SMECO newsletter

volume 66 - issue 6 - June 2016

College scholarships awarded to four local high school seniors

SMECO awarded four scholarships to high school seniors for 2016. Each year, SMECO awards four college scholarships to students who live in the Co-op's service area. Scholarships are based on the applicants' scholastic achievement, financial need, and school and community involvement. SMECO has awarded scholarships to 96 students in the 24 years since beginning the program in 1993.

The following students each received a $1,500 college scholarship this year.

Alexandra Bryant, daughter of Jeff and Dara Bryant of Charlotte Hall, graduated from La Plata High School. Bryant consistently received Principal's Honor Roll awards throughout high school. Bryant plans to study biology at the University of Maryland, and she plans to attend medical school to become a doctor.

Simran Kaur, daughter of Barinder Singh of La Plata, is a graduate of La Plata High School. Kaur speaks five languages, and she loves to dance and to read. Kaur plans to attend the University of Maryland to study biology, and she plans to attend medical school to become a doctor.

Maria Karisma Magsakay, daughter of Bernard Magsakay of La Plata, graduated from La Plata High School. Magsakay plans to attend the University of Maryland to become a Nurse Practitioner specializing in family care. She wants to be able to organize medical missions in third-world countries, to provide not only help, but hope.

De'ja McCleary, daughter of Cynthia Lawrence of Prince Frederick, is a graduate of Huntingtown High School. To gain skills and learn about the health care industry, McCleary participated in a summer internship program and served as a Patient Observation Attendant at Calvert Memorial Hospital. McCleary plans to attend La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA, to study nursing and become a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner.

SMECO provides scholarships to local students who excel in their endeavors and who show promise in their chosen field of study.