Awards recognize academics, school and community service performed by area high school, college students
Giant Food of Landover, Md. recently announced the 2017 recipients of the Izzy Cohen Memorial Scholarship and the Esther Peterson Memorial Grant. The winners represent a variety of high schools and colleges in the Mid-Atlantic region and were selected based on academic merit, association with Giant Food, school and community service. The scholarships, which total $50,000, will be used to support post-secondary education.
“One cornerstone of Giant’s commitment to being a better neighbor is our emphasis on education programs and assistance to students throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Gordon Reid, President of Giant Food of Landover, Md. “We are delighted to provide both the Izzy Cohen Memorial Scholarship and the Esther Peterson Memorial Grant to these 20 students as they continue their education.”
As one of the original founders of Giant Food 81 years ago, Izzy Cohen held a strong belief in the power of training and education. The annual scholarship honors his memory by awarding 10 high school or college students a $4,000 scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years.
Esther Peterson was one of the most admired women in Giant Food‘s history, pioneering the use of nutritional and unit price labeling in Giant stores well before any other major food chain. Before joining Giant, she served as the nation’s first presidentially-appointed consumer affairs advocate. The Esther Peterson Memorial Grant provides 10 additional, non-renewable awards of $1,000 each for continuing education or scholarship.
Recipients of this year’s scholarships include:
- Izzy Cohen Memorial Scholarship
o Isabella Posey, Osbourn Park High School, Manassas, Virginia
o Max Theodore Weinsweig, River Hill High School, Clarksville, Maryland
o Sarah Simms, Massaponax High School, Fredericksburg, Virginia
o Paul Weston Townsend II, Worcester Preparatory School, Berlin, Maryland
o Dominick DiMauro, Annapolis High School, Annapolis, Maryland
o Jonathan Daggs, Spring Mills High School, Martinsburg, West Virginia
o Lana Zjajo, Heritage High School, Leesburg, Virginia
o Corrina Portner, Frederick Community College, Frederick, Maryland
o Arian Salehi, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
o Taylor Doolan, North Carolina High School
- Esther Peterson Memorial Grant
o Mohit Hemnani, John F. Kennedy High School, Silver Spring, Maryland
o Kylie Davis, Century High School, Sykesville, Virginia
o Mark McClendon Jr., Westfield High School, Chantilly, Virginia
o Nathan Sypniewski, North County High School, Glen Burnie, Maryland
o Aisha Nelson, Perry Hall High School, Baltimore, Maryland
o Ashleigh Scarborough, Osbourn High School, Manassas, Virginia
o Jordan Carr, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
o Lauren Proctor, Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, Maryland
o Ugochukwu Eze, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, Maryland
o Kwabena Agyemang Sarkodie, Kumas Academy
For more information on Giant’s community initiatives, visit https://giantfood.com/live-well/community/giving-back/.