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Generosity knows no bounds

Greenspring student scholarships increase by 166%

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July 23rd, 2013
Greenspring student scholarships increase by 166%

Since 1999, generous community members at Greenspring, an Erickson Living community in Springfield, Va., have recognized the higher educational pursuits of their student employees through the establishment of a scholars fund. To date, the community has raised nearly $1.5 million for student scholarships. This year, a remarkable $200,000 was donated to the scholars fund by community members, resident clubs, and staff members at Greenspring. As a result of these generous efforts, the scholarship amount was raised from $6,000 to $10,000, an impressive 166% increase. The scholarship will seriously help further my college education and my financial future, says Brett Nelson, a senior at Robert E. Lee High School and one of this year s 20 scholarship recipients. It will relieve a lot of stress throughout my college career. This month, Brett will begin his studies at Christopher Newport University, in Newport News.

Dedication pays off

All of this year s recipients worked at least 1,000 hours during their junior and senior years of high school in various dining service capacities at Greenspring. In order to receive the scholarship funds, the students must attend college or trade school full-time this fall. The scholarships will be sent directly to the college or professional school of their choice. Recently, the Greenspring scholarship recipients were honored with a community-wide celebration. Mark Greenfelder, principal at West Springfield High School, and Delegate Vivian Watts (D-39th) recognized the student staff. I can t believe the number of students being honored and the amount they were being honored with, says Greenfelder. They [Greenspring community members] know from life experience what is there when you open the college door, says Watts, who also expressed appreciation to those who made the scholarships possible. Thank you to all who have generously supported this program. It is most impressive.

All in the family

One of this year s winners, Tracy Tranchi, appreciates the generosity and spirit of the Greenspring community. Her father, Daniel Tranchi, LPN, works at the community. At first I wanted to work at Greenspring because my dad works here, says Tracy. Now I see why he enjoys his job so much. I have loved getting to know the residents. They are all kind and heart-warming. This scholarship will help my family financially and allow me to follow my dream of becoming a pharmacist, she adds. Working toward this scholarship has also taught me the importance of time management and seizing opportunities available to me. Tracy recently began her pharmacology studies at Northern Virginia Community College.

New opportunity

In addition to the scholars fund awards, this year a new scholarship, The Steve and Renie Guback Scholarship, was presented to a student in a field of study focusing on a major or minor in communications, including but not limited to, the fields of journalism and public relations. A former award-winning sportswriter withThe Washington Evening Star, Steve Guback has lived at Greenspring since 2009. As a college student at Indiana University at Bloomington, he was awarded the Ernie Pyle Scholarship. That scholarship helped launch my career as a sportswriter, says Steve. I realize how much that helped me, so I ve always tried to repay that back. Each year, the $5,000 scholarship is presented to a full-time student who is a rising college freshman, an undergraduate, or a graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The recipient will be required to perform 150 hours of volunteer service at Greenspring s Channel 6 television studio learning a variety of skills, including manning a video camera, hosting and narrating programs, learning how to edit, and gaining experience being on camera. This year, Matthew Kaufax received The Steve and Renie Guback Scholarship. He is a graduating senior of Thomas A. Edison High School. Matthew recently accepted his offer of admission to attend the SI Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, hoping to follow in the footsteps of alumni Bob Costas, Steve Kroft, and Dick Clark. He is setting the bar awfully high, and I believe he will carry on the name extremely well, says Steve.

Off to the hallowed halls

As the scholarship recipients embark on a new phase in their young adult lives, they are thankful to the Greenspring community members whose generosity helps them reach their goals. The best part of my job is interacting with the residents, says Mayra Cruz, who will attend Northern Virginia Community College this fall. I love talking to the residents and getting to know them better. This scholarship will help me pay for school and provide me the chance to follow my dreams. I want to thank everyone for all their support. I am very thankful for this opportunity. 2013 Greenspring Scholars Junaid Ahmed: Robert E. Lee High School Mariam Bayat: Robert E. Lee High School Valeria Barco Saenz: Woodbridge Senior High School Heran Beniam: Hayfield Secondary School Shaniqua Burhans: West Springfield High School Jesle Choi: South County High School Mayra Cruz: Robert E. Lee High School Michelle Jose: Robert E. Lee High School Brett Nelson: Robert E. Lee High School Jessica Oo: Lake Braddock High School Sudhanshu Patyal: Hayfield Secondary School Alex Pinto: South County High School Kenneth Roland: Robert E. Lee High School Salem Solomon: Robert E. Lee High School Meronne Teklu: West Springfield High School Tracy Tranchi: West Springfield High School Saurabh Verma: Hayfield Secondary School Meley Woldetatios: Robert E. Lee High School Mercedes Zettlemayer: West Springfield High School Zhou Zhou: Lake Braddock High School