Paint Branch Educational Foundation


Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $4,500 in Scholarships to Seniors

The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation awarded eight scholarships to Paint Branch Seniors totaling $4,500.00 to be applied to the college or technical school of their choice.

The Educational Foundation awarded six $500 Educational Foundation Scholarships. One $500 Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship was also awarded and sponsored by the Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship Fund. Also awarded was the third Jeanette E. Dixon Scholarship for $1000.00 sponsored by the Paint Branch Athletic Association. This scholarship was offered this year in honor of former principal, Jeanette Dixon, who retired in 2013. The winning student-athlete earned at least one varsity letter, was academically successful in the classroom and demonstrated leadership skills at school or in the community.

The seniors who won the scholarships are:

Paint Branch HS Educational Foundation Scholarships:

  • Brett Jones, American University
  • Calvin Sempebwa, Morehouse College
  • Melanie D. Doan, Florida Atlantic University
  • Jessika A. Agyepong, Spelman College
  • Aaron Kassman, Syracuse University
  • Ifechukwude Nwando Arah, University of Maryland, College Park

Mildred Berry Ziegler Scholarship:

  • Caitlin McBride, Johns Hopkins University

Jeanette Dixon Scholarship:

  • Jared Belke, University of Maryland, College Park

All students were asked to write a 500 word essay interpreting and reacting to a quote from American essayist, poet and leader of the Transcendentalist movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote resonated with the Educational Foundation Board Members because it contrasts our inner selves against the things we do in life. Students were asked to interpret the above quote and relate it to their time here at Paint Branch High School as well as to their educational future.

From the initial group of applications, the Board of Directors selected the top thirteen applicants to interview. Interviews were then held and the eight scholarship winners were selected. The scholarships were presented to the students at the Academic Awards night held at Paint Branch High School in May 2016.