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Charlestown Celebrates Student Scholars Class of 2019

June 3, 2019

36 student employees receive scholarships at 31st Annual Scholars' Ceremony

Catonsville, Md. – June 4, 2019 – Charlestown, a continuing care retirement community managed by Erickson Living, recently awarded 36 of its student employees with the Charlestown Scholarship Award. A special ceremony was held at the community on May 16 to recognize and celebrate the Scholars' achievements.

The Charlestown Scholarship Award provides recipients with up to $2,000 annually for four years, a total of $8,000, to help offset academic tuition expenses at their college or university. The Class of 2019 joins 121 current Charlestown Scholars, some of whom will graduate this spring.

The total amount raised this year was $232,173, mostly funded by resident contributions. This includes a realized planned gift from Betsy Blades who, as a strong believer in lifelong learning and Charlestown's Scholars Program, left close to $30,000 in her estate for the Scholars. More than 59 percent of Charlestown's resident households contributed to the Scholars' Program this year, an increase over the 2018 campaign.

"We're grateful to each of our residents who made a donation to the 31st Annual Scholars' Campaign, without whom we would not be able to offer this opportunity to the student employees who work so hard for all of us," said Charlie Eichenlaub, Charlestown resident and Chair of the Scholars' Committee. "For some, this scholarship makes the difference in a student's ability to afford to go to college and continue their education. We also thank Erickson Living and the Jim Davis Family Foundation for their generous $5,000 contribution this year."

This year's ceremony featured a special presentation by Feyisayo Omotoso, who began her career at Charlestown nine years ago in the Fireside Dining Room. She was a member of the Charlestown Scholars' Class of 2013 and graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in December 2017. She is now working at Erickson Living's corporate offices as a Human Resources Management System Analyst.

Along with the Charlestown Scholarship Award, the Scholar Candidates had an opportunity to apply for additional merit-based Named Scholarships. These awards are given in addition to the Charlestown Scholarships. The following Scholars received these special awards:

  • Arion Peterson, the Ruth Harden-Inglis Award ($750)
  • Rose Thornquist, the Andrew Murray Myers Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Christen Gibson, the Treasure Sale Award ($2,000)
  • Shawn Watson, the Committee Recognition Award ($500)

In conjunction with the Charlestown Scholars' Committee and Towson University, Onyedika Onyemeziem received the four-year Towson Scholarship ($6,000). Talha Meher and Asiah Taylor were presented with two-year CCBC Awards ($1,000 each).

For more information about the scholarship program and other benefits of working at Charlestown, visit

Photo Credit: Emily Fowler

Photo Caption: Thirty-six student employees were recently awarded college scholarships worth up to $8,000 at Charlestown Retirement Community's 2019 Scholars' Ceremony. More than $232,000 was raised during the community's 31st Annual Scholars' Campaign, mostly from resident contributions.

About Charlestown: Charlestown, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 110-acre campus in Catonsville, Maryland. The community is located in Baltimore County and is home to more than 2,000 residents who are supported by a team of more than 1,200 employees. Additional information about Charlestown can be found at