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Back to school with a little help from their friends

Greenspring, Riderwood award thousands of dollars to employee scholarship funds

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August 24th, 2009

This fall, 68 college freshmen will begin their journeys through the hallowed halls of learning thanks to the generous support of those at Greenspring and Riderwood. Through what is known as the Scholars Fund, Greenspring and Riderwood residents are able to support student staff members as they continue their formal post-secondary education through a provision of up to $6,000 for college, trade, or vocational certificate programs. Scholarship winners each worked at least 1,000 hours as servers in the various restaurants at Greenspring and Riderwood while maintaining good grades. Once accepted to the college or trade school of their choice, they are eligible for a stipend of up to $1,500 a year for four years. Help needed In these difficult economic times, I m very happy about the scholarship, says Riderwood student employee Ramata Sillah, a graduate of High Point High School who will major in nursing this fall. It helps me and my family. The Scholars Fund is supported by generous gifts from community members and staff . Since tips are not accepted at any of the on-campus restaurants, many residents find the Scholars Fund an alternate way of showing gratitude to the student servers. Both Greenspring and Riderwood s scholarship programs are almost as old as the campuses themselves; for the last ten and seven years respectively, generous donations from community members have added up to more than one million dollars. In addition, a new award, the Jessica Doubleday Memorial Scholarship totaling $1,400 was presented to Greenspring employee Deena Beshir, a graduate of Lee High School. The scholarship was established in memory of Jessica Doubleday, a young Greenspring employee who died last summer in an automobile accident. Memorable contributions ' These students go beyond customer service, actually developing relationships within the community, says Greenspring Director of Philanthropy Kimberly Nelson. As the residents many of whom were educators watch the students mature both personally and professionally, they become vested in their futures. Supporting the scholars with their voluntary contributions provides a way for members of the Greenspring community to exercise their philanthropic spirit in a way that is personally meaningful. Maria Aguilar, a 2008 scholarship recipient, recognizes the importance of these awards. Aguilar began her employment as a server in Riderwood s Windsor Restaurant as a High Point High School freshman in 2005. Today, she is a supervisor in the Windsor Restaurant and recently completed her first year at Howard County Community College. The residents make it all worthwhile, she says. The scholarship has helped me in so many ways which is a big reason for my commitment to working at this wonderful community. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Honor Roll

Receiving scholarships for their exemplary work ethics, the 2009 scholarship winners attended the following public and private high schools: Prince George s County

  • High Point High School (22 student scholars the largest of any high school)
  • Parkdale High School (1 student scholar)
  • Charles Herbert Flowers High School (1 student scholar)
  • DeMatha Catholic High School (1 student scholar)

Montgomery County

  • Paint Branch High School (7 student scholars)
  • Sherwood High School (1 student scholar)
  • Montgomery Blair High School (1 student scholar)
  • James Hubert Blake High School (5 student scholars)
  • Springbrook High School (6 student scholars)
  • John F. Kennedy High School (1 student scholar)
  • Takoma Academy (2 student scholars)
  • Washington Christian Academy (1 student scholar)

Fairfax County

  • Robert E. Lee High School (5 student scholars)
  • Fairfax High School (1 student scholar)
  • Hayfield Secondary School (3 student scholars)
  • West Springfield High School (3 student scholars)
  • Lake Braddock High School (1 student scholar)
  • Annandale High School (2 student scholars)
  • West Potomac High School (1 student scholar)
  • South County Secondary School (1 student scholar)
  • Thomas A. Edison High School (2 student scholars)