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Educational Systems FCU Presents $125,000 in Scholarships and Professional Development Awards

Educational Systems Federal Credit Union is proud to announce the 2024 scholarship and professional development award winners. This year, $125,000 was awarded to 34 students and 19 educators to help continue their education. The scholarships and awards are made possible through the Support Education Foundation, which was started by the Credit Union to provide funding and resources to help the education community.

This year, the Support Education Foundation’s scholarship and award programs continued to grow with the introduction of the Eva Chesley Scholarship, awarded to two students pursuing a career in education, and a scholarship to a student attending a vocational school. 

“We’re honored to make a difference in the education community through our Support Education Foundation”, stated Girado Smith, President/CEO of Educational Systems FCU.  “These scholarships and awards reflect our deep-rooted commitment to the education community. Congratulations to all the winners!”

Jeanene Allison, recipient of the Maurice Erly Professional Development Award, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to grow in her field. “I am deeply grateful for the Support Education Foundation’s generosity in awarding me with a Maurice Erly Professional Development Award,” said Allison. “It is a significant step towards achieving my goals and making a positive impact in the field of assistive technology. Thank you for investing in my education and future.”

Her enthusiasm was echoed by Dhruv Girish, who was awarded the Rosemary Brinkley Business and Finance Scholarship and will be attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “I am incredibly honored to be selected as a recipient of the Rosemary Brinkley Business and Finance Scholarship and sincerely appreciate your generous support. This scholarship will significantly alleviate the financial burden of my education, allowing me to focus more intently on my studies and extracurricular activities,” said Girish. “I am committed to making the most of this opportunity and giving back to the community in the future.”

The 2024 scholarship and professional development award recipients are as follows:

Eva Chesley Scholarships:
A total of $10,000 was awarded to two college sophomores pursuing degrees in education.
Zaire Bond, Bowie State University
Camryn Slawson, Salisbury University

Vocational School Scholarship:
A total of $3,000 was awarded to one graduating high school senior attending a vocational school in Maryland.
Jeremy James, Montgomery County

Rosemary Brinkley Business and Finance Scholarships:
A total of $36,000 was awarded to 12 graduating high school seniors who completed the business and finance curriculum.
Allissa Breeding, Allegany County
Kate Evans, Anne Arundel County
Bryce Clausen, Calvert County
Mia Schreyer, Caroline County 
Korrin Lewis, Charles County 
Dhruv Girish, Frederick County 
Archana Ponnada, Howard County
Neha Sharma, Montgomery County
Adunifeoluwa Olawale, Prince George’s County
Maura Schmeiser, St. Mary’s County
Isabella Jobeck, Talbot County
Ashley Wood, Wicomico County

Dorothy Marvil Scholarships:
A total of $36,000 was awarded to 12 college-bound high school seniors.
Uliana Helm, Anne Arundel County
Anna Berube, Calvert County
Riley Walstrum, Caroline County
Amie Browning, Charles County
Andrew Smith, Frederick County
Grayson Peoples, Howard County
Akiva Rosenzweig, Montgomery County
Reina Whittington, Prince George’s County
Harsha Manivannan, St. Mary’s County  
Aashreya Govindu, Talbot County
Jada Whyte, Wicomico County
Hannah Brown, Washington County

Community College Scholarships:
A total of $21,000 was awarded to seven college students to help complete their community college degree. 
Faith Croson, College of Southern Maryland
Bradley Whitehouse, Frederick Community College
Robert Lawson, Garrett College
Cecilia Daly, Howard Community College
Samiya Farhin, Montgomery College
Ikechukwu Ani, Prince George’s Community College
Taylor Shores, Wor-Wic Community College

Maurice Erly Professional Development Awards:
A total of $19,000 was awarded to 19 educators to continue their professional development. 
K-12 Educators
Jenna Yommer, Allegany County
Jeanene Allison, Anne Arundel County
Carrie Akins, Calvert County 
Yolanda Holloway, Caroline County 
James Harris, Charles County 
Mary Silva, Dorchester County
Sophia Dorner, Frederick County 
Gretchen Halsey, Howard County
Georgia Anderson, Montgomery County
Quon Wilson, Prince George’s County 
Debora Settle, St. Mary’s County 
Deborah Gardner, Talbot County  
Community College Educators
Andrew Wodzianski, College of Southern Maryland
Sara Toliver, Frederick Community College
Alyssa Tichinel, Garrett College
Amy Crawford, Howard Community College
Tracy Singleton, Montgomery College 
Dena Wilson, Prince George’s Community College
Tracy Knobloch, Wor-Wic Community College

For detailed information on each scholarship and professional development award, visit

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