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The Developing Community Leaders Award: High School Seniors

Each year, four $1,000 scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors. Applicants are assessed on an essay response, an outside recommendation, their activities and community involvement, any employment to date, their academic performance and their interest/potential in leadership and business in hopes of gathering a full picture of the student. The Developing Community Leaders Award is made possible by the financial support of Camptown Charities and we are so very grateful for their continued partnership! 


The 2017 Developing Community Leaders Award recipients are:

Atlee HS: Jessica Roberson Jessica’s reviewer scores show excellent ratings in all categories. Her academic strength and collegiate goals are promising, and her involvement and leadership roles in clubs and activities demonstrate a strong desire to care for and build up others.

Lee-Davis HS: Pamela Mulvaney Pamela is in the top 3 of her class while also demonstrating a clear desire to be active in her community. She has held numerous leadership positions during high school, and her recommendation notes her state-level successes in research and public awareness projects.

Hanover HS: Hunter Sparanga Hunter’s application shows a well-rounded student attentive to his studies while participating in community activities. A strong and creative essay, focused on his view of leaders as trail makers and leadership as a tool for community betterment, set him apart.

Patrick Henry HS: Madison Brown Madison is a scholar, athlete, leader and volunteer. The longevity of her participation in various activities displays great commitment. Her letter of recommendation included the descriptors “dependable, conscientious and motivated”, which showed through in her essay. 

Congratulations to these amazing students!


Eligibility & School Connections

Eligibility: Open to graduating high school seniors who intend to continue their education in an accredited two or four-year college, university, junior college, or a vocational training school. Open to students who intend to pursue a business or leadership related field (such as business administration, marketing, political science or international relations) or have a personal interest in entrepreneurship. 

Career Counselor Contacts Atlee and Patrick Henry High Schools: Kathleen Konrad > kkonrad@hcps.usLee Davis High School:  Karla Taylor > ktaylor@hcps.usHanover High School: Shelby Edmonds  > skedmonds@hanover.k12.va.us

Recipients of the Developing Community Leaders Award will be recognized at their respective schools' Senior Awards Ceremonies. Then, students and their families are invited to attend our BAH events in June or July to be presented with their checks - be sure to join us these months to congratulate them in person! Check back here and on our Facebook page for pictures in the weeks to come.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Atlee HS: Prakrit Shukla Prakrit’s reviewer score shows excellent ratings in all categories. He is currently ranked 1 in his class, works as a tutor, shows strong leadership ability and a desire to pursue business. His reviewer said Prakrit’s was the ‘best essay’ of the bunch.

Lee-Davis HS: Nicholas Reisenweaver Nicholas stood out because of his well-rounded application. He is a good student and is involved in activities both in and outside of school, but it was his desire and interest in entrepreneurship that set him apart. This includes starting a small-business, Moo-Rise Landscaping, which he has been operating for 5 yrs.

Hanover HS: David Dustin David is in the top 5 of his class and has shown strong participation in activities both in an out of school, in addition to gaining paid work experience. His expressed desire to help others succeed was seen in both his essay and his recommendation. The reviewer also noted his positive attitude came through in the application and agrees that this is a skill that will serve him well.

Patrick Henry HS: Olivia Phillips Just as her recommendation noted, “Olivia’s leadership record is remarkable” especially for a HS student. She excelled in each assessed area, is in the top 10 of her class, and submitted a very strong essay. Olivia plans to be a pre-law student and wants to pursue advocacy law and political science.

Congratulations to these amazing students!


Hanover Chamber of Commerce 9097 Atlee Station Road, Suite 117, Mechanicsville VA 23116

Phone: (804) 442 - 2093Email: info@hanoverchamberva.com

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