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Submitted photoDave Tatman, left and John Holmes, members of the Harry White Wilmer Sons of the American Legion Squadron 82, present Kristin Qualters with the 2009 Sons of the American Legion Squadron 82 Veterans Memorial Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship is given annually to a graduating senior from La Plata High School.
Charlotte Hall School scholarships
Even though Charlotte Hall School closed its doors in 1976, its effect on education is still being felt. The famous old Southern Maryland institution had its beginning in 1774, before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
The school prepared many graduates for illustrious careers over two centuries, according to a press release.
During its years of activity, the school was the recipient of bequests designated for scholarships.
After the school's closing, funds from the bequests were managed by the school's board of trustees, which is still active.
Each year students from high schools in St. Mary's and Charles counties are awarded scholarships to attend the college of their choice.
Applications are forwarded by the school guidance counselors or principals to a committee of trustees and selections are made on the basis of an interview, academic achievement and extracurricular activities.
The 2009 scholarships winners from Charles County are Lonnita L. Belk and Lauren R. Wathen of La Plata High School; Marquis A. Lewis and Abigail M. Willett of Henry E. Lackey High School; Diane J. Berringer and Samuel E. Smoot of Maurice J. McDonough High School; Jonathan R. Keller and Kelsey L. Pearson of North Point High School; Jessica E. Gause and Nicole A. Snead of Thomas Stone High School; and Shawn M. Worob and Rachel R. Zaccarelli of Westlake High School. Photos of Lewis and Worob were not submitted.
Charles County Foundation Award scholarships
The Colonial Agricultural Educational Foundation Inc. recently selected the recipients of its 2009 scholarship program, including six Charles County residents.
Scholarships totaling $58,500.00 will be awarded to two organizations and 84 students residing in central and eastern Virginia and Southern Maryland.
Geralyn Marie Adams of Henry E. Lackey High School, won the D. Wayne St. Clair Memorial Endowment.
She will attend State University of New York.
Molly Anne Hancock, a 2007 graduate of La Plata High School, won the Joseph Michael Murphy Memorial Endowment.
She will be attending the University of Maryland.
Jeanne Carol Herbert of La Plata High School won the Charles Neal Boyden Memorial Endowment.
She will be attending the College of Southern Maryland.
Jonathan Douglas Matteson of La Plata High School, won the D. Wayne St. Clair Memorial Endowment.
He will be attending the Pennsylvania State.
Amyra Menee Meredith of Lackey won the Susan Colleen and Miranda Louise Bushey Memorial Endowment.
She will be attending Lincoln Technical Institute.
Laura Maureen Snow a 2008 graduate from Lackey, won the Larry E. Luttrell Jr. Memorial Endowment.
She will be attending Virginia Tech.
The foundation was established by Colonial Farm Credit in 1990 to promote education and community enrichment through educational scholarships and support of programs and services offered by community organizations.
Scholarships are awarded to individuals who exhibit an aptitude for learning and a desire for self-improvement through education.
Six county scholars receive MSDE awards
The Maryland State Department of Education recently named 143 Robert C. Byrd honors scholars for 2009, including six from Charles County.
Simon Jerome of Thomas Stone High School, Peter Marquis of North Point High School, Jordan Stephenson of Maurice J. McDonough High School, Jacquelyn Blake-Hedges of St. Mary's Ryken High School, Victoria Weiss of La Plata High School and Tiphanie Gammon of Westlake High School.
Each will receive a four-year scholarship worth up to $1,500 per year, to be used for undergraduate study at any institution of higher education based on cost of attendance. The scholars were chosen from more than 600 nominees made by public and private high school principals, as well as from home schooling entities, from across the state.
"Maryland has the great fortune of having scores of talented young people at our high schools, and this program gives us a chance to celebrate their incredible accomplishments," said Dr. Nancy S. Grasmick, state superintendent of schools, in a press release.
"This program provides important financial help as our students prepare to further their education."
Scholars were named in all 24 public school systems, as well as at private schools.