federal Credit Union - Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Strikeout Scholarship: Brian Linder

NRL Federal Credit Union Scholarship: Candice Cook

Nu Zeta Omega Scholarship of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.: Amanda Barber, Jtrenee Bryant, Brittany Hall

Old Line Bank Business Program Annual Scholarship: Kimberly Bailey, Alexander Colaciello, James Day, Raymond Drayer, Sarah Farmer, NeShea Jenifer, Dakota Johnson, Solimar Rivera, Carla Swann, Jessica Wonneman

Patty Schwier and Norma LeFleur Scholarship: Keirstynn Romero-Willie

Professor Debra L. Wyvill Teacher Education Scholarship: Megan Alexander

Rebekah Compton Boone and Vivian Bounds Edelen Scholarship: Lauren Kogok

Russell Gordon Croft Endowed Scholarship: Rachel Eaton, Brittany Fallin, Grant Homan, Alexis Proctor, Brittany Young

St. Mary's County Government Endowed Scholarship: Kimberly Dubinsky, Ann Jenkins, Leonard Valley, Audra West, Lauren Young

St. Mary's County Government Health/Medical Scholarship: Denise Collins, Dawn Drury, Elizabeth Gaston, Corey Hayden, Tyler Hayden, Lindsay Herington, Shelby Jacobs, Carlos Jelinek, Erica Kittrell, Alexandra Knott, Danielle Niblett, Sarah Oakley, Michael Rice, Yhamira Santiago, Sunny Schemery, Miranda Stauffer, Molly Stine, Christina Terry, Natasha Terry, Bryant Thomas

Sidney John Francis Waugh, Sr. Memorial Scholarship: Grant Homan

Southern Maryland Women's League Scholarship: Kellee Johnson, Monica Jones, Natasha Terry

Susan N. Behmke Legacy Scholarship: Melissa Sager

Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Scholarship: Daniel Ledbetter

The Arc of Southern Maryland Communication/Media Studies Scholarship: Annabel Russell

The Arc of Southern Maryland Nursing Scholarship: Pamela Douglas

Thomas F. Goldsmith, III Endowed Scholarship: Jennifer Street, Jamie Willett

Thomas J. Murray Memorial Scholarship: Crystal Leon

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Scholarship: Joanna Espiritu, Helga Hertlein, Timothy Hodge, Ashley Saldana

Tri-County 40 and 8 Nursing Scholarship: Angela Pedone

Tri-County Maryland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship: Anastasia Saldana

Veterans Educational Endowed Scholarship: Chad Goodrich

Virginia B. Darrow Memorial CSM Nursing Scholarship: Kristen Mills

Walter B. Grove II Memorial Scholarship: Ashley Saldana

Western Charles County Community Association, Inc. Scholarship: James Linkous

WFA Cancer Survivors and Friends Cancer Scholarship: Melissa Sager

Wigberto "Willie" Martinez, Jr. Memorial Scholarship: Doralee Kusztos

William D. Bauer Memorial Pre-Engineering Scholarship: Viviana Diaz

Zonta RAVE Walk Scholarship in Memory of Gayle A. Cooke: Four scholarships awarded

For information on contributing or creating a scholarship at the college, visit http://www.csmd.edu/foundation/.

To see a complete listing of scholarships, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Financial/awards.html.

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