Spring has sprung—and so have the pathways to college for a number of local high school students, thanks to the Student Scholar Awards at Greenspring, an Erickson Senior Living community in Springfield, Virginia.
Dedicated high school student workers are being recognized and set up for success through these four-year scholarships, funded by generous donations from community residents. At the Student Scholars’ Award Ceremony on May 11, 31 student workers were granted scholarships through the Student Scholars’ Fund at Greenspring, which awarded a total of $310,000 in scholarships.
The Greenspring Scholars’ Fund was established in 2003 by Greenspring residents and provides recipients with $10,000 to help offset academic tuition expenses, paid directly to the trade school or college over four years.
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 2023 requires at least 1,000 working hours during the student’s junior and senior years of high school. They must achieve satisfactory grades (2.75 or higher) and maintain a disciplinary record free of adverse actions during their employment.
“Over the last 16 years, Greenspring residents have donated over 6 million dollars towards education. It is an honor to be part of a community that inspires high school students to follow their dreams and then puts it into action with scholarships,” said Director of Philanthropy Kimberly Nelson.
“Another delightful and highly meaningful charitable function here at wonderful Greenspring! Dozens of smiling faces, particularly on the part of green-clad scholars, their parents, and friends,” said resident Charlie C. Watkins.