For the 11th year, the College of Southern Maryland Foundation and the Charles County Greater Waldorf Jaycees invested in the futures of students attending CSM. This year a total of $72,500 was awarded to 33 students with outstanding community service potential who are attending CSM for the 2010-2011 academic year. Students and donors who made the scholarships possible were recognized during the 11th annual Scholarship Awards Reception at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in June.
The Greater Waldorf Jaycees Government Liaison Jaycees Kevin Wedding and Community Liaison Suzanne Wible joined with CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried and Foundation Chair Greg Cockerham to present 20 new awards and 13 scholarship renewals to students representing the six Charles County high schools.
Recipients selected met criteria set by the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Foundation, including overall academic achievement, financial need and clear demonstration of community leadership.
Students receiving the Jaycees scholarship for a second year had maintained a cumulative 2.5 grade point average (GPA) during their freshman year at CSM. One of this years scholarships renewals was sophomore Elizabeth Boggs, of Bel Alton, who said, The scholarship really helped with the cost of my books and school costs overall. Boggs wants to transfer to University of Maryland Baltimore County or Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to continue her education in engineering.
Sophomore Michael Rhoades, of Waldorf, had the highest GPA among the returning students and received an additional $1,000 award from the Jaycees to commend his hard work this year. Its good to be back. Its a blessing covering most of my college fees. You know, its not easy paying for college these days so [the scholarship] is a great way to start off with the support of the Jaycees, he said. Rhoades plans to continue his education in finance at Stevenson or Towson University.
Whenever we get the chance to celebrate student success, its truly exciting, said Gottfried. Ive lived in so many areas and Ive never seen another organization like [the Jaycees], who, he added, have helped numerous individuals for more than 40 years, and show no sign of slowing down.
For information on the CSM Foundation, visit www.csmd.edu/Foundation or call 301-934-7636, 240-725-5499, 443-550-6199 or 301-870-2309 Ext. 7636.