Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients! We celebrated our new scholars with a packed house reception at the Vollmer Visitor Center inside of the Cylburn Arboretum. Click here to see a list of all 2014 scholarship recipients.
Our student speaker this year, Shaquil Timmons, shared his story of growing up around friends and adults who did not expect him to be successful because of his background. Nonetheless, he graduated from Woodlawn High School, and then Stevenson University this past spring and launched an entertainment company. We were also thrilled that Senator Barbara Mikulski delivered a letter to be read at the awards ceremony congratulating Central Scholarship students. She writes, “Congratulations to all of this evening’s scholarship winners. You have prevailed over many other candidates for this award and have worked long and hard to earn this coveted distinction. What a stunning affirmation to your commitment to academic excellence and motivation to succeed. Enjoy your place in the spotlight. I know your family and friends are very proud of you and so am I.”
We also heard keynote Danielle DiFerdinando speak about heading a successful handbag company at the young age of twenty seven. Danielle spoke of her rise from Ellicott City, Maryland to New York City where she is currently running Danielle Nicole, a company that has received national attention from celebrities like Rachel Zoe and Oprah. At the conclusion of the ceremony, we surprised Brett Libowitz with the grand prize College Cash scholarship sponsored by Howard County General Hospital. Brett wrote an exemplary essay about what he learned from our College Cash seminar in January.
We are thrilled to award scholarships to students in our 90th year of service to the community. We thank our students for being hardworking achievers and we thank our loyal donors for their continued generous support.