From left to right: Troy Clark, Abby Power, Madison Daley, Saira Euceda, Katharine Genuario, and Eliana Nash are recipients of this year’s scholarships from the Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce and were honored for their hard work at River Farm on June 3. Also receiving a scholarship is Euginia Mensah.
Photo by Janelle Germanos.
The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce has awarded seven students with college scholarships this year. The students were honored for their achievements at River Farm next to the Potomac River on June 3.
From National Honor Society to Future Business Leaders of America to Latin club, the scholarship recipients are very active in their schools. All will be attending college this fall and are majoring in a business-related field.
Of the seven students awarded, four will be attending the University of Virginia. This includes West Potomac High School students Madison Daley and Katharine Genuario.
Daley is planning to major in commerce and minor in economics and Chinese.
“Hopefully one day, I’ll be able to start my own international consulting firm,” Daley said.
Genuario said she will major in biomedical engineering and minor in engineering business.
“A lot of engineers get their MBA, because it helps them manage engineering forms, so eventually I’d like to get my MBA too,” she said.
Abby Power from Hayfield Secondary School will also be attending the University of Virginia, and plans to major in marketing.
“I plan to start my own kind of advertising firm and have some big-name companies like Nike and what-not underneath me,” she said.
Eliana Nash, a student at South County High School, said she will major in international business and minor in Spanish at the University of Virginia.
The recipient of the Jeff Todd Memorial Scholarship was Saira Euceda, a student at Bryant High School who will be attending Northern Virginia Community College to study radiology. She said when she first started high school, she didn’t speak any English.
“I never thought I was going to be at this gorgeous place speaking to such generous people,” she said. “I am very, very grateful from the bottom of my heart.”
Troy Clark will be attending James Madison University in the fall, where he will major in business administration and accounting.
“I’m actually excited about being an accountant,” Clark said, prompting laughter, and then applause from the audience.
Euginia Mensah from Edison High School also received a scholarship from the chamber. She will be attending the University of Mary Washington.
The scholarships were provided by the chamber’s education partnership, which has provided scholarships worth over $141,000 to local high school students.
“The annual Chamber Golf Scholarship Classic provides the major source of funding for the Education Partnership. Through the generous donations and the hard work of our members, funds are raised to provide these scholarships,” said Sean O’Connell, president of the chamber.