Ce­cil Col­lege stu­dent wins statewide schol­ar­ship

Cecil Whig - - EDUCATION - SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG by stag­ing his and him­self in front of the blue elk statue on the cor­ner of Bridge Street and Main Street in Elk­ton. They are wear­ing Mary­land-themed ap­parel that in­cluded even Mary­land state flag socks. Their win­ning cap­tion was, “Tha

— 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

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