College of Southern Maryland students gathered Oct. 21 to meet and say thanks to members of the community whose generosity and support is helping them fulfill their dreams. The students, who have received scholarships through the CSM Foundation, are pursuing associates degrees and also non-credit certifications in the trades.
Attending the scholarship reception is one of the most heartwarming experiences I've had. It really felt like family, said CSM Board of Trustees Member Lois DiNatale. Our alums talk about how getting a scholarship has made a difference to them, and every single one of the scholarship recipients was very thankful, but each one also said how they looked forward to being able to give back to the college in the future. It's a legacy-building ceremony.
For the 2012-13 academic year, the CSM Foundation, the fundraising arm of the college, presented more than 200 students with $175,900 in scholarships during this years reception.
Our scholarship recipients come from all walks of lifefrom teenagers to seniorsrepresenting all degree programs and socio-economic backgrounds. The one thing they all have in common is their desire to advance their knowledge by attending CSM, said CSM Director of Development Martina Arnold. Our donors also come from all walks of life. Some have a passion for their career field and create a scholarship to help the next generation learn their profession. Others create scholarships in honor or memory of a loved one. All are special to the college and our students.
The foundation manages more than 100 scholarships, adding 23 new scholarships this year alone.
CSM students receiving scholarships, included:
2012-13 Foundation Scholarships
Adjunct Faculty Scholarship
Albert L. Elder, Jr. Family Memorial Scholarship
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Alpha Lambda Chapter Scholarship
Anna Mae Ziencik Hess Memorial Scholarship
Brad and Linda Gottfried Against All Odds Annual Scholarship
Brock Nikolas Guerrieri Memorial Scholarship Fund
C. Emmitt Woodey Theatre Scholarship Fund
Calvert Chamber of Commerce Annual Scholarship
Calvert Chamber of Commerce Endowment Fund Scholarship
Calvert County 350th Anniversary Celebration Scholarship Endowment Fund
Castles & Foundations Scholarship
Charles County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship
Charles County Woman's Club Scholarship
Chiaramonte Hope Scholarship Fund
Billi Jo Wickstrand
Christopher Chinault Scholarship Fund
Coldwell Banker Jay Lilly Real Estate Scholarship for Construction Trades and Industrial Training Annual Scholarship
Connie Kite Memorial CSM Nursing Scholarship
Country Inn & Suites Hospitality Scholarship
CSM Alumni Association Scholarship
CSM Foundation Realize Your Potential Scholarship
CSM Foundation Scholarship for Returning Adults
CSM Prince Frederick Campus Student Association Scholarship
Dennis Lake Smith Memorial Art Scholarship