Solar farm developer awards scholarships to Caroline graduates
— Open Road Renewables, developer of the Cherrywood Solar project under development near Greensboro, awarded four Caroline County high school graduates with $2,500 merit-based scholarships.
The collegians are North Caroline High School graduates Trent Nier who attends Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Tess Stutzman, a freshman at Messiah College.
Colonel Richardson High School’s Emily Mank who attends Florida State University and Tyler Smith, a freshman at Salisbury University, also received scholarships.
These are the first awards issued under the new Open Road Renewable Cherrywood Solar Scholarship, a scholarship program entered into with Caroline County Public Schools that will last for the life of the Cherrywood Solar project should it proceed to construction. Once operational, Cherrywood Solar is expected to remain in operation for up to forty years.
The awards were made after a competitive process that resulted in a dozen applications. “These students represent the best of the best in Caroline County,” said Cyrus , president of Open Road Renewable. “We are proud to enter into this partnership with Caroline County Public Schools and to support these incredible students as they embark on the next phase of their education.
“We hope to be able to issue similar scholarships to Caroline County students for many years to come,” Tashakkori said.
“In today’s evolving education environment, collaboration with community partners becomes increasingly important,” said Patricia Saelens, superintendent of Caroline County Public Schools. “The Open Road Renewable Scholarship could potentially provide up to $400,000 over the life of the program to support Caroline County’s students’ education, and we are excited to see this partnership mature.”
Open Road Renewables is a privately held developer of solar farms throughout the mid-Atlantic. Open Road partners with farmers, landowners, and local communities to craft responsibly-designed solar farms that benefit local communities and their environment. Open Road’s team has been active in the Maryland solar industry for more than eight years and has been investing in Caroline County Maryland since 2015. Find out more about Open Road Renewables at www.openroadrenewables.com.
North Caroline High graduate Tess Stutzman is a freshman at Messiah College.
North Caroline High School 2018 Co-Valedictorian Trent Nier receives his diploma from Principal Dr. Michael Smith at graduation Thursday, June 7. Nier received early admission to Virginia Tech’s engineering program where he will be studying to be an engineer.
Colonel Richardson Valedictorian Emily Mank laughs during the graduation ceremony Wednesday, June 6. She attends Florida State University.
Colonel Richardson High graduate Tyler Smith attends Salisbury University.