The Baltimore Ravens have selected their first class of Ravens Scholars. Five outstanding area high school seniors who displayed remarkable academic achievement, extra-curricular participation and community service will each be awarded a $5,000 renewable scholarship ($20,000 over four years to each scholar) to support their respective college educations.
Funded by the Ravens All Community Team Foundation (RACTF), the scholarship program enables local youth to continue their education on a collegiate level. The team has a long-standing history of service to local communities, and this fund will support those who exhibit the same commitment. In the program's first year, applications were accepted from students who attend public schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Carroll County, areas where the Ravens operate training facilities and maintain offices.
The Ravens organization partnered with CollegeBound Foundation, an independent, nonprofit program designed to work exclusively with local students, helping high schoolers achieve a post-secondary education. After receiving nearly 100 applications, the scholarship committee selected nine finalists to be interviewed at the Ravens' facility in Owings Mills. Vice president of finance/Chief financial officer Jeff Goering and director of player personnel Eric DeCosta joined members of CollegeBound to conduct the interviews.
Inaugural Class of 2010:
Taylor Andrews, Century HS- Andrews will be attending Washington College in the fall of 2010.* *A Maryland scholar-athlete who participated in varsity soccer and lacrosse her junior and senior year, Andrews helped her lacrosse team capture a State Championship in 2009. She displays the same winning attitude when volunteering in the community, working with local churches, retirement communities and the Salvation Army. She is the historian of her school's Varsity Club and also participates in the Student Government Association and National Honor Society (NHS).
Jasmin Johnson, Paul Laurence Dunbar HS- Johnson will be attending Bucknell University in the fall of 2010. Johnson has already made impressive strides in her goal to become an engineer, interning with Northrop Grumman and the Army Research Laboratory. She has made significant achievements in the field of Robotics, placing in multiple national and local competitions. Johnson is also committed to serving the community, volunteering with the YMCA Christmas Drive, ASPCA Animal Walk, Dunbar's Big Sister Little Sister program and serving as a biology and robotics tutor.
Sophie Szarko, Catonsville HS- Szarko will be attending Salisbury University in the fall of 2010. She is a standout student, dancer and swimmer with a substantial service background. Szarko volunteers her time with Casey Cares Foundation, Westchester Elementary PTA, PJ Schafer Memorial Golf Tournament, Catonsville Middle School Mulch Sale and as a swim coach and tutor for the local community. She is also a member of Catonsville's NHS, Yearbook and Spanish Club.
Eric Arndts, Westminster HS- Arndts will be attending Bucknell University in the fall of 2010. The senior has worked extensively with Carroll County Hospice helping establish a bereavement lending library by cataloging over 500 books. Arndts also organized and inventoried over 2,000 grief pamphlets and volunteered at a day camp for bereaved children. His extracurricular activities include NHS, Student Marshall, Academic Challenge Team, Spanish Club and he also serves as the Treasurer for the Astronomy Club.
*Megan Reid, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute- *Reid will be attending Bucknell University in the fall of 2010. She is interested in studying chemical engineering, and thus worked at the Carnegie Institution as a laboratory member from 2008-09. During her work, she researched lipid metabolism in intestinal cells of Zebra fish as part of a study on obesity. Reid's community service includes volunteering with the Department of Human Resources, Marion House 5k Run and Movable Feast Company. She also participated in a 10-day service trip to save endangered leatherback sea turtles in Costa Rica. She was the captain of the cheerleading team her senior year and performed on her school dance team.