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City Awards Four Character Counts! Scholarships
Four inspiring high school seniors were selected to receive scholarship funds through scholarship program.
Four inspiring high school seniors were selected to receive a total of $7,310 in scholarship funds for the 2019-2020 academic year through the W. Edward Bohrer, Jr. Memorial CHARACTER COUNTS! Scholarship program. They will be officially recognized at the Mayor & City Council meeting on Monday, August 19, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Presented in partnership with the W. Edward Bohrer Memorial Fund, Student Union, and the Gaithersburg Rotary Foundation, the scholarships are named for former Mayor Bohrer, under whose leadership the City adopted the CHARACTER COUNTS! program in 1996. The scholarship program acknowledges students for embodying the Six Pillars of Character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
Since the scholarship program launched in 1998, 103 high school seniors have received nearly $180,000 in CHARACTER COUNTS! funding to help with their college tuition. This year’s recipients are Jose Claire Adjeodah, Yesica Lopez Maldonado, and JohnRhec Vargas, all students at Gaithersburg High School, and Grace Schuler, of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
In their applications, students were asked to share stories of people who have inspired them and how those role models reflect good character. The following excerpts were taken from this year’s applications:
“My grandparents have the greatest influence on who I am now. They taught me to be responsible…to love and share and give without asking anything in return.” – Jose Claire Adjeodah
“My mom is the most important role model in my life. Because of her, I make a point in not judging others without knowing what they have been through. She has taught me strength and independence.” – Yesica Lopez Maldonado
“I watched [my older brother] grow from a good kid into a great man. If anyone has taught me the value of the six pillars, it is him. One of the biggest lessons was that things may not always turn out as you planned, but with some flexibility, perseverance, determination, compassion and humor, you can not only make the best of it, but sometimes have unexpected and amazing results.” – Grace Schuler
“My parents and family are the most precious gift that I ever got in my life. I am proud because I have this family that helps me to work hard for my dreams and help other people. I want to do for others what they have done for me, so other people know that they too can reach their dreams and believe in themselves.” – JohnRhec Vargas
The W. Edward Bohrer Memorial Scholarship Program is administered by the Community Services Division in cooperation with the Educational Enrichment Committee. For more information or to contribute to future scholarships, please contact Community Services.