CATONSVILLE, MD (April 1, 2016) -- Forty-one Scholar Candidates have been accepted into the Charlestown retirement community's Scholarship Program for 2016, which is an increase of 28 students from last year.
To be eligible for a scholarship, the students (seen in attached photo) employed in the Dining Services Department must work a minimum of 1,000 hours between their junior and senior years of high school, build positive relationships with residents and maintain a strong work record while employed at Charlestown.
The Charlestown Scholars Program, funded mainly by resident contributions, raised more $150,000 last year in its spring campaign. Since its inception the Charlestown Scholars Program has raised more than $2.3 million, assisting over 1,200 students to advance their collegiate careers.
The Charlestown Scholars Program awards special scholarships as noted below:
The Dr. L Carroll Yingling, Jr. Scholarship initiated in 2015 was a tribute to the husband of Phyllis Yingling. Dr. Yingling was a retired United Methodist Church minister and former superintendent of the Baltimore Northwest District. He served on the Charlestown Board of Directors for 23 years. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Duke University and the Wesley Theological Seminary, Dr. Yingling knew the importance of education. To continue his legacy, this scholarship awards a student an additional $1,000 to assist with college tuition.
The Ruth Harden Inglis Scholarship Award originated with a designated contribution to the campaign for the specific purpose of encouraging applicants to pursue a degree in teaching. The student awarded this scholarship will receive an additional $750
The Virginia Niccolai Scholarship was established in honor of a 13-year resident of Charlestown, who enjoyed a 40-year career in education. As an artist and educator, Virginia assisted many young folks in pursuing their passion for the arts. To honor her memory, her family established a scholarship, which will award an additional $1,000 to a student pursuing a degree in teaching.
Scholarships will be awarded Wednesday, May 18, at a Scholars' Ceremony, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Conference Center.