2023 HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
The Developing Community Leaders Award is given to graduating seniors from Hanover’s high schools who demonstrate strong leadership potential and a mindset of community betterment. Applicants must intend to continue their education at a two or four-year college or vocational training school. A team of reviewers assess applicants on two essay responses, their activities and community involvement, any employment to date, their academic performance, financial need and their interest or potential in leadership or business fields in hopes of gathering a full picture of the student. Recipients are selected through a two-phase review process. The scholarships are made possible through the generous financial support of Camptown Charities and Chamber Foundation donors. Applications are available from the High School Career Counselor and downloadable on this website (see link below). Applications must be received by April 1.
RECIPIENT HALL OF FAME
2022 AWARD RECIPIENTS
We celebrated with the students and their families at a private reception at in early August. The Hanover Chamber Foundation congratulates all scholarship nominees and the 2022 recipients – we are fortunate to have so many outstanding students in our county! Each of the four $1,500 scholarships listed below are made possible through the financial support of Camptown Charities and Foundation donors. We are grateful for their continued partnership.
Patrick Henry HS: Shelby Baucom Shelby’s strong academics paired with her energy and drive extend beyond the classroom and will surely enable her future success.
Mechanicsville HS: Emily Davidson Emily is a scholar and athlete with a passion for entrepreneurship. Her adaptability, focus and drive are inspiring.
Atlee HS: Madilyn Herkovitz Madilyn’s genuine desire to care for and think of others show a future leader who understands the impact and value of community.
Patrick Henry HS: Matthew Davis Luck Davis is a scholar and athlete who has already shown himself to be a good colleague and valuable leader.
2021 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Mechanicsville HS: Ciara Curnutt Ciara’s strong academics paired with energy and interests beyond the classroom - to athletics, community service and more – will surely enable her future success.
Patrick Henry HS: Caleb Riener Caleb is an outstanding scholar with a diverse set of interests. His well-written, good-humored essays and clear leadership capabilities set him apart.
Atlee HS: Riley Smith Riley’s intrinsic capacity to care for and think of others show a future leader who understands the value of community. Her adaptability, focus and drive are inspiring.
Atlee HS: Stephen Wiecek Stephen has already shown himself to be a leader in many ways. His broad experience coupled with his academic success and self-determination are encouraging.
Lee-Davis HS: Megan Brooks Megan is an accomplished scholar and athlete whose application and recommendation show strong leadership skills, a desire to learn and the ability to grow.
Lee-Davis HS: Cady Cordle Cady’s driven spirit, gift for collaboration and hope for a stronger community set her apart and will surely enable her future success.
Patrick Henry HS: Sofia Fischbach Sofia is a motivated and entrepreneurially minded student. Her artistic ability and commitment to her studies is inspiring.
Patrick Henry HS: Kayla Maxey Kayla is an outstanding scholar with a well-rounded set of interests. Her self-determination and natural leadership qualities are apparent and encouraging.
Atlee HS: Sara Paige Mudd Sara Paige’s leadership abilities and creativity, on and off the stage, demonstrate an adaptable student who also cares for her community.
Atlee HS: Tyler Waldman Tyler is already a leader within his DECA and volunteer efforts, and his interest in a business degree will unquestionably be pursued with the same energy and heart.
2019 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Atlee HS: Zachary Boyd Zachary’s interest in developing his own leadership skills, through DECA and as an Eagle Scout, and an understanding of the value of entrepreneurship demonstrate a well-rounded student who is also very attentive to his studies.
Hanover HS: Rachel Andrzejewski Rachel’s impressive academics, athleticism, and a well-written essay set her apart. The longevity and intensity of her participation in focused activities displays great commitment and time management.
Lee-Davis HS: Ashlyn Doane Ashlyn is an accomplished scholar and athlete whose application and recommendation show strong leadership skills. Her ability to ask questions and desire for collaboration set her apart and will enable her future success.
Patrick Henry HS: Mary Holland Mary’s application demonstrates a motivated and entrepreneurial student who is committed to balancing her physical, mental and spiritual self. Her self-determination and awareness paired with an understanding of the importance of inclusion make her a natural leader.
2018 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Atlee HS: Colin Donohue Colin’s application shows a well-rounded student attentive to his studies while participating in community activities. His employment experience, numerous leadership roles and a strong essay focused on the value of entrepreneurship set him apart.
Lee-Davis HS: Parker Spear Parker is an accomplished scholar and athlete whose application and recommendation show strong leadership skills. A creative essay about his passion, golf, demonstrated personal growth and a desire to pursue business management.
Hanover HS: Hannah Davis Hannah’s impressive academic performance, well-written essay and a clear desire to be a leader in her community are notable. The longevity of her participation in various activities displays great commitment and self-awareness.
Patrick Henry HS: Adela Novakis Adela is well-versed in balancing academics, athletics, volunteering and personal interest. The variety in her activities and employment shows a wonderful energy to gain leadership experience useful for any future endeavor.
2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Atlee HS: Jessica Roberson Jessica’s reviewer scores show excellent ratings in all categories. Her academic strength and collegiate goals are promising, and her involvement and leadership roles in clubs and activities demonstrate a strong desire to care for and build up others.
Lee-Davis HS: Pamela Mulvaney Pamela is in the top 3 of her class while also demonstrating a clear desire to be active in her community. She has held numerous leadership positions during high school, and her recommendation notes her state-level successes in research and public awareness projects.
Hanover HS: Hunter Sparanga Hunter’s application shows a well-rounded student attentive to his studies while participating in community activities. A strong and creative essay, focused on his view of leaders as trail makers and leadership as a tool for community betterment, set him apart.
Patrick Henry HS: Madison Brown Madison is a scholar, athlete, leader and volunteer. The longevity of her participation in various activities displays great commitment. Her letter of recommendation included the descriptors “dependable, conscientious and motivated”, which showed through in her essay.
2016 AWARD RECIPIENTS
AtleeHS: Prakrit Shukla Prakrit’s reviewer score shows excellent ratings in all categories. He is currently ranked 1 in his class, works as a tutor, shows strong leadership ability and a desire to pursue business. His reviewer said Prakrit’s was the ‘best essay’ of the bunch.
Lee-Davis HS: Nicholas Reisenweaver Nicholas stood out because of his well-rounded application. He is a good student and is involved in activities both in and outside of school, but it was his desire and interest in entrepreneurship that set him apart. This includes starting a small-business, Moo-Rise Landscaping, which he has been operating for 5 yrs.
Hanover HS: David Dustin David is in the top 5 of his class and has shown strong participation in activities both in an out of school, in addition to gaining paid work experience. His expressed desire to help others succeed was seen in both his essay and his recommendation. The reviewer also noted his positive attitude came through in the application and agrees that this is a skill that will serve him well.
Patrick Henry HS: Olivia Phillips Just as her recommendation noted, “Olivia’s leadership record is remarkable” especially for a HS student. She excelled in each assessed area, is in the top 10 of her class, and submitted a very strong essay. Olivia plans to be a pre-law student and wants to pursue advocacy law and political science.