Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation Awards $5,000 in Scholarships to Seniors
The Paint Branch High School Educational Foundation awarded ten scholarships to Paint Branch Seniors totaling $5,000.00 to be applied to the college or technical school of their choice.
The Educational Foundation awarded nine $500 Educational Foundation Scholarships. Also awarded was an Athletic Association Scholarship for $500.00 sponsored by the Paint Branch High School Athletic Association. 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:
- Maryam Abdur-Rahman, Montgomery College
- Steven Anderson, University of Maryland, College Park
- Davina Anyanwu, Towson University
- Kelsie Challenger, University of Maryland, College Park
- Glenn Jones, Jr., North Carolina A&T State University
- Annabel Lee, University of Maryland, College Park
- Sara Morgan, Howard Community College
- Ayibatari Owei, Smith College
- Abdul Samateh, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Paint Branch High School Athletic Association Scholarship:
- Evan Burgess, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
All students were asked to write a 500 word essay interpreting and reacting to a quote from Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian Diplomat, seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, and co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.” Kofi Annan
This quote resonated with the Educational Foundation Board Members because being a diverse school, Paint Branch students have always learned from each other, meeting people of different backgrounds, races, cultures, countries of origin, ethnic heritages, economic backgrounds, and so on, and becoming friends. 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 applicants to interview. Interviews were then held and the ten scholarship winners were selected. The scholarships were presented to the students at the Academic Awards night held at Paint Branch High School in May 2017.