Paint Branch Educational Foundation Awards $3,500 in Scholarships to Seniors
The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation awarded seven $500.00 scholarships to Paint Branch Seniors this spring to be applied to the college of their choice. One of the scholarships was funded by FlexEl, LLC. The students who won the scholarships are:
- Robert Rhoads, Jr. – Towson University
- Kenneth (KC) Hill – Salisbury University
- Matthew Mai – University of Maryland, College Park
- Jordan Pelton – University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (FlexEl, LLC scholarship)
- Christopher Skipper – Virginia Tech
- Prabhleen Aneja – University of Maryland, College Park
- Zanib Aslam – Montgomery College
Students were asked to write an essay around the theme of “In recognition of the fact that 2013 is the 50th Anniversary of two historic events – the assassination of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, we present the following two quotes from these great men: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” President John F. Kennedy: “We can help make the world safe for diversity. For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”” Student responses were to interpret and relate the quote to their educational future and adult life.
From the initial group of essays, the Board of Directors selected the top nine. Interviews were then held with the top candidates and seven students were selected. The scholarships were presented to the students at the Academic Awards night held at Paint Branch High School.