Greenspring to Distribute Over $320,000 in Scholarships to Local High School Seniors

Annual Scholars Awards Ceremony will be held at Greenspring on Wednesday, May 21

(Springfield, Va.) - On Wednesday, May 21, Greenspring will host family, friends, residents, staff, and local school officials at the annual Scholars Awards Ceremony.  At the event this year, thirty-two local seniors will be recognized as 2014 candidates for $10,000 scholarships from the community.  In 1999, Greenspring established a Scholars' Fund which provides scholarships to local high school students who have worked in various dining services capacities at the retirement community; in addition to receiving a wage, students may be eligible for scholarships paid directly to the college or professional school of each student's choice.  The scholarships are presented in an effort to reward exemplary students who have shown a commitment to serving the Greenspring community and its residents. This year, residents, resident clubs, and staff members at Greenspring donated $320,000 to the Greenspring Scholars' Fund.   This is the second year that students are eligible for $10,000 scholarships; five years ago, the scholarship amount was increased from $4000 to $6000 per student, and again increased to $10,000 in 2013.  Since the establishment of the Scholars' Fund at Greenspring, the community has come together to raise over $2 million and has distributed 170 student scholarships.  Students who are eligible for the scholarship must have worked at least 1000 hours at the community during their junior and senior years of high school.  They must have achieved satisfactory grades and have maintained a disciplinary record free of adverse actions at their high school.  Eligible students must be planning to attend college or trade school full time in the fall of 2014.  If a student still meets the criteria for the scholarship after final grades are submitted, Greenspring will send the scholarship funds directly to each college or professional school each semester. Additionally, three students will receive donor-designated scholarships from the Steve and Renie Guback Scholarship ($5000), the Kathryn Coleman Scholarship ($3000), and the Victor N. Coleman Scholarship ($2000).  These three scholarships are part of the Greenspring Scholars' Fund endowment and will be awarded in future years, as well. About Greenspring: Greenspring is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of whom reside in over 1400 independent living apartment homes.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.