2015 BCF Scholarship Winners

June 11, 2015

Thirty-one Baltimore-area students have received a total of $216,750 in college scholarship funding from the Baltimore Community Foundation for the 2015-16 school year.

For decades, BCF has been helping donors provide scholarships to area students going to college. This year, 16 scholarship funds offered scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $80,000 to individual students from high schools in the Baltimore region.  

In its second year, the BCF Scholarship for Young Civic Leaders is being awarded to Chikaodi Nwanegwo, a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, who will be attending Morgan State University with the help of the $12,000 award.

Nwanegwo is from Baltimore but has lived in Nigeria. During her career at Poly, she was involved in the Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT), which aims to eliminate health care disparities by transforming under-represented high school students into health care leaders. During a visit to a Nigerian hospital she found that many health issues facing Nigerians were similar to those facing low-income Baltimoreans, including high rates of sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancy. As a project in MERIT, she started the Care Using Responsive Education (CURE) Project, which aims to educate Baltimoreans about the affects of preventable diseases and other health-related issues.

“I called it CURE because my goal wasn’t to temporarily alter Baltimore City, but to someday completely eradicate the healthcare disparities that most Baltimore residents face,” says Nwanegwo.

Nwanegwo spoke to BCF's Board of Trustees about her project on June 10, 2015.

BCF created the scholarship to recognize outstanding young people who have demonstrated leadership throughout their high school careers and have contributed to the improvement of their school, neighborhood and broader community.

“We are gratified to have this opportunity offer some of Baltimore’s brightest students financial support as they embark on their college careers,” says Tom Wilcox, BCF President and CEO. “A college education gives an individual the skills they need to thrive in their community. These scholarships are a vital investment in Baltimore’s future. We are grateful to the many generous donors who make these scholarships possible.”

2015 BCF Scholarship Awards

BCF Scholarship for Young Civic Leaders: $12,000
The BCF Scholarship for Young Civic Leaders supports young people who have demonstrated leadership throughout their high school career and have contributed to the improvement of their school, neighborhood and broader community. Specifically, the scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership in civic engagement. We are looking for the student who did more than attend meetings or received services; competitive applicants are students who are engaged in developing ideas, implementing plans, recruiting other young people or leading a charge. 2015 winner:

  • Chikaodi Nwanegwo, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Legg Mason's College Scholarship: $80,000
This scholarship was established by Legg Mason Global Asset Management to provide a full tuition scholarship for eligible Baltimore City public high school graduates who wish to pursue their education at a four-year public institution in the state of Maryland. Students who maintain a 2.5 GPA as they work toward a college certificate or degree may receive up to $80,000 ($20,000 annually) of tuition, room and board. 2015 winner:

  • Tula Raghavan, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Charles R. "Dick" Ward Scholarship: $20,000

This scholarship honors Dick Ward, who attended high school in the late 1940's. Dick was a highly decorated athlete who also understood the importance of education. In his years as a business owner in South Baltimore, he established himself as a community leader and mentor. This scholarship is designated for Digital Harbor High School students who have participated in the Building STEPS Program in their junior and senior years and ranked in the top 15 percent of their class. Applicants should demonstrate leadership qualities through extracurricular activities or community service and plan to attend a four-year college or university, or plan to pursue an associate’s degree at a community college in Maryland and transfer to a four-year college or university. 2015 winners:

  • Biren Rai, Digital Harbor High School
  • Evodie Ngoy, Digital Harbor High School
One Step Up College Scholarship: $25,000
The One Step Up College Scholarship was established to make college possible for young women who have overcome significant challenges, and who without this “one step up” might not be able to pursue their education. The applicant for this award should show leadership qualities in her family, school or community rather than be at the top of her class academically. Applicants must have attended a Baltimore City public high school for four years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited four-year college or university. 2015 winner:
  • Tanera Parker, Western High School  
Irvin Ricardo Horne Scholarship: $5,000

Established by family and friends in memory of Irvin Ricardo Horne, a social worker and religious man with a generous heart who was talented, well-educated and believed in the importance of a good education. He was born and raised in Baltimore City and spent most of his college life at the University of Maryland, College Park. This scholarship is designated for male students graduating from high school in Baltimore City who plan to attend the University of Maryland, College Park. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to community service and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 2015 winner:

  • Justin Alston, Baltimore School for the Arts
Digital Harbor High School College Scholarship: $2,000-$3,000
Established by residents of the South Baltimore Peninsula, this scholarship is for students graduating from Digital Harbor High School who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate financial need and plan to attend a two- or four-year school or enroll in a community college certificate program. 2015 winners:
  • Kendra Brogden, Digital Harbor High School
  • Nicholas Cato, Digital Harbor High School
  • Evodie Ngoy, Digital Harbor High School
  • Kaltum Shulman, Digital Harbor High School
  • Keon Fenner, Digital Harbor High School
  • Darius Craig, Digital Harbor High School
  • Destiny Hadel, Digital Harbor High School
  • Rayauna Noel, Digital Harbor High School
  • Diego Rodriguez, Digital Harbor High School
Mildred M. Coughlin Scholarship: $2,000
Named for a former principal of Western High School, this scholarship is for young women graduating from Western High School with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who plan to attend a four-year liberal arts college or university. 2015 winner:
  • Breonna Cook, Western High School

Walther H. Feldmann Scholarship: $2,000
Established in honor of William R. King, a former principal of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, this scholarship is for students enrolled at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute who are in the top 25 percent of their graduating class of the "A" Course curriculum. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership qualities at school. 2015 winner:

  • Golda Meir Chiong, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Harry Z. Isaacs Scholarship: $2,000
Established by the late Harry Z. Isaacs, this scholarship is for the children of employees of I.C. Isaacs & Company and for graduates of Baltimore City public high schools with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Priority is given to applicants who have a parent or guardian who have been employed by I.C. Isaacs & Company and its subsidiaries. 2015 winners:
  • Jasmine Braxton, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
  • Zachary Byrd, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
  • Erica Hayes, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
  • Kenyone King, Western High School
  • Erin Todd, City Neighbors High
  • Kashay Webb, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
Stephanie and Erwin Greenberg Success Scholarship: $2,000

This scholarship is designated for students who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who wish to pursue a certificate or associates degree program leading toward a specific vocation. It is open to students who demonstrate financial need, have been active in their community and intend to complete a certificate or degree program from an accredited community college in the State of Maryland. 2015 winner:

  • Ami Ogblomesse, National Academy Foundation
  • Morgan Haddaway, Vivian T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy

Al Sanders Award for Music Studies: $3,500 

Established to honor the memory of Al Sanders to celebrate his career with WJZ-TV and to share his love of music, this scholarship is designated for students graduating from a public high school in Baltimore City or County with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, who intend to major in music and pursue a career in music after graduation from college. 2015 winners:

  • Nasya Jeffers, Carver Center for Arts and Technology

Christa McAuliffe Scholarship: $2,500
Established to honor the ideals and memory of teacher/astronaut Christa McAuliffe, this scholarship is designated for aspiring teachers. The scholarship is open to students graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who plan to attend an accredited Maryland college or university with an approved teacher education program, and who are planning to pursue a teaching career in Maryland. 2015 winners:

  • Haley Kuffler, South River High School

WJZ-TV Jerry Turner Broadcast Scholarship: $2,500
Established to honor the memory of Jerry Turner and celebrate his career in broadcast journalism at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, this scholarship is designated for Maryland residents graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who plan to seek a degree in broadcast journalism from an accredited four-year college or university. 2015 winner:

  • Pauline McKinney, Baltimore City College

Arthur W. Elder, II Scholarship: $1,250
Established in memory of Arthur W. Elder II, a 1974 graduate of the former Lake Clifton High School, this scholarship is for a student who may not have lived up to his or her full potential in high school, but who wishes to pursue higher education. Preference will be given to students graduating from Heritage High School, but this scholarship is open to students from any public high school in Baltimore City who has maintained a “C” average and has participated in high school athletics or other extracurricular activities. 2015 winner:

  • Kalyn Williams, Western High School

Artemis Award:  $1,000
This scholarship is for young women graduating from a Baltimore City public high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher who wish to attend a two- or four-year college or university. 2015 winner:

  • Emily Cornett, Baltimore School for the Arts
Baltimore City Retired Public School Employees Scholarship: $1,000

Created by the Association of Baltimore City Retired Public School Employees, this scholarship is for students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher graduating from a public high school in Baltimore City who intend to pursue a career in teaching. Students must plan to enroll as a degree candidate in a two- or four-year college in Maryland. 2015 winner:

  • Kanesha Becoat, Coppin Academy High School     

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