Ben Carson Scholars recognized
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 Murdoch.