SMECO Awards $6,000 in College Scholarships

HUGHESVILLE, Md. (April 21, 2010)—Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) announced the recipients of its scholarships for 2010. Each year, SMECO awards four $1,500 college scholarships to high school seniors who live in the Co-op's service area. SMECO awards scholarships based on applicants' scholastic achievement, financial need, and school and community involvement.

SMECO has awarded each of the following students a scholarship.

Joy Williams, daughter of Judith Williams of Waldorf, is a senior at North Point High School. Williams participates in numerous activities including All-County Honors Choir, Key Club, and cross country racing. Williams has supported her community as a member of her Youth Group, Church District Youth Committee, and Seminary Class. She has received recognition through the Principal's Honor Roll and the National Society of High School Scholars. She has also volunteered at a local hospital and nursing home. Williams plans to study medicine and forensic science at Brigham Young University in Utah.

Monica Dureja, daughter of Anita Dureja of Owings, is a senior at Northern High School. She has participated in the Future Business Leaders of America, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, and girls' lacrosse. She has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Calvert Country School, Tri-County Animal Shelter, Calvert Hospice, and as a math tutor. Dureja is an honor roll student who has been recognized for her achievements by the National Honor Society. She has been an intern in the office of Dr. Aarti Patel, an oncologist, and plans to study oncology at a local university.

Cali Copsey, daughter of James and Susan Copsey of Leonardtown, is a senior at Leonardtown High School. She has participated in cross country and has won recognition as captain of the team, rookie of the year, first team all-conference, and first team all-county. Copsey has received Minds in Motion awards for cross country and track and field. She has been recognized as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar and received a Chemistry Achievement Award. She is a member of the National Honor Society and leader of the Peer Development Program. Copsey plans to study engineering.

Kaitlyn Kistler, daughter of James and Valerie Smith of Lexington Park, is a senior at Great Mills High School. She has participated in March of Dimes, American Red Cross, Relay for Life, and Special Olympics programs and fund raisers. Kistler led a fund raiser for Heifer International to raise money to provide livestock to third world countries. She served as president of the National Honor Society and as a Student Government Association representative. Kistler was a member of the National Art Honor Society and won a photography award. She plans to attend a local university to study biology.

Source: SMECO

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