Farewell and Thank You to Our Scholars!

Scholars' Program

The past year and a half have been an extraordinary experience for all of us at Charlestown. Through it all, our staff reliably supported our needs and nourished us through to the relaxed freedoms we have today. We were blessed to have these students working in dining and other places, especially those who were with us at the start of the pandemic. Back then, the students had to switch gears, abandon the training they had received in bussing and serving to learn sorting, packaging, labeling, and delivering to apartments, among other spur-of-the-moment tasks. All with a smile under their masks, despite the threat of being in contact with someone with Covid-19.

The students have answered our needs and have served us well.  At the same time, they were dealing with virtual learning, applying to colleges, waiting to hear what the future will bring with the uncertainties of which colleges will accept them in the fall, versus the burden of finances they can afford. This month we will be saying goodbye to some of our Class of 2021 Scholars as they venture off to their respective colleges.  In some cases, not only are they leaving Charlestown, but some will be moving away from home as well.

We once again thank each of our residents who make donations to our Scholar Fund. This program is only as successful as the residents that fund it, and we have been so fortunate to have your consistent support. These scholarships help to alleviate some financial burdens that our student employees experience in the pursuit of their education, and can sometimes make the difference in them being able to earn their degrees.

Your Scholar Fund questions can be answered by our Scholar Committee members: Norma Goldberg, Roland Gray, Mel Milio, Marie Skane, Ed Delong, Jackie Graham, Eugenia High,  Mimi O’Donnell, or me, or contact Lisa Zehring in the Philanthropy Office at 410-737-8892 x8397.

Charlie Eichenlaub, Scholar Committee Chair

Charlestown Scholars’ Fund Exceeds Goal

Congratulations and THANK YOU, Charlestown Residents! With your generous donations we have exceeded our goal of $200,000 by raising a total of $213,213 for the Charlestown Scholars Program. As you know, this program allows us to offer academic financial assistance to our eligible student-employees here at Charlestown.

We hope you were able to watch the virtual Scholars’ Ceremony on channel 972 where we celebrated our 2021 Scholar Class by awarding 35 new Traditional scholarships and 4 One-Year scholarships. Our Traditional Scholars will receive up to $3,000 per year (increased this year from $2,000/year) for up to four years, and our One-Year Scholars will receive up to $3,000 for one year (renewable). Funds will be sent to their college or university to offset their academic tuition expenses. This class of Scholars will join the current 98 Charlestown Scholars, some of whom have graduated this spring. If you did not see the Ceremony you can watch online.

Along with the Charlestown Scholarship, the Scholar Candidates had an opportunity to apply for additional merit-based Named/Partnership Scholarships. The following Scholars received these special awards: Shawn Watson ~ the Andrew Murray Myers Scholarship ($2,000); Rion Durkan ~ the Fenton & Ted Robb Memorial Scholarship ($2,000); Joshebel Abase ~ the new Bettye Gray Memorial Scholarship ($4,000); Sophie Messenger ~ the Treasure Sale Scholarship ($2,000). Our Partnership Scholarships were earned by: Ann Obunadike and Payton Crandell-Kwon ~ two CCBC Partnership Scholarships ($500 each); Raven Worsley-Chambers ~ the new Morgan State University Partnership Scholarship ($4,000); Ekene Onyemeziem ~ the Towson University Partnership Scholarship ($6,000); Martins Osunnuga ~ the UMBC Partnership Scholarship ($10,000); and Daniel Wise was presented with the Committee Recognition Award ($1000).

We thank our Alumni guest speaker, Alyssa K. Cole, our Scholar Program alumni from the Class of 2011. Alyssa earned her Bachelor Degree from University of Maryland Eastern Shore and her Master’s Degree from LSU. Alyssa is a true representation of the power that our program offers to our student-employees giving them the opportunity to go to school and make their dreams a reality. Alyssa is a Career Counselor at the University of Maryland-Global Campus, owns a Career Consulting firm, and is an Author and a Poet. She gave a superb presentation thanking our residents for helping her with college expenses and encouraging the current students to excel and forge their path.

We thank each of our residents who made a donation to the 33rd Annual Scholar Campaign, without whom we would not be able to offer this opportunity to the student-employees that work so hard for all of us. This scholarship, for some, makes the difference for ability to afford to go to college and to continue their education. If you did not have an opportunity to donate, but would like to, donations for the Scholar Program can be made year-round with the Philanthropy Department.

A special note of appreciation to my fellow 2021 Scholar Committee members: Norma Goldberg, Roland Gray, Mel Milio, Marie Skane, Jackie Graham, Ed DeLong, Eugenia High, Mimi O’Donnell and to the Philanthropy Department team of Patti Santoni, Emily Fowler, and Lisa Zehring.

Charlie Eichenlaub
Scholars’ Committee Chair

33rd Annual Scholars’ Ceremony

Everyone is welcome!

Please join us for the virtual 33rd Annual Scholars’ Ceremony on May 19th at 7 PM on Channel 972. This year we will be celebrating our 2021 Scholars Class of 39 students. Each year this event allows us to celebrate the accomplishments of our talented student-employees and their special relationship with our residents.

Our 2021 Scholars’ Fund campaign wrapped up on April 30, but donations can still be accepted through the Philanthropy office. All campaign donors will receive a Program Book for the event in their cubby before the airing. Our program will also include the Book of Letters, which is a wonderful collection of thank you notes from our 2021 Scholars. As you know, our goal this year is $200,000 and our final total will be revealed during the Ceremony by Patti Santoni, our Philanthropy Director. To those of you who have given so generously, we thank you!

We look forward to our 2021 Ceremony, which will once again be virtual. The ceremony will include celebrating our new scholars as well as bringing back a past scholar to share her insights with both the residents and the new Scholar Class. This year’s guest speaker is Alyssa K. Cole, who is a fruit of our Scholars’ Program from the Class of 2011, returning 10 years later to be a part of our ceremony. Alyssa attended CCBC, UMES (B.S.), then Morgan State University, and LSU for her Master of Arts degree. Alyssa serves the DC/Baltimore areas through her own firm, AKC Career Consulting, and is a published Author and Poet. Her website and blog is www.alyssakcole.com.

In addition, we will also be announcing the recipients of our special Named and Partnership Scholarships during our virtual ceremony. These awards are sponsored by residents, groups, and area institutions. These monies are in addition to our Charlestown Scholarship to give these high-performing students an additional boost as they pursue their higher education. The winners were chosen by the Charlestown Scholar Committee after interviewing each of the 18 applicants individually.

A special note of appreciation to our Scholar Committee members: Norma Goldberg, Roland Gray, Mel Milio, Marie Skane, Ed DeLong, Jackie Graham, Eugenia High, Mimi O’Donnell, and to the Philanthropy Department team of Patti Santoni, Emily Fowler, and Lisa Zehring for all of their efforts with our Scholar Program.

We will miss celebrating with you in person, but please know that your generous and ongoing support for our students and our Scholars Program is greatly appreciated!

Charlie Eichenlaub
Scholars’ Fund Committee (Chair)

33rd Charlestown Scholars’ Program Campaign Continues through April 30

Scholars' Program

We as a community have committed to supporting students pursuing advanced education through our Scholars’ Fund. A total of 39 Scholar Candidates have been accepted into the Charlestown Scholarship Program for 2021. This includes 35 Traditional Scholars and 4 One-Year Scholars.

To qualify as a Scholar Candidate, our student-employees must meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and will have worked at least 1,000 hours at Charlestown by mid-May. You will see our Scholar Candidates wearing their blue “Scholar Candidate” masks as part of their uniform, and posters of the candidates have been placed around campus. Please take a moment to congratulate and encourage the Scholar Candidates as you see them in your dining rooms, throughout campus delivering your meals, and doing other tasks.

In addition to our traditional scholarships, 21 of our Scholar Candidates and current Scholars still working at Charlestown, who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, have applied for our special Named Scholarship awards. The Named Scholarships offered are the Fenton & Robb Memorial Scholarship, Andrew Murray Meyers, The Bettye Gray Memorial Scholarship, and the Treasure Sale Scholarship. Our Named Scholarships are a wonderful way to make a difference for a deserving student and to have a legacy of education for our student employees. We also continue to offer Partnership Scholarships sponsored by CCBC, Coppin State University, Towson, UMBC, and new this year, Morgan State University. The Scholars’ Committee will interview each of the 21 Applicants beginning April 5, and the recipients will be announced during the Virtual Scholars’ Ceremony on May 19th.

The Scholar Campaign continues through April 30th. Our Campaign goal is to raise $200,000 for the program and to achieve 100% participation among our residents. With everyone’s help, we know this is achievable. This is your chance to make a difference and to help change a young person’s life for the better. Campaign materials were distributed to your cubby on March 15th.

Ways to Contribute

The gift of education can be priceless, so please consider making a donation. You can make your donation to the 2021 Scholars’ Campaign via cash, check, credit card or resident account. Drop off the campaign envelope at your front desk. You can also designate a donation to be made monthly on your donation card via credit card or resident account. Contact the Philanthropy Office in Cross Creek if you need additional information. Checks may be made payable to the Scholars’ Fund. Online, you may use the My Erickson website Gift Box Donate icon for contributing to the Scholar Fund. Non-Residents can log in to the My Erickson app as a guest to donate. You may also share the link: elm.convio.net/CharlestownSCH

The Scholar Fund is funded by residents. Donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowed by law, and all monies collected are restricted to the Scholar Fund. As with our Benevolent Care Fund, some residents find it desirable to request a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) as part of their required minimum distribution (RMD) from their IRA trustee, directly to our Philanthropy Department for the Scholars’ Fund (see Lisa Zehring for details).

Any questions about the program may be directed to our Scholars’ Committee members, who are easily identifiable in our black “Scholar Committee” masks: Norma Goldberg, Roland Gray, Mel Milio, Marie Skane, Ed DeLong, Jackie Graham, Eugenia High, and Mimi O’Donnell; or contact Lisa Zehring in the Philanthropy Office at 410-737-8838 ext.8397.

Please mark your calendars for the Scholar Ceremony to be aired Wed., May 19, 2021 at 7 PM.

Thank you for supporting our Charlestown Scholars!

Charlie Eichenlaub
Scholars’ Committee Chair

Farewell and Thank You to Our Scholars!

This year has certainly been different for everyone, but we have especially asked more from our students and staff than ever before during the pandemic. The students were asked to switch from serving or bussing in our restaurants, to adeptly sorting, packaging, labeling, and delivering to apartments among various tasks. They have answered our needs and have served us well, all with a smile, and all the while waiting to hear what the future will bring for them with the uncertainties of colleges deliberating their openings in the fall.

This month we will be saying goodbye to some of our Class of 2020 Scholars as they venture off to their respective colleges. In some cases, not only are they leaving Charlestown, but some will be moving away from home as well.

We once again thank each of our residents who make donations to our Scholar Fund. This program is only as successful as the residents that fund it, and we have been so fortunate to have your consistent support. These scholarships help to alleviate some financial burdens that our student employees experience in the pursuit of their education, and can sometimes make the difference in them being able to earn their degree.

Any Scholar Fund questions may be directed to our Scholar Committee members: Norma Snow-Goldberg, Roland Gray, Mel Milio, Marie Skane, Ed Delong, Jackie Graham, Eugenia High, Mimi O’Donnell or me, or contact Lisa Zehring in the Philanthropy Office at 410-737-8892 x8397.

Thank you for supporting our Charlestown Scholars!

Charlie Eichenlaub
Scholar Committee Chair

Scholars’ Fund Campaign Goal Accomplished!

Scholars' Program

THANK YOU and congratulations Charlestown residents! With your support and generous donations, our 2020 Campaign exceeded the goal and raised a total of $218,266 for the Charlestown Scholars’ Program. This year’s campaign had the challenge of occurring in the early days of a pandemic outbreak, so while our participation was at its lowest amount this year (46%), we were thankful for a generous realized planned gift of over $28,800 from the estate of Connie Morrison to help us exceed our goal.

The Charlestown Scholars’ Program allows us to offer academic financial assistance to our eligible student-employees. This year we extended this program to include a One-Year scholarship to our staff for adult-learners who are looking to pursue their education in coursework related to the Charlestown scope of business. Traditional Scholars will receive up to $2000 per year for up to 4 years, sent to their school to offset their academic tuition expenses. The One-Year Scholars will receive up to $2000 for one year, sent to their school, with the potential option to renew.

On Saturday, June 6th the “Virtual” Scholars’ Ceremony aired on Ch.972, and then was repeated over the next week. If you did not catch it, be sure to log in to MyErickson, under Community Videos to view it there. The ceremony allowed us the opportunity to celebrate our incoming class of 31 new Scholars who will join the current 85 active Scholars. It was announced during this ceremony that we had 19 Charlestown Scholars earn their college degrees this past year!

In addition to the Charlestown Scholarship, the Scholar candidates had an opportunity to apply for additional merit-based Named Scholarships. The following Scholars received these special awards:

Eniola Osunnuga, The Andrew Murray Myers Scholarship ($2000)
Kaiyah Covington, The Fenton & Ted Robb Memorial Scholarship ($2000)
Niya Carroll, The Committee Recognition Award ($1000)
Justice Mitchell, Community College of Baltimore County 2-year Award for $250 each year ($500)
Lisa Peoples, Community College of Baltimore County 2-year Award for $250 each year ($500)

Named Scholarships are funded by individuals or groups, and are provided to the selected students in addition to their Charlestown Scholarship. This year we had a new Named Scholarship Award, The Fenton and Ted Robb Memorial Scholarship. This award was established by two sisters, Nancy King and Karen Robb, in memory of their parents, Fenton (Smith) Robb and Ted Robb, who also lived here at Charlestown. Special scholarships need not be memorials but can also be established as a living tribute to friends and/or family members. Imagine what a delight a family member or special friend would have to meet a scholar who will be benefiting from such generous giving. If you are interested in learning more about establishing a Named Scholarship to be included in our Scholars’ Program, please contact Lisa Zehring in the Philanthropy office for more information.

We are grateful to this year’s guest speaker, Greg Johnson, our Charlestown Manager of Customer Service and Communications. His theme of “I remember when” took us back to his first day at Charlestown in 1999 and his experiences on our dining staff, through college. He became a Trainer and Asst. Manager of the Chesapeake Restaurant, which, no doubt, helped him as the leader of the transitory Concierge program during this pandemic.

Again, we thank all who have supported this campaign to make it so successful. The gift of education can be priceless, and donations can be made year-round in many ways. You can give monthly via your Resident Account or Credit Card. Check and/or cash donations can be sent to the Philanthropy Office in Cross Creek. Checks may be made payable to the Scholars’ Fund. In addition, a new easy way to give to both the Scholars Fund and the Benevolent Care Fund, is online through your MyErickson page. You may also explore giving opportunities with the recent Cares Act, or Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs), for both Benevolent Care and Scholars’ Funds. Contact Philanthropy for details.

As always, my sincere thanks of appreciation to our Scholars’ Committee members: Norma Goldberg, Roland Gray, Mel Milio, Marie Skane, Ed DeLong, Jackie Graham, Eugenia High, and Mimi O’Donnell, and also to the Philanthropy Department team of Patti Santoni, Emily Fowler, and Lisa Zehring.

Charlie Eichenlaub
Scholars’ Fund Committee (Chair)