For high school seniors approaching graduation, these last few weeks are a time of reflection--to commemorate academic achievements and appreciate the value of relationships formed with teachers, coaches, friends, and mentors.
For student workers at Greenspring, an Erickson Senior Living community in Springfield, Va., it also represents a chance to be recognized for their hard work and set up for success through four-year scholarships, funded by generous donations from community residents.
At the Student Scholars’ Award Ceremony on May 12, 31 student workers were granted scholarships through the Student Scholars’ Fund at Greenspring, which awarded a total of $325,000. Since 1999, the Greenspring Scholars’ Fund has raised more the $5.5 million to support student workers in the pursuit of trade school and higher education.
The Greenspring Scholars’ Fund provides recipients with $10,000 to help offset academic tuition expenses, paid directly to the trade school or college over four years. An additional $1,000 scholarship was awarded to students who worked through the pandemic.
Of primary importance to the Greenspring community is the ability to award all eligible students who apply with a scholarship. Eligibility for the Class of 2022 requires at least 750 hours of service during the student’s junior and senior years of high school. They must achieve satisfactory grades and maintain a disciplinary record free of adverse actions at their high school.
“We couldn’t have put this together without our residents’ generous donations. They’re so supportive of our students in the Dining Services Department,” said Philanthropy Director Kimberly Nelson.