Ben Car­son Schol­ars rec­og­nized

The Kent Island Bay Times - - School - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

CENTREVILLE — Car­son Schol­ars from Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools — stu­dents nom­i­nated to re­ceive schol­ar­ship funds through the Car­son Schol­ars Fund, a fund founded by Dr. Ben Car­son and his wife — were named at the May Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing. Two were new, first-time re­cip­i­ents Jackson Park, a seventh-grader at Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School, and Is­abella Rankin, fifth-grade, Gra­sonville Ele­men­tar y.

The $1,000 schol­ar­ship is aimed at cul­ti­vat­ing fu­ture lead­ers, who are aca­dem­i­cally tal­ented and so­cially con­scious. These stu­dents are rec­og­nized for out­stand­ing aca­demics and hu­man­i­tar­ian qual­ity and all have a GPA ex­ceed­ing 3.75, said In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Pilewski.

Thir­teen re­turn­ing schol­ars from QACPS re­newed their scholar sta­tus by main­tain­ing high aca­demic stan­dards and dis­play­ing con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to their com­mu­nity.

They are: Con­ner Allen, grade 12, Queen Anne’s County High; Molly Con­nelly, grade 10, Kent Is­land High; Celina Kauf­man, grade 10, KIHS; Alexan­dra Kil­groe, grade 12 KIHS; Collin McCracken, grade 7, Matea­peake Mid­dle; Ruth Mur­doch, grade 11, QACHS; Grace Park, grade 11, QACHS; Emma Peter­son, grade 11 QACHS; Sky­lar Po­draza, grade 9, KIHS; Wil­low Po­draza, grade 12, KIHS; Caden Schulte, grade 6, MMS; Allyson Swei­derk, grade 11, KIHS; and Kerry VanRees, grade 10, KIHS.

An in­ter­ested stu­dent must be nom­i­nated by an ed­u­ca­tor at his or her school to be able to com­pete for a Car­son Schol­ar­ship. Ac­cord­ing to the Car­son Schol­ars Fund, schol­ar­ships are awarded solely on the ba­sis of aca­demic achieve­ment and hu­man­i­tar­ian qual­i­ties, with­out re­gard to fi­nan­cial need, eth­nic­ity, creed or reli­gion.

More than 500 schol­ar­ships are awarded an­nu­ally to stu­dents all across the coun­try, and award win­ners cur­rently rep­re­sent all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Car­son Schol­ar­ship win­ners have at­tended more than 500 col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, and have re­ceived more than $4.7 mil­lion in schol­ar­ship funds to help fi­nance their ed­u­ca­tion.


Car­son Schol­ars rec­og­nized at the May Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing in Centreville with board mem­bers and In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Gre­gory Pilewski, are, from left, Collin McCracken, Is­abella Rankin, Jackson Park, Sky­lar Po­draza, Wil­low Po­draza and Ruth...

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