Education Partnership

2021 Scholarships Awarded

 

Ten scholarships were awarded to local high school students by Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce to recognize outstanding achievement of 2021 graduating seniors planning to continue their study in a business-related field.

The 2021 Distinguished Business Scholarship recipients are Bemente Abegaz, Lewis High School; Ryan Bowers, West Potomac High School; Jayden Brown, Edison High School; Dina Cazun-Moreno, Hayfield Secondary School; Elizabeth Hutchison, Bishop Ireton High School; Craig Kalkwarf, South County High School; Gershon Price, Lewis High School; Marcos Montoya, Mount Vernon High School; Sara West, South County High School; Julie Wu, West Potomac High School.

Brigadier General Retired Robert Jorgensen, president of the Army Retirement Residence Foundation – Potomac at The Fairfax Retirement Community spoke to the awardees about his education and career encouraging them to “never give up.”

“What an honor to have General Jorgensen share his wisdom with the students,” said Mark Murray Chamber Chairman.

“The Fairfax provided a lovely venue to present the scholarships and meet the families,” said Murray. “We saw how excited the parents were for their children to receive these awards.”

Many scholarship recipients will be the first generation of college students in their families and expressed their appreciation to the businesses that provided scholarships to help them achieve their dream of attending college.

“The commitment the chamber makes to ensure scholarships each year is extraordinary,” said Holly Dougherty, president of the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce. “Our youth are the future, and these scholarships are an investment in the future of our community.”

Scholarships are made possible by the generous donations of local businesses. Businesses that provided complete scholarships are Covanta Fairfax Inc., Clearpath Solutions Group, Cisco and Ourisman Automotive dealerships.

 

Clearpath 2021


Dina Cazun-Moreno

Hayfield Secondary School

Covanta 2021


Craig Kalkwarf

South County High School

Cisco Systems 2021

Julie Wu

West Potomac High School

Ourisman 2021

Elizabeth Hutchison

Bishop Ireton High School

Covanta 2021

Sara West

South County High School

Business 2021

Jayden Brown

Thomas A. Edison High School

Business 2021

Bemente Abegaz

John E. Lewis High School

Business 2021

Marcos Montoya

Mount Vernon High School

Business 2021

Gershon Price

John E. Lewis High School

Business 2021

Ryan Bowers

West Potomac High School

2021 Scholarship Benefactors

SUMMA CUM LAUDE

MAGNA CUM LAUDE

 

Hilltop Sand and Gravel Company Inc.
Mount Vernon Knights of Columbus Club Inc.

 

CUM LAUDE

Other Supporters

 

Dishes of India

Dr. Douthard R. Butler
Rachel Carter, Coldwell Banker

Michael Gailliot, Realtor, Century 21
James Glenn
Stewart McKnight
Nina Tisara, Mosaic Artist

Past Scholarship Recipients

Ourisman Automotive 2020


Louise Bryne

Mount Vernon High School

Covanta Scholar 2020

Christopher Morin

South County High School

Covanta Scholar 2020

Luke Deitrich

South County High School

ClearPath Scholar 2020

Michelle Basoah

Mount Vernon High School

Cisco Scholar 2020

Ashley Pearson

Hayfield Secondary School

Ourisman 2019


Claudia Klinck

Bishop Ireton High School

Covanta 2019

Tara Vasanth and Hana Chong

South County High School

Clearpath 2019

Sean Murphy

West Potomac High School

Ourisman Automotive 2018


Emily Boehm, Mount Vernon High School

PenFed Scholar 2017

Stephen Campbell, Thomas Jefferson High School

Chaney Enterprises 2017

Evan Sparks, South County High School

PenFed Scholar 2016

Joseph Hammer, West Potomac High School

Service

Master 2015

Mohamed Ali, Mount Vernon High School

Our Mission

A strong commitment to education has led Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce to provide scholarships for local graduating high school students pursuing further education in business.

Since 1998, the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce has provided scholarships worth more than $200,000 to local high school students. In 2018, eight scholarships with a total value of $16,000 were awarded.

You are invited to be part of this effort to prepare future business and community leaders by contributing to the Chamber’s scholarship fund.

A “Summa Cum Laude” $2,000 investment provides these benefits:

  • A scholarship named after your business awarded to a local high school senior.
  • A listing on the Chamber’s Education Honor Roll published in local newspapers and on Chamber social media.
  • Your business logo with hotlink to your website on the Education Partnership website.
  • Reserved admissions and recognition at Scholarship Awards.

A “Magna Cum Laude” $1,000 investment provides these benefits:

  • A listing on the Chamber’s Education Honor Roll published in local newspapers and on Chamber social media.
  • Your business logo with hotlink to your website on the Education Partnership webpage.
  • Reserved admissions and recognition at Scholarship Awards.

A “Cum Laude” $500 investment provides these benefits:

  • A listing on the Chamber’s Education Honor Roll published in local newspapers and on Chamber social media.
  • Your business logo with hotlink to your website on the Education Partnership webpage.
  • Reserved admissions and recognition at Scholarship Awards.

Education Partnership Board of Directors

Chairman Mark Murray, Fort Belvoir Swim Team

Michael Bennett, Ourisman

Don Cammarata, Covanta Fairfax Inc.

Travis Clarke, Burke & Herbert Bank

Holly Dougherty, Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce

George Ksenics, Andrews FCU

Alison Ross Tompkins, The Fairfax Retirement Community