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  About the Scholarship
The SSgt Karl G. Taylor, Sr. Detachment 1084 offers $1000.00 scholarship(s) to highly qualified graduating high school seniors who reside in Howard County. Applicants should be well rounded students with scholastic achievement, community involvement, and a desire to make a difference in the world.

While our detachment bears the name of SSgt Karl G. Taylor, Sr., our scholarship is named after one of our founding members, Ms. Bobbie Flock, who passed away on July 19, 2008 at the age of 86. Bobbie was a Staff Sergeant and was a WWII veteran. She earned the utmost respect from every detachment member and exemplified many of the fine qualities we seek in our scholarship recipients. Thus, it is only fitting that our scholarship be called the "Bobbie Flock" memorial scholarship.

  Applying for the scholarship
Scholarship recipients have already been selected for 2017. Bookmark this page and return in January 2018 for information on applying.

  Scholarship Committee
Scholarship committee chairperson: Gordon MacPhee, 410-290-8014.
Scholarship committee members: Kevin Oliver, Bill Pastino, Mike Betts, and Dennis Graham.
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     2003: $250
     2004: $500
     2005: $750
     2006: $750
     2007: $500
     2008: $500
     2010: $250
     2011: $250
     2012: $250
     2013: $250
     2014: $250
     2015: $250
     2016: $750
     2017: $750

  Fifteenth Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
Scholarship committee members: Gordon MacPhee (chairperson), Kevin Oliver, Dennis Graham, Mike Betts, and Bill Pastino.

On July 25, 2017, 2000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Christina Kratzmeier and Jennifer Zhang.



Christina is a graduate of Glenelg High School who will attend the University of Maryland and Honors College at College Park to double major in biochemistry and mathematics.

Christina's former calculus teacher says
Christina is an outstanding young woman that truly stands out. She's not the one in one hundred; the's the one in one thousand.

Her former chemistry teacher says
Perhaps her greatest asset in the classroom is that she is not afraid to make mistakes. Although her quick mind usually leads her to the correct ideas...she is adept at learning from mistakes and misconceptions and coming to a solid understanding of the material.

Her accomplishments include the following:
  • Member of the Math, Science, and German National Honor Societies.
  • Served as junior coach and team captain of the Kangaroo Kids Precision Jump Rope Team.
  • Volunteered at the Saint Louis Catholic Church.
  • Interned in chemical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Member of the Key Club.
  • Ambassador Girl Scout, earning both the Bronze and Silver Awards.
  • Achieved a 4.69 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and a 4.00 unweighted GPA.
  •         Christina Kratzmeier

    Jennifer is a graduate of River Hill High School who will be attending the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia to study healthcare management. Her goal is to become a hospital executive.

    Jennifer's former English teacher says
    She [Jennifer] has a tremendous drive to succeed, is bright and articulate, and exercises excellent organization and leadership skills.

    Jennifer's guidance counselor says
    Her passion is centered around community service. She has completed over 1000 hours of service, and continues to increase this number.

    Her accomplishments include the following:
  • Served as Chairperson of the River Hill Teen Advisory Committee.
  • Ran the River Hill Health Fair.
  • Interned at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  • Worked as tutor and translator.
  • Received a bronze medal for the National French Competition.
  • Played violin in the Maryland all-state junior and senior orchestra.
  • Achieved a 4.91 weighted and a 4.00 unweighted GPA.
  •         Jennifer Zhang

    Shown below are the scholarhip recipients, their families, and detachment members.
            Scholarship recipients, family, and committee chairperson

      Fourteenth Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    Scholarship committee members: Gordon MacPhee (chairperson), Kevin Oliver, Dennis Graham, Mike Betts, and Bill Pastino.

    On July 26, 2016, 2000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Robert Michele and Nathan Bechetti.



    Robert is a graduate of Glenelg High School who will attend Wake Forest University to double major in mathematics and economics with the goal of using these disciplines to support national defense. His school counselor says that he has, "unarguable intelligence and drive, solid core values, and [a] 'fear no failure' attitude."
  • Worked as an assistant coach for a Western Howard County Soccer League girls youth team for three years.
  • Played soccer for four years in high school.
  • Worked at First Fruits Farm, a non-profit farm dedicated to providing fresh produce to area shelters and food banks.
  • Volunteered as a tutor through the National Honor Society.
  • Volunteered at the Saint Louis Catholic Church.
  • Served as a teacher's assistant.
  • Participated in the high school band.
  • Learned valuable agricultural and business skills by running a commercial garden.
  • Achieved a 4.67 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and a 4.00 unweighted GPA.
  •         Robert Michele

    Nathan is a graduate of Oakland Mills High School who will be attending Towson University to study secondary education. He later plans to teach mathematics in high school. His Director of Theatre Arts says that Nathan has, "exhibited model behavior for an aspiring teacher."
  • Served as peer mediator.
  • Ran on the cross country team and eventually became team leader.
  • Participated in Chamber Choir.
  • Studied Tae Kwon Do since the age of four and has volunteered in assisting junior students.
  • Volunteered at the local VFW.
  • Nominated for the National Thespian Society.
  • Achieved a 3.86 weighted GPA.
  •         Nathan Bechetti

    Shown below are the scholarhip recipients, their families, and detachment members.
            Scholarship recipients, family, and committee chairperson
            Scholarship recipients, family, detachment, and committee chairperson

      Thirteenth Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    Scholarship committee members: Gordon MacPhee (chairperson), Dennis Graham, Mike Betts, Kevin Oliver, and Bill Pastino.

    On July 28, 2015, 2000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Caroline Goyne and Athena Kan.



    Caroline is a graduate of Hammond High School who will attend Towson University to study secondary education - mathematics. She already has some relevant experience as a volunteer teacher in her high school's nursery. Her math teacher describes her as "a strong leader" who shows "enthusiasm for mathematics, as well as any instructional activity."
  • Served as Senior Class President.
  • Member of several honor societies: Mathematics, National Technical, Future Educators Assocation, National, and National Dance.
  • Captain of the Dance Company.
  • Helped lead school-wide service events: Stop Hunger Now and the Grassroots Foundation.
  • Planned Smartphone Device Drive at her school.
  • Captain of several sports teams: field hockey, basketball, dance, and softball.
  • Received Distinguished Athlete Award from Marine Corps.
  • Spent 13 years in Girl Scouts.
  • Achieved a 4.63 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and a 3.93 unweighted GPA.
  •         Caroline Goyne

    Athena is a graduate of River Hill High School who will attend Harvard College where to study economics and applied math while exploring public health opportunities at the university's graduate School of Public Health. Her long-term goal is to be a social entrepreneur or a physician who develops economically viable solutions to pressing public health issues.
  • Performed research on the effect of socioeconomic status on childhood obesity.
  • Presented research findings at international National Institute of Health symposium.
  • Co-authored a paper on care management surveys.
  • Worked as a research assistant at the Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Disparities.
  • Co-founded the Coalition Halting Obesity in Children Everywhere (CHOICE), a non-profit organization dedicated to public health.
  • Member of the Howard County DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council.
  • Student representative for the Howard County Commission for Women.
  • Recipient of the Maryland Governor's Service Award.
  • Recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award.
  • Achieved a 4.89 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and a 4.00 unweighted GPA.
  •         Athena Kan

      Twelfth Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    Scholarship committee members: Gordon MacPhee (chairperson), Dennis Graham, Mike Betts, Kevin Oliver, and Bill Pastino.

    On July 22, 2014, 2000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Nicolette Wolfrey and Erica Younkin.



    Nicolette is a graduate of Glenelg High School who will attend the University of Maryland College Park Honors College to study government and politics. Her English teacher says she has the ability to "lead others with the warmth, dedication, and integrity we would like to see in our nation's leaders."
  • Served as President of the Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars Council.
  • Served as President of the Spur and Stirrups 4-H Club.
  • Served as Vice President of the Latin National Honors Society.
  • Mentored incoming freshmen as a member of Gladiators on the Horizon.
  • Worked as a tutor and manager of National Honors Society (NHS) Glentutors.
  • Volunteered to make lunches for local homeless shelters.
  • Member of the Senior Class and Executive Board Student Government Association (SGA).
  • Member of the Future Business Leaders of America
  • Member of the Key Club
  • Achieved a 4.64 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and a 4.00 unweighted GPA.
            Nicolette Wolfrey

    Erica is also a graduate of Glenelg High School who will attend the University of Maryland College Park Honors College to study speech pathology. Erica's science teacher describes her as "truly gifted and talented and in the top 5% of students." She demonstrated her potential by taking first prize in a science fair with an independent research project.
  • Served as the Secretary of the Student Government Association (SGA).
  • Member of three high school choirs and member of the all-state choir.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.
  • Member of the National Math Honor Society.
  • Member of the Key Club.
  • Recipient of the Ben Carson Scholar Award.
  • Volunteer at the Baltimore County Christian work camp.
  • Volunteer at the Baltimore and Frederick soup kitchens.
  • Volunteer at horse rescue farm.
  • Achieved a 4.67 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and a 4.00 unweighted GPA.
  •         Erica Younkin

    Shown below are the scholarhip recipients, their families, and detachment members.
            Scholarship recipients, family, and detachment members

      Eleventh Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    Scholarship committee members: Gordon MacPhee (chairperson), Dennis Graham, Kevin Oliver, Mike Betts, and Bill Pastino.

    On July 23, 2013, 3000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Heather Konstanzer, Erika Koontz, and Samantha Vermillion.



    Heather Konstanzer is a graduate of Reservoir High School who will attend Duquesne University to study nursing. Heather has worked hard to achieve her goals by enrolling in a special Allied Health course in her junior year and then graduating from high school as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
  • Member of the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society.
  • Ran on the varsity cross country team - member of the 2012 State Champion team.
  • Ran on the varsity outdoor track and field team - member of the 2011 State Champion team and 2 mile record holder.
  • Played junior varsity and varsity soccer.
  • Participant in numerous St. Francis of Assisi activities to include the Health Ministry Team, Liturgy Team, and Youth Ministry Leadership Team.
  • Volunteers at Bridges to Housing Stability, Elizabeth House Soup Kitchen, Gilchrist Hospice, Young Neighbors in Action, Carroll County 4-H, Graces Clothes Closet, High Hopes for Haiti, Maryland Youth Advisory Council, and Sinai Hospital.
  • Student of the Quarter at the Allied Health Academy.
  • Achieved a 4.62 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and a 4.00 unweighted GPA.
  •         Heather Konstanzer

    Erika Koontz is a graduate of Glenlg High School who will attend Washington College. There she will pursue a double major in environmental studies and Spanish. She hopes to help solve environmental problems and convey a message of environmental protection and preservation to the English and Spanish speaking communities.
  • Recipient of the Spanish National Honor Society Award.
  • Recipient of the Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars Director's Award.
  • Recipient of the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) World Language Award for Spanish.
  • Recipient of the PTSA Best Academic Student Award.
  • Recipient of the Federal Water Quality Association Award.
  • Recipient of the James and Anne Robinson Foundation Green Footprint Award for Student Environmental Leadership.
  • Served as President and Vice President of the Spanish National Honor Society.
  • Served as Vice President of Sustainability of Venturing Crew 202.
  • Volunteer with Assateague Island trail clean up, brown pelican conservation effort, tree planting at Freedom Park, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, Maryland Biological Stream Survey, and various tutoring programs.
  • Achieved a 4.45 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and a 4.00 unweighted GPA.
  •         Erika Koontz
    Erika was unable to attend the award ceremony but her parents, Sarah and Henry Koontz, were there to accept the award on her behalf.
            Erika Koontz

    Samantha (Sam) Vermillion is a graduate of Hammond High School who will attend the University of Maryland College Park. She will pursue a degree in engineering where she will be able to use her love of mathematics and science to help solve real world problems. When Samantha isn't studying or participating in extracurricular school activities, she can be found volunteering her time in the community and inspiring others to do the same.
  • Member of the soccer team.
  • Member of the track team.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.
  • Member of the Spanish Honor Society.
  • Member of the Spanish Club.
  • Member of the school musical pit band.
  • Member of the book club.
  • Member of the Student Leadership Cadre.
  • Member of the Community Service Committee.
  • Head of the School Spirit Committee.
  • Volunteer to help renovate the Carroll Baldwin Memorial Hall.
  • Volunteer at Savage Fest.
  • Achieved a 4.40 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and a 3.84 unweighted GPA.
  •         Samantha Vermillion

    Shown below are the scholarhip recipients, their families, and detachment members.
            Scholarship recipients, family, and detachment members

    In August 2014, we received an update on Samantha.

    I am currently entering my second year at the University of Maryland College Park, and am majoring in mechanical engineering. Last year I helped organize an event that promoted awareness of human trafficking and raised enough money to build a school in rural India and furnish it with teachers. Both last year and this year I have had the opportunity to volunteer for numerous resident life events. This year I hope to get even more involved with events and groups around campus.
      Tenth Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    Scholarship committee members: Gordon MacPhee (chairperson), Kevin Oliver, and Bill Pastino.

    On July 24, 2012, 2000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Emma Boone and Amy Buettner.



    Emma Boone is a graduate of Wilde Lake High School who will attend Georgetown University.
  • Vice President of the National Honor Society.
  • Vice President of the National Tri-M Music National Honor Society.
  • Band President.
  • Captain of the varsity cross country team.
  • Captain of the varsity indoor track team.
  • Captain of the varsity outdoor track team.
  • Achieved a 4.6 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA).
  •         Emma Boone

    Amy Buettner is a graduate of Marriotts Ridge High School who will attend Bridgewater College where she will major in pre-med biology and Spanish.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.
  • Member of the track and field team.
  • Member of the Jewelry Club.
  • Member of the Interact Club, an international service organization.
  • Serves as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
  • Achieved a 4.02 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA).
  •         Amy Buettner

    Shown below are the scholarhip recipients, their families, and detachment members.
            Scholarship recipients, family, and detachment members

      Ninth Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    Scholarship committee members: Dennis Starliper (chairperson), Gordon MacPhee, Bill Pastino, and Mike Betts.

    On July 26, 2011, 1000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Kaitlin LaGrasta.



    Kaitlin LaGrasta of Laurel is a graduate of Reservoir High School who will attend the University of Virginia where she will focus on Anthropology.
  • Participated in Advanced Placement, Gifted and Talented, and Honors Curriculum programs.
  • Achieved a 4.67 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and a perfect 4.0 unweighted GPA, which placed her number one in her graduating class of 351.
  • Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor
  • Maryland Distinguished Scholar Honorable Mention
  • National Honor Society
  • Spanish National Honor Society
  • Section Leader for the Reservoir High School drumline
  • Membership in the symphonic band, full orchestra, concert choir, and women's choir
  • Captain of Marimbas on Fire
  • Swimmer with the Hammond Park Stingrays where she earned an Amateur Athletic Unionn (AAU) Athlete of the Year nomination
  •         Kaitlin LaGrasta
    Shown below is Kaitlin, her families, and detachment members.
            Scholarship recipient, family, and detachment members

    In December 2014, we received an update on Kaitlin.

    I am an anthropology and Spanish double major with a minor in art history, and I have a 3.8 cumulative GPA. I will graduate from the University of Virginia in May and I hope to pursue a career in archaeology. I did my archaeological field school at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in 2013, and I received a scholarship toward tuition. I also applied for and received a Dean's scholarship in my second year. Last spring in my third year, I studied abroad for a semester in Valencia, Spain. I had the opportunity to travel within Spain and to London and Italy. It was my first time out of the country, and I had a wonderful experience and I can't wait until I get to go back! For the past four fall semesters, I played bass drum in the Cavalier Marching Band, for which I also received a scholarship. I also spent some time working in the band office. Through the marching band I became involved with Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity, which organizes a lot of service and music-oriented social events at UVa and within the Charlottesville community. Since second year, I have also been involved with the Native American Student Union. This has given me the chance to meet and befriend people of all different backgrounds, and become more knowledgeable about indigenous experiences within the United States and Canada. This past summer, I interned as a collections assistant at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, the only museum solely dedicated to Aboriginal Australian art in the United States. Although the internship was only for a few months, I still spend some time each week at the museum doing independent research using works in the collection to write a thesis for the Distinguished Majors Program in anthropology.

    I am incredibly grateful for the Marine Corps League scholarship because it not only helped me attend school, but it gave me the confidence to apply for more scholarships for other opportunities such as field school. I am also incredibly grateful because I know the scholarship has helped and will help other deserving students who have lots of potential to advance their education and become great assets to their communities.


    In June 2015, Kaitlin's father reported that she graduated with honors and is pursuing her passion. Kaitlin is another fine example of how our scholarship money is being put to good use.
      Eighth Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    Scholarship committee members: Dennis Starliper (chairperson), Mike Betts, and Dave Papak.

    On July 27, 2010, 3000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Alex Alberg, Madeline Matotek, and Mihir Patel.



    Alex Alberg of Sykesville is a graduate of Marriotts Ridge High School who will attend the University of Maryland College Park. Within the university, Alex will study at the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences where he will major in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. He plans to pursue a career in engineering.
  • Participated in Advanced Placement, Gifted and Talented, and Honors Curriculum programs.
  • Achieved a 4.40 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • National Honor Society inductee and Math team member.
  • Honorable mention for Maryland Distinguished Scholars.
  • Captain of University of Maryland Programming Competition team 2009 and 2010.
  • Performs audio/visual support for the West Friendship Elementary School.
  • Member of the Howard County Math League – 3 years.
  • Member of the American Regions Math League – 2 years.
  • Member of the Future Business Leaders of America – 3 years.
  • Member of the American Computer Science League – 4 years.
  • Runs a school based company called Stang Software.
  •         Alex Alberg

    Madeline Matotek of Ellicott City is a graduate of Howard High School who will attend the University of Maryland College Park where she will focus on International Studies.
  • Achieved a 4.19 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Member of the National Honor Society.
  • Twelve year Girl Scout who has earned the coveted Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest possible achievement in the Girl Scouts.
  • Served as a camp counselor for 5 years.
  • President of the French Club.
  • Fifteen year parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Ellicott City.
  • Active participant in annual spiritual youth retreats.
  • Assists at Our Daily Bread.
  • Accomplished dancer and model.
  • Has raised money for the homeless in Baltimore by modeling evening gowns for a charity event at Ravens stadium.
  •         Madeline Matotek

    Mihir Patel of Columbia is a graduate of Atholton High School who will attend the University of Maryland College Park and the Honors College. Mihir's career goal is to become an aerospace engineer.
  • Achieved a 4.79 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) and an unweighted 3.95 GPA.
  • Ranked number one out of a class of 332.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.
  • Member of the Science National Honor Society.
  • Member of the Spanish National Honor Society.
  • Received an Honorable Mention in the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Program.
  • His analysis of the August 2008 solar eclipse was published in the academic journal Solar Physics.
  • Member of the Student Council Executive Board.
  • President of the Future Business Leaders of America - 2 years.
  • Worked for the Howard County Recreation and Parks as an assistant tennis coach.
  • Volunteered teaching children to play the harmonium and Indian piano.
  • Involved with a socio-religious non-profit organization committed to humanitarian efforts in the fields of education, healthcare, social welfare and disaster relief.
  •         Mihir Patel

    Shown below are the scholarhip recipients, their families, and detachment members.
            Scholarship recipients, family, and detachment members

      Seventh Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    On July 28, 2009, 2000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Sarah Elena Bluher and Rahul Rajagopalan.



    Sarah Bluher of Ellicott City is a graduate of Centennial High School who will attend Princeton University in pursuit of an education and career in biological research.
  • Participant in the Advanced Placement (AP), Gifted and Talented (GT), and Honors curriculum.
  • Graduated number one out of a very competitive class of 354.
  • Achieved a 4.71 weighted Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Member of the National Honor Society (NHS).
  • Member of the Spanish Honor Society.
  • A National Merit Semi-finalist.
  • Has a strong interest in music, sports and community development.
  • A member of Centennial's Concert Choir, Madrigals, and the Peabody Choir.
  • An accomplished piano player. She is a recipient of both the Peabody Preparatory Performance Award and the Peabody Achievement Award.
  • Has performed a vocal solo with the Columbia Orchestra.
  • Received a Gold Cup Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festivals and a Music Teachers Association of Greater Baltimore (MTAGB) Triple Crown for piano performance.
  • Worked on a Habitat for Humanity housing development project.
  • Performed research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research through a paid internship. She studied immune suppression from battlefield like stress by working with a U.S. Army Ranger Battalion cadets in a nine week training program involving severe physical exertion, calorie restrictions, and sleep deprivation.

  • Rahul Rajagopalan of Ellicott City is a graduate of Marriotts Ridge High School who will be attend the Engineering School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Participant in the Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars Program.
  • All academic classes taken were Gifted and Talented (GT), AP, or Honors.
  • Earned a perfect 4.00 Grade Point Average (GPA) creating a 4.74 weighted GPA.
  • Member of the National Honor Society (NHS).
  • Performed research on bio fuels as an energy alternative. Results were impressive enough to gain an audience with one of Maryland’s Senators. A presentation was made to the Senator's staff.
  • Volunteer of the Fidos for Freedom program - a nonprofit organization helping disabled persons become independent and have a productive life via assistive and therapy dogs.
  • A talented musician. He played both the clarinet and the piano in the school band as well as in the community. He is part of the Columbia Concert Band and uses this experience to raise public awareness that deaf people can be involved in and appreciate music.
  • The Commission on Disability Issues acknowledged Rahul with the Individual Student Achievement award.
  •   Sixth Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    On July 22, 2008, 3000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Devon Caldwell, Emily Casey, and Thao Anh Khuc. This is the first time three scholarship recipients were recognized.



    Devon Caldwell of Mt Airy, a graduate of Glenelg High School, will be attending the University of Virginia School of Engineering.
  • Participated in the Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars Program.
  • Unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 4.00; ranked number one out of 288. Weighted GPA of 4.64; ranked number 4 out of 288.
  • Served as Vice President of National Honor Society (NHS).
  • Served as Treasurer of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for two years.
  • Served as class representative of the Leadership Council for three years.
  • Played varsity soccer.
  • Participated on the Math Team.
  • Volunteered with the Glenwood Lions Club.
  • Directed a fundraiser for the Howard County Conservancy.
  • Tutored math and science.
  • Worked as a purchasing and estimating assistant with a custom homebuilder.
  •         Devon Caldwell

    Emily Casey of Elkridge, a graduate of Chapelgate Christian Academy, will be attending Towson University's School of Nursing. Emily achieved great success in her Spanish class and in the Spring of 2008, she put these skills to use in Guatemala where she worked at the Monos de Amor (Hands of Love) clinic. She hopes to return to volunteer more of her time to this charitable organization.
  • Participated in the advanced placement and honors programs.
  • Unweighted GPA of 3.833.
  • Member of the National Honor Society (NHS).
  • Served as a tutor.
  • Played varsity softball.
  • Played junior varsity soccer.
  • Volunteered at the Howard County General Hospital.
  • Served as the Marine Corps League Auxiliary Junior Vice Commandant.
  • Active participant in the Marine Corps League Adopt-a-Highway road cleanup.

  • Thao "Niko" Anh Khuc of Fulton, a graduate of Reservoir High School, will be attending the University of Maryland where he will be a participant in the Gemstone Program, the number one undergraduate program at the University. Niko intends to pursue a career in legal studies and international relations. He aspires to someday serve on the Supreme Court.
  • Participated in the gifted and talented, advanced placement, and honors programs.
  • Unweighted GPA of 4.00; ranked number one out of 343. Weighted GPA of 4.43; ranked number 28 out of 343.
  • Served as Student Government Association President.
  • Served as Junior Class Vice President.
  • Member of the National Honor Society.
  • Member of the National Spanish Honor Society.
  • Member of the National Scouting Honor Society.
  • Earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
  •         Thao Anh Khuc

    The photo below shows the scholarship recipients, their families, the sponsor representative, members of the scholarship committee, and some of the detachment and auxiliary. 2008 marked a record turnout for the scholarship awards presentation.
            Group photo
      Fifth Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    On July 24, 2007, 2000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Joshua Ruffa and Brittany Shepherd, both 2007 graduating high school seniors from Howard County.



    Johsua graduated with a 3.90 unweighted and 4.40 weighted grade point average (GPA) from Reservoir High School. He is a talented musician and former President of the National Honor Society. Joshua donated his time to help with Red Cross Blood Drives and Helping Hands Canned Food Drives. He plans to study engineering at the University of Maryland. To help prepare for this endeavor, Joshua served as a summer intern at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center.
            Joshua Ruffa

    Brittany graduated with a 3.76 unweighted and 4.40 weighted GPA from Centennial High School. Like Joshua, she too is a talented musician. She played in the Junior All-State Band and the Columbia Concert Band. Brittany is also a gifted athlete, having played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Not only a participant, but a leader, Brittany has served as soccer and lacrosse captains, assistant coach, and Howard County Association of Student Councils Vice President. She plans to study engineering at Vanderbilt University.
            Brittany Shepherd

    Also recognized was one of our long time sponsors, Booz Allen Hamilton. Deon McGuire, the Booz Allen Hamilton Central Maryland community relations lead, accepted a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the company.
            Deon McGuire

    The photo below shows the scholarship recipients, their families, the sponsor representative, members of the scholarship committee, and some of the detachment and auxiliary.
            Group photo
      Fourth Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    On July 25, 2006, 2000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Michael Hassett and Christopher Jason Scott, both 2006 graduating senior high school students from Howard County.



    Michael graduated with a 4.00 unweighted and 4.57 weighted grade point average (GPA) from Reservoir High School. He also scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the scholastic aptitude test (SAT)! Michael plans to study mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Michael is also active in sports, excelling in lacrosse, basketball and soccer. He was even the 2006 Howard County Male Scholar Athlete of the Year!
            Michael Hassett with mother

    Christopher graduated with a 4.00 unweighted and a 4.39 weighted GPA from River Hill High School. He plans to study medicine at Eberly College of Science at Pennsylvania State University. Christopher is a champion cross country runner who spends much of his time doing volunteer work. This work includes organizing community-wide trash cleanup day, caring for neglected horses, volunteering at community road races, and removing invasive plant species.
            Christopher Scott graduation photo

    The photo below shows Deon McGuire (Booz Allen Hamilton Central Maryland community relations lead), Michael Hassett, the families of the scholarship recipients, detachment members, and auxiliary members. Christopher Scott was not able to attend since he is currently attending summer school. His parents accepted the award on his behalf.
            Group photo

    In June 2006, we received a letter from Michael.

    I had a pretty good first year. I played on the University of North Carolina club soccer team, which is competitive but not nearly the level that division one soccer is. We still traveled to places like Clemson, but it wasn't too much of a time committment. Other than that, I participated in several intramural games, which were fun because it's with friends and not too competitive.

    School was pretty good. It didn't take too long to get settled in with everything. My second semester was a little harder than the first. I took mostly introductory level classes to fulfill all the different requirements, and as of now I'm undecided on my major. I am leaning towards a major in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Sports Management, in addition to majoring in business.

    Other than that, school has been great, and it's very enjoyable to go to all the different sports games and other social events on campus. I'll be returning next year for sure.
      Third Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    On July 26, 2005, 2000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Alison Tarwater and (Erica) Nicole Beall, both 2005 graduating senior high school students from Howard County.



    Alison graduated top in her class from Long Reach High School and will be studying International Relations at Harvard University. Already proficient in French in Spanish, Alison is actively learning Arabic. Nicole graduated from Wilde Lake High School and will be attending New York University. While music, sports, studies, and work take up much of Nicole's time, she also finds time to give back to the community in many ways such as helping with the Appalachian Service Project and the Habitat for Humanity. Congratulations ladies and job well done!

    Shown below are some of the Marine Corps League members and the families of the scholarship recipients with Alison (2nd plaque holder) and Nicole (3rd plaque holder). Also shown are Sudhir Bahl (1st plaque holder) and Vivek Thaker (4th plaque holder) who jointly serve as the Booz Allen Hamilton central Maryland community relations lead. Booz Allen Hamilton was recognized for generously donating 750 dollars to the Marine Corps League scholarship fund. This photo later appeared in the Booz Allen Hamilton "Source" on-line newsletter.
            Alison Tarwater and (Erica) Nicole Beall

    In January 2006, we received a letter from Nicole.

    I hope these past few months have been as good to you as they have been to me. My first semester at NYU went very well, thanks to your help, and I will be starting my second semester on Tuesday. I would not have been able to go to such an intriguing institution without your help and the help of many others. My parents and I greatly appreciate your aid.

    ...Everything I have enjoyed this semester is due to the help of several organizations and my parents' support. During this holiday season I just wish to remember and recognize your help. I hope the holidays have found you all in good health and happiness. Good luck finding more students to help in coming years. I hope you know just how much your aid can make a difference. I will be sure to keep in touch.

      Second Annual Scholarship Award Presentation
    On June 22 and July 27, 2004, 2000 dollars in scholarship money was awarded to Valerie A. Cappelaere and Jordan L. Ambrose, both graduating senior high school students from Howard County.



    Valerie will be attending Northfield Mount Hermon School then move on to study engineering at the Naval Academy. Jordan will be studying biology at Pennsylvania State University. Outstanding job ladies!

    Shown left to right in back row are Kevin Oliver (Marine-for-life representative), Mike Betts (adjutant), William O'Neill (newsletter editor), Dennis Graham (paymaster), Frank "Kip" Kippenbrock (commandant), Jordan L. Ambrose (scholarship recipient), Summit Sampat (Booz Allen Hamilton central Maryland community relations lead), Pat Starliper (junior vice commandant), Saki (judge advocate and webmaster), Joe Roman (chaplain), and Chuck Casey (senior vice commandant). In front row from left to right are Janet Graham, Kathy Casey (auxiliary senior vice president and treasurer), Bobbie Flock (WW2 Marine), Gloria Roman (auxiliary junior vice president and secretary), and Mimi Kippenbrock (auxiliary president). Booz Allen Hamilton generously donated 500 dollars to the scholarship fund. This photo later appeared in the Marine Corps League National Magazine, Winter 2004, Volume 60, Number 4.
            Jordan L. Ambrose and fans

    The following is an update on Jordan Ambrose's first year of college, received March 2005, almost a year after she received her scholarship:

    Jordan completed 19 hours in her first term with a 3.4 GPA. She is taking 20 hours in her second semester is is doing about the same. In addition, she has been playing intermural basketball and working approximately 10 hours per week in a campus lab performing cancer research. She is one of the few freshmen to obtain such lab experience due in part to her work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She was asked to join a National Honor Fraternity called Psi Sigma Pi and she is the Vice President of her pledge class. She recently hosted a potential applicant to the school as part of the Women in Science Program. Additionally, she participated on a freshman panel for prospective students.

    Your support was well invested and while we don't yet know the full value of the return of investment, I know that she appreciates the support that you provided and that she will make a difference in the world. Your generosity helped enable her to attend Penn State. Please know that you made a difference and that it was important.

    Commandant Frank "Kip" Kippenbrock congratulates Valerie A. Cappelaere.
             Valerie A. Cappelaere, future Naval officer

    The following is from a message received from Valerie Cappelaere in March 2005, almost a year after she received her scholarship:

    I wanted to send you an email just to let you know how I've been doing since I started prep school in August. I'm currently home for my spring break vacation; it's so nice to be back and to spend time with my family. I just finished my winter term at prep school, which means I have one term left to go until I am finished (we're on a trimester schedule). I have been working very hard in school and have completed Chemistry, English, French, Genetics, and Ethics courses. I was busy playing soccer fall term and I took an intramural ice hockey class over the winter. I also joined the concert choir and a select women's singing group. All of these activities have kept me very busy and helped me survive my first New England winter!

    When I return back to school towards the end of the month, I will be playing lacrosse and working to get in shape for Plebe Summer. My Induction Day is set for 29 June. I am nervously and anxiously awaiting my Plebe year at the academy; I am counting down the days!

    Please extend this message to all of the members of your chapter of the Marine Corps League. I hope all is well with everyone and you and your family. I think about all of you often and I am very thankful for your support! I will keep you updated as my journey continues.


    In June 2005, Valerie provided us with another update. Evidently, the scholarship money she received was a worthwhile investment.

    I want to take the opportunity before I leave this Wednesday for the Naval Academy to send an email to you all. For the next six weeks I will have little access to the "outside world." I'm excited, nervous, and anxious to finally start my Plebe Summer! My mother offered to send email updates to my friends and family; keep posted for news and maybe a few pictures in the near future. Unfortunately, I will not have time to write letters to everyone. I hope you continue to enjoy the summer and know that I will be thinking about all of you who have encouraged and supported me in my journey thus far.
            Valerie Cappelaere as Plebe at the Naval Academy, 2005

    In June 2009, Valerie provided us with yet another update:

    I have come a long way since my prep school year, the year that the Marine Corps League sponsored me with a generous scholarship. I have since successfully completed my four years at the Naval Academy. I earned my degree in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in French. I even spent a semester in France on exchange with the French Army at their Military Academy/West Point equivalent. My service selection to the aviation community became a very clear goal of mine as I realized how much I loved learning about the mechanics of flight, astronautical engineering and design. I even spent a month training with Marines in Quantico, VA as I was exploring the possibility of Marine Corps aviation. My four years took me many places: Rome, England, Singapore, Australia, and other countries in Europe while both training and traveling. I have experienced some very "high" times and some "low" times as I'm learning how the military can be trying on a daily basis but overall a very rewarding privilege.

    I recently checked into NAS Pensacola, Florida just thirty days after my graduation on 22 May 2009. I am a Student Naval Aviator waiting to begin API (Aviation Pre-Indoctrination). My training to become a pilot will take about 2 years. My goal is to fly jets off of carriers, though I know this dream will only be achieved through hard work, determination and good timing.
            Valerie Cappelaere with jet, 2009

    On March 11, 2013, Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade Valerie Cappelaere Delaney died in an aircraft crash in near Spokane, Washington when the Navy EA-6B Prowler she was piloting crashed in a wheat field, killing the crew of three.
    - Sources: Baltimore Sun and The Spokesman-Review

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Valerie's passing. She will be greatly missed.
      First Annual Scholarship Award Presentation 2003
    On June 24, 2003, the Detachment presented two 500 dollar scholarships to Yiyang Wu and Hajin Kim, outstanding graduating seniors from Howard County. Keep up the great work ladies! Shown left to right are Frank "Kip" Kippenbrock (Scholarship Committee chairperson and Judge Advocate), Hajin Kim, Yiyang Wu, and Mike Betts (Commandant). Both ladies used their scholarship money to pursue degrees at Harvard University. Booz Allen Hamilton generously donated 250 dollars to the scholarship fund.
             2003 scholarship recipients
     
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