CSM Students are Big Winners as Greater Waldorf Jaycees Commit to $300,000 in Scholarships, Assistance

Greater Waldorf Jaycee Kevin Wedding

Pledging $300,000 for students pursuing higher education at the College of Southern Maryland, the Greater Waldorf Jaycees are among the CSM Foundation’s lead gift donors in its “Campaign For the Next 50 Years.”

Since 2000, the Jaycees with the CSM Foundation have provided more than $528,000 in scholarships to CSM students. The Jaycees’ latest commitment will continue to provide annual scholarships of up to $50,000 to be matched by the CSM Foundation as well as an additional $10,000 a year for the Jaycees’ Student Assistance Program.

“The college considers the Greater Waldorf Jaycees among its strongest advocates for our students in higher education,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. “They were our partners in helping to build the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center here at the La Plata Campus, and they provide funding to help provide student assistance through an emergency funding program. The Jaycees’ sustained commitment will ensure access and success for students who otherwise may not have a shot at a college education.”

In announcing this partnership with the college during the launch of its $5-million campaign, Greater Waldorf Jaycee and 1986 CSM alum Kevin Wedding said, “It is our equal partnership with the CSM Foundation that has allowed us to provide more than $528,000 in scholarships since 2000. The Jaycee philosophy is to provide funding to assist the B students in our high schools, those students who work hard, play by the rules, and contribute to their communities. They recognize a need and take action—the student who consistently averages between A-minus and B-minus.”

Students eligible for the initial scholarship must be graduating high school seniors from any Charles County public high school and a resident of the county for at least one year. The scholarship is renewable for a second year, depending on the financial need of the student.

Additionally the Greater Waldorf Jaycees will provide $10,000 a year for the Jaycees’ Student Assistance Program. These funds will help students who demonstrate financial need and distress once they are enrolled at CSM, explained Michelle Goodwin, CSM’s vice president for advancement. These funds may be used to purchase books, supplies, materials or other student-related need.

The College of Southern Maryland Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization governed by a corporate board of directors. Established in 1970, the mission of the Foundation is to promote academic excellence, growth, progress, and the general welfare of the college. The Foundation raises and manages funds, and provides support to strengthen and develop the college, and its objectives.

CSM, founded in 1958, is the fifth largest community college in Maryland and grown to be the centerpiece of Southern Maryland with campuses in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties and more than 21,000 annual enrollments. For information about CSM’s “Campaign for the Next 50 Years,” call 301-934-7604 or 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7604 or visit www.csmd.edu/foundation.