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TowerCares Foundation Awards $25K in College Scholarships

TowerCares is proud to once again support five exceptional students—one of them a repeat winner—who plan to pursue degrees in STEM-related fields.

Five college-bound students each won a one-time scholarship award of $5,000 from the TowerCares Foundation. 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 serve our country as civilians or members of the military.

Meet the winners!
The 2019 TowerCares Foundation Scholarship Program winners are:

Suzie Byun, of Ellicott City, MD, who is entering her junior year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ms. Byun is studying Computer Science and Molecular Biology.

Timothy Cortese, of Eldersburg, MD, who will be a freshman at Wake Forest University. Mr. Cortese plans to study Mathematics and Business.

Samantha Lund, of Annapolis, MD, who will be a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Lund plans to study Physics.

Emily Moran, of Reston, VA, who will be a freshman at James Madison University. Ms. Moran plans to study Biotechnology.

Victoria Nelson, of Elkridge, MD, who is entering her senior year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). This is the second year in a row that Ms. Nelson has received a TowerCares scholarship! She is studying Geography and Environmental Sciences.

Congratulations to all of our 2019 scholarship winners! We wish you the best in your future endeavors.

2019 TowerCares Scholarship Winners
The TowerCares Foundation announces its 2019 College Scholarship Program winners. Each student won a $5,000 award from the Foundation. Al Smith (far left), Secretary of the TowerCares Foundation, and Doug Harris (far right), TowerCares Foundation Treasurer, presented the awards at TowerCares headquarters in Laurel, MD, to scholarship winners (L-R) Samantha Lund of Annapolis, Md.; Suzie Byun of Ellicott City, Md.; Timothy Cortese of Eldersburg, Md.; Emily Moran of Reston, Va.; and second-time winner Victoria Nelson of Elkridge, Md. For information about TowerCares, visit

The TowerCares mission and who we support
TowerCares’ mission is to support children in need as well as brave and heroic individuals and their families who have sacrificed while protecting our freedom. To date, TowerCares has donated over $600,000 to local charities that support its mission.

In third quarter 2019, TowerCares welcomed a new grantee: the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was founded in memory of firefighter Stephen Siller who was killed in the Twin Towers on 9/11. The TowerCares grant is designated for the family of Senior Petty Officer Shannon Kent, a Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician who was killed in the line of duty in Syria. Officer Kent was stationed out of Fort Meade, Md.

The TowerCares grant will help to pay down Officer Kent’s mortgage so that her husband and two small children can stay in their family home.

How to donate
TowerCares is making a real difference in our community. But the work we do would not be possible without the continued support and generosity of our donors. TowerCares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

There are three easy and convenient ways to donate to the TowerCares Foundation:

  1. Donate online or in a branch – You can make a donation to TowerCares online at our secure payment site or in a Tower Federal Credit Union branch.
  2. Combined Federal Campaign – TowerCares is a participating charity in the 2019 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Our CFC number is 23594. Through the CFC, federal employees, contractors and retirees can pledge to support their favorite charities. The deadline for selecting a charity is January 15, 2020. For details, click here or speak to your CFC keyworker.
  3. Maryland Charity Campaign – TowerCares is also a participating charity in the 2019 Maryland Charity Campaign (MCC). Our MCC number is 47-4164006. Similar to the CFC, state of Maryland employees can set up automatic payroll deductions through the MCC to support the charity of their choice. For details, visit

Resources: TowerCares Foundation, Combined Federal Campaign, Maryland Charity Campaign

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