TowerCares Foundation Awards $25K in College Scholarships

TowerCares is proud to support the next generation of college students who will be on the frontlines of cyber security and scientific advances with our first round of scholarships!

What do a student planning to attend Princeton University, a student dreaming of a degree in computer engineering, a student gearing up for her freshman year at Wesleyan University, a student who wants to help develop new innovations in farming, and a student interested in a career in Environmental Sciences—have in common? They are the inaugural class of winners in the new TowerCares Foundation Scholarship Program.

Helping students achieve their dreams
Five college-bound students—four of them Maryland residents—each won a one-time award of $5,000 from TowerCares. The winners were selected from an impressive pool of over 200 applicants by an independent judging organization. Judging was based upon accomplishments in the areas of academics, leadership, community service, and extracurricular activities.

Preference was shown by the judges for students planning to pursue degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields or, in keeping with TowerCares’ mission of supporting the families of those who protect our freedom, children of parents who work in that capacity.

Meet the winners!

The 2018 TowerCares Foundation Scholarship Program winners are:

Marina Beshai, of Severn, MD, who plans to study Computer & Information Services at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Amelia Chedister, of Boone, NC, who plans to study Agronomy & Farming at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

Victoria Nelson, of Elkridge, MD, who is studying Environmental Sciences at University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Maria Rodriguez-Castro, of Millersville, MD, who plans to study Psychology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Jessica Schneck, of Laurel, MD, who plans to study Computer Engineering at University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

The TowerCares Foundation announces its inaugural class of 2018 College Scholarship Program winners. Each student won a $5,000 award from the Foundation. George Cumberledge, Chairman of the TowerCares Foundation Board of Directors (center), and Dan Balkin, TowerCares Foundation Secretary, presented the awards at TowerCares headquarters in Laurel, MD, to scholarship winners (L-R) Victoria Nelson of Elkridge, MD; Marina Beshai of Severn, MD; Jessica Schneck of Laurel, MD; and Maria Rodriguez-Castro of Millersville, MD. (Not pictured – Amelia Chedister of Boone, NC).

But wait! The giving doesn’t stop there….

In addition to the scholarship awards, TowerCares helped local kids start the school year in style. TowerCares provided 130 new backpacks stuffed with school supplies for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. The money for the backpacks was raised for TowerCares by Tower’s ITS/OPS Division through various employee-driven fundraisers. TowerCares also provided a grant for the Boys & Girls Clubs to help reduce the cost to parents for transportation of their children to and from the program after school.

Headed back to school in style! TowerCares Foundation provided 130 new backpacks stuffed with school supplies for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. The Foundation also provided a grant to help reduce the cost to parents of transportation to and from the Clubs.

The TowerCares mission
The TowerCares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and a participating member of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC# 23594). TowerCares’ mission is to support children in need as well as those who have sacrificed while protecting our freedom, and their families. TowerCares creates programs and supports well-vetted charities that are in alignment with its mission.

To date, TowerCares has donated over $400,000 to local charities that support its mission. Organizations like Hospice of the Chesapeake, Maryland Therapeutic Riding, Warrior Canine Connection, Sarah’s House, Maryland Center for Veteran Education & Training, No Warrior Left Behind, and Camp Attaway, just to name a few. Learn about the organizations TowerCares supports.

All donations made to TowerCares are tax-deductible.