Cecil College student wins statewide scholarship
— There are many ways to earn a scholarship as Cecil College freshman Grant Handley proved when he submitted an entry to the Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week Contest this past summer. Handley’s quick thinking and sharp wit put him in the spotlight recently when he was awarded a $2,500 scholarship during a ceremony in the lobby of the Milburn Stone Theatre, located on the North East campus of Cecil College.
Presenting the official scholarship to Handley was Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, Cecil College President Mary Way Bolt, and Legislative and Membership Director for the Maryland Retailers Association Maddy Voytek.
“The social media presence and interest Grant and his sister (Gina) generated through the image and humorous caption about saving a buck is what we are honoring here today. You and your sister are shining examples of young people who are going to get educated here, live here, and start a business here in Cecil
County and the state of Maryland,” Franchot said.
Franchot went on to praise the work of community colleges across the state and how Cecil College is a shining example of training a viable workforce.
The Shop Maryland TaxFree Week contest, was launched by the Comptroller’s Office and Maryland Retailers Association back in July to spark interest in the Aug. 12-18 tax-free shopping week through the use of social media. Participants were encouraged to snap a picture or video that incorporates the theme of “Maryland,” write a creative caption and use #shopmdtaxfree during Tax-Free Week to submit an entr y on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
“Grant is an example of the great work our students perform to give back to the community. He inspires others to make Cecil County an exceptional place to live. We, as a college, have been serving students and communities, not only in Cecil County but throughout the region,” Bolt said.
Handley won first prize