University of Maryland Extension

2017 Scholarship Winner

Charles County Master Gardeners Announce 

Their 2017 Scholarship Recipient

Charles County Master Gardeners are pleased to announce the recipient for the annual Charles County Master Gardener Scholarship.  Anthony Johnson II, graduated from Westlake High School, completed demanding academic courses, and attended programs that provided a background for his future studies and career.  The student’s application included a detailed resume, an essay about his academic accomplishments and goals, letters of recommendation, and an official transcript.  

Anthony Johnson II exceled in the school’s academic program, which included many Advanced Placement and Honors classes.  Even with challenging coursework, he maintained a high GPA.  Also, as a well-rounded student, he lettered in football and ran in the indoor and outdoor track state champion team. 

In addition to his rigorous scholastic program and sports activities, Anthony focused his attention on studies that could lead to his career as a marine scientist.  In the summer of 2015, he attended Gains in the Education of Math and Science camp in Silver Spring, MD, where he learned about aerodynamics, including factors in flight capabilities.  That same summer, he participated in Splash into Science – Florida Educational Excursion in the Florida Keys where he learned to observe, identify, and evaluate the health of marine flora and fauna.  Later in the summer, he attended O.C.E.A.N.s Youth Program at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC, to explore a variety of marine habitats, analyze sonar data, and study wave formation.  During the summer of 2016, he studied at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, MD, where he worked with a research scientist and graduate students to study the blue crab population, maintained records of data documentation, prepared written reports and presented to research scientists, graduate students, and interns. 

According to Eric Scott, Assistant Research Professor at the UMCES-Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, “He was responsible for not just producing data, but … thinking about what it meant…He did an excellent job and was the only high school student among 14 college interns.  Two attendees of that research symposium told me that they thought Anthony’s was one of the clearest of the day’s presentations.” 

The Master Gardener Scholarship of $1,000.00 will help this student in his pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Science and a minor in Biology at Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina. The Maryland Master Gardener Program is a volunteer educational organization of the University of Maryland Extension (UME).  The Master Gardener program “…puts research-based knowledge and environmental power into the hands of people who want to create sustainable gardens and landscapes, and protect and improve natural resources.  Master Gardeners are citizens from all walks of life who combine their love of plants, people, and the environment to help residents solve problems and make environmentally-sound decisions on public and private properties.”   

Written by Kathleen Jenkins, CCMG

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