Date: July 27, 2009

News - Chaney Foundation Memorial Scholarships Awarded

The Chaney Foundation Board of Directors awarded scholarships to seven students from Southern Maryland for 2009.

The Chaney Foundation established the scholarship in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties for the purpose of furthering students in majors related to the building trades, with focus on the fields of drafting, construction management, concrete industry management, engineering, architecture or business. Awarded on a competitive basis, students will receive $1,000. Scholarships are renewable up to $4,000.

“On behalf of the Foundation Board, we congratulate our Chaney scholars, who demonstrate outstanding levels of achievement,” said Frank Chaney, chairman, The Chaney Foundation. “The quality of the applications submitted was high, making this year’s selections challenging, and difficult. We wish success to all the students who applied.”

First-year scholarships were awarded to Thomas Gelzer, II of Bryans Road, Stacey Tilghman of California and Elizabeth Boggs of La Plata. Both Gelzer and Tilghman, graduates of North Point High School, will be seeking bachelors of engineering degrees at Virginia Tech this fall. Boggs, also a North Point High School graduate, will attend the College of Southern Maryland for an associate's degree in engineering, with a goal to transfer within the next two years. 

Scholarship renewals were granted to four students. Latrina Alston is a senior majoring in architecture at Hampton University. Octavia Green is a sophomore majoring in business at Virginia Tech. Steven Smith is completing his associate’s degree at the College of Southern Maryland and is seeking a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering. Devin Bohanan of California completed his freshman year at Virginia Tech, where he is earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Tyler Williams of Clements received the Leo Curtis Memorial Scholarship. Williams attends CSM and is seeking an associate’s degree in information systems security. The Chaney Foundation established the Leo Curtis Memorial Scholarship to benefit children of Chaney Enterprises’ employees, for the purpose of furthering that student in their educational goals. Ralph “Leo” Curtis was a concrete mixer driver for Chaney Enterprises for 12 years.  Curtis was a model professional and the first volunteer for the company’s Mentor Driver Program. He highly valued education, and particularly enjoyed training children and youth on truck driving safety. Curtis was 51 years old when he died in November 1999.

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