So­lar farm devel­oper awards schol­ar­ships to Caro­line grad­u­ates

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— 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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Caro­line High grad­u­ate Tess Stutz­man is a fresh­man at Mes­siah Col­lege.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son Vale­dic­to­rian Emily Mank laughs dur­ing the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony Wed­nes­day, June 6. She at­tends Florida State Univer­sity.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son High grad­u­ate Tyler Smith at­tends Sal­is­bury Univer­sity.

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