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Xavier Winford named Dorsey Scholar, a full-scholarship worth more than $200,000

Xavier Winford of White Plains and a graduate of Maurice J. McDonough High School, has been named a Dorsey Scholar at McDaniel College, Westminster, Md., for this fall earning a full-scholarship to the college. 

This is the highest academic honor at McDaniel and includes full tuition, room and board for all four years (value of more than $200,000). He will arrive on campus for move-in on Aug. 22 with classes beginning at McDaniel on Aug. 26.

Xavier has been active as a member of his school’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program and also plans to participate in the Green Terror Battalion ROTC program at McDaniel, which is one of the oldest programs in the nation in its 100th year this year.

He earned the rank of Battalion Commander in high school and earned several awards, including Superior Cadet and an American Legion Award. Both of his parents also served in the military with his father retiring after 24 years of service in the U.S. Navy. Xavier also plans to study computer science at McDaniel and aspires to make the world a better place. He says that he wants to be a part of a mission that is bigger than himself.

Scholars must maintain a 3.5 GPA and live on campus all four years. They are also invited to enroll in McDaniel's Honors Program. Potential Dorsey Scholars do not apply for the award, but are selected from the Honors applicant pool.

Dorsey Scholars have distinctive opportunities, including travel with President Casey as ambassadors of the college. The Dorsey Scholars Program is supported by a $6.7 million estate gift from 1891 alumnus Philip Henry Dorsey (the largest bequest for scholarships in the college's history). McDaniel has awarded three Dorsey scholarships this year.

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