Upper Marlboro, MD ... Sheriff Melvin C. High awarded scholarships to three Prince George’s County 2014 High School graduates today during the fourth annual Sheriff Melvin C. High Scholarship Awards Reception, at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD.
This year’s winners are Destiny Talley, a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School who will be attending the University of North Carolina, majoring in Biology; Leslie Ikpeze of Largo High School who will be attending Towson University, majoring in Exercise Science; and Tobenna Mbonu of Bowie High School who will be attending the University of Maryland, majoring in Biology. All of the recipients begin college in the fall.
Of the scholarships which he personally funds, Sheriff High said, “This scholarship is something I do because my interest is in young people reaching their greatest potential and because someone helped me.”
LTC. Regina Taylor, Field Operations Bureau Chief said that each of the recipients was highly acclaimed by several faculty members from their respective high schools who described them as selfless, diligent, and very gifted. While their academic and extracurricular achievements varied, each recipient is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS) which requires its members to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 85% or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale throughout their high school career.
As they accepted their scholarships, each recipient expressed gratitude to the Office of the Sheriff and Sheriff High especially for his generosity as he fully funded each scholarship personally.
“These young ladies all distinguished themselves, because of their appreciation for and understanding of hard work, sacrifice and perseverance.” said Lt. Colonel Taylor.
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