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BECA Passport Scholarships Help Eight College-Bound Students

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The Business, Education, and Community Alliance (BECA) awarded Passport to the Future Scholarships to eight St. Mary's County High School 2006 graduates. They are Elizabeth Fahrner, Lucas Hammett, Quade Miller, Sarah Phelan, Thomas Reese, Ashley Ridgeway, Rebecca Rivera, and Kelsey Stauff.

These students received a total of $7,500 in scholarship funds donated to BECA by local sponsors including St. Mary's Hospital, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, Anteon Corporation, Mercantile Southern Maryland Bank, and St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce members.

This year additional funding was provided by organizations and individuals including Education Systems Federal Credit Union, Imagine One Ltd, Towne Dentistry, WM Davis Inc, Cedar Point Federal Credit Union, Philip C Riehl Insurance Agency Inc, Waring-Ahearn Insurance Agency, A Moment In Time Riding School, George R Sparling, David and Mitzi Whalen, and Beverly D Russell.

A Scholarship Awards Breakfast was hosted by HyperSpace Fun Center, Hollywood, MD on May 2, 2006. There was quite a range of scholarship winners. For example, these students are attending schools in 5 different states. Some are at nationally-recognized schools while one is attending a 2yr technical college that started 3 weeks after high school graduation. Some are first-generation college students. Following is a brief on each student.

Elizabeth Fahrner, Great Mills High School, is attending Virginia Tech, VA and majoring in Communications/Public Relations.

Lucas Hammett, Leonardtown High School, is attending Greensboro College, NC and majoring in Sports Management.

Quade Miller, Leonardtown High School/Forrest Technology Center, is attending Seton Hill University, PA and majoring in Mathematics.

Sarah Phelan, Leonardtown High School/Forrest Technology Center, is attending Colorado State University, CO and majoring in Agriculture Business/Equine Science.

Thomas Reese, Leonardtown High School/Forrest Technology Center, is attending Advanced Technology Institute, VA and majoring in Heavy Vehicle Technology.

Thomas is also the recipient of the St. Mary's Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. He submitted a combined application for both BECA and the Chamber Scholarship.

Ashley Ridgeway, St. Mary's Ryken High School, is attending St. Mary's College of Maryland and majoring in English and Political Science.

Rebecca Rivera, Leonardtown High School/Forrest Technology Center, is attending Hood College, MD and majoring in Biology/Pre-Medicine.

Kelsey Stauff, Leonardtown High School, is attending University of Maryland. Kelsey received a partial scholarship as a result of supplemental funding from generous community donors.

The Business, Education, and Community Alliance (BECA) is a local non-profit co-founded in 1989 by the St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce and the Superintendent of Schools. Every semester since 1992 BECA has awarded Passports to the Future to county high school students who achieve good grades, meet attendance requirements, and demonstrate good citizenship. Passport holders may use these at more than 40 local businesses and other organizations who participate in the Passport program by offering merchandise discounts and premiums. BECA has awarded appro

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