University of Maryland Extension

2018 Scholarship Winner

Charles County Master Gardeners Announce

The 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Charles County Master Gardeners have awarded one $1,000.00 scholarship to a graduating Henry E. Lackey High School senior, who plans to pursue studies in the areas of agriculture and animal sciences.

Hayley Tanner, this year’s recipient and outstanding student, earned an un-weighted GPA of 3.76 while holding dual enrollments at Henry E. Lackey High School and the College of Southern Maryland.  She has won multiple Principal Honor’s Awards and was selected to be a member of the National Honor Society.

She exhibited leadership and prepared for her future career through several organizations and activities.   As a nine-year member of 4-H, she held offices of President, Reporter, and Historian.  She has been a member of the Farmers Fortune 4-H Club, participated as a 4-H Overnight Camp Tribe Leader, and attended the West Virginia Older Members Conference Leadership Camp to work on her leadership skills.   She has used these skills to volunteer and judge livestock at the Charles County Fair, where she won the 4-H Herdsman and County Champion Public Speaker.   Also, she exhibited leadership as Captain of the Henry E. Lackey Softball Team while in high school.  In addition, she earned Varsity Letters in field hockey and lacrosse, and the Minds in Motion Athletic Achievement Award for each year of high school.  Both letters of recommendation stated that she was an outstanding leader and motivator for other students with effective time management abilities while she demonstrated an exceptional work ethic.

As a volunteer, Hayley has been involved with school and community organizations.  A sample of her activities included donating to Toys for Tots in Washington, DC, serving Thanksgiving meals to senior citizens, stuffing Christmas stockings for children in need at Mt. Hope Elementary School, creating blankets for the Ronald McDonald shelter in Baltimore, and participating in the Potomac River cleanup with her biology class.  Hayley’s employment record included working as a Tall Pines Horse Camp Counselor and for Hancock Family Farms during her summers.

With her accomplishments in academic, athletic, and leadership areas, it is likely that she will succeed in the future.  David Hancock, her employer, wrote a letter of recommendation, which stated: “Her attributes are all across the board, and her people skills are exceptional…the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people is key.  Hayley has mastered the ability to do just this.  Also, her ability to do physical work is a great asset.  No matter what is asked of her, she always does it well, and with a smile on her face.”  Christina Laverty, her mathematics teacher, stated: “Throughout these different activities, Hayley has demonstrated her leadership skills while leaving high standards for those who will follow in her place… I give Hayley my highest recommendation possible.” 

The Master Gardener Scholarship of $1,000.00 will help Hayley continue pursuing her goals at the College of Southern Maryland and the University of Maryland.  Hayley plans to finish her coursework to obtain a degree in Business at the College of Southern Maryland and transfer to the University of Maryland to study Agriculture and Animal Science.  Her ultimate career goal is to work for the United State Department of Agriculture. 

The Maryland Master Gardener program is a volunteer educational organization of the University of Maryland Extension (UME).  According to the UMD website, 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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