As part of his continued commitment to build better communities, Darol Rodrock is looking to the next generation—asking them to step up for the greater good, all while supporting them as they seek to do so. He recently announced the finalists to his Rodrock Vision Scholarship, and this year’s group is the largest in the program’s history. Twelve talented high-school seniors all demonstrated community involvement, a desire to continue their education, and high goals for their future—prerequisites for the scholarship, now in its 19th year.
Offered to graduating seniors who, as Darol says, “believe the world can be a better place and want to be a part of bringing a beneficial change to our planet,” the Rodrock Vision Scholarship seeks young men and women who’ve demonstrated a commitment to their communities, the ability to set goals and achieve them, and the capacity to assume responsibility.
The scholarship requires applicants be a member of the 2016 high-school graduating class, live within a Rodrock community, and have plans to continue their education beyond high school. Each finalist was carefully chosen after completing a thorough application process that included written statements, and character references.
This year’s finalists include: Colter Stevenson from Stonebridge Park, Renny Ma from Parkhurst, Andrew Carnes from Windham Park Terrace, Meghan Kindel from Wedgewood-Water’s Edge, Kelly Hendershot from Lexington Parkl, Mia Shearon from Manchester Park, Wesley Burris from Heatherstone, Samuel Fruth from The Hills of Forest View, Olivia Baird from Windham Park, Suzannah Burris from Heatherstone, Ashley Willis from Wellington Park, and Taylor Badowski from Kingston at Manchester Park.
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From varsity sports to religious groups, and student council to charity missions, these students went above and beyond during their high-school career. Many were members of honor societies, leadership programs, recipients of Presidential service awards, and more. Each has clear aspirations that range from engineering, nursing, and speech pathology to psychology, biology, dentistry, and more.
The Rodrock Vision Scholarship Program prides itself on being “a worthwhile investment in a brighter future for us all.” And with talented students like these, the future looks very bright indeed. Picking a winner out of this impressive group of young people will be a substantial challenge. Personal interviews with all the finalists will be underway shortly, with the winners announced on May 12th.
And while it’s exciting to see what great things these graduating seniors are embarking upon, younger children in Rodrock communities are most certainly not forgotten, thanks to the one-of-a-kind Moms’ Council. The Council, the creation of Darol Rodrock himself, is a way to help new neighborhoods get off to a great start.
An abundance of family-friendly activities are planned thanks to the Council, including spring egg hunts, Memorial weekend pool-opening parties, and pumpkin-carving contests, depending upon the community. In December, families adore the holiday hayride and caroling event, which features huge Belgian draft horses pulling wagons down luminary lit streets.
Tammy Coody, the Moms’ Council Coordinator, says the impact the Council has on Rodrock communities is tremendous.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told how wonderful and grateful people are to have this concept offered to them,” she says. “Despite lives that are seemingly more and more busy, people are still eager to volunteer in their Moms’ Councils. Because of that, families of all ages get to have fun and meet each other. The upcoming Pool-Opening Parties, Fourth of July Bike Parades, Movie Nights, and more are a great way for neighbors to celebrate the joy of summer with an activity right in their own backyards.”
Another convenient bonus is the Farmers’ Markets, which the Council brings to many Rodrock communities. The markets provide residents with a rainbow-hued assortment of fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, and assorted baked goods.
As much joy the Farmers’ Markets bring to homeowners, it also gives them the distinct opportunity to give back. Several market vendors have taken it upon themselves to help raise money for area foster-care children through the Darol Rodrock Foundation.
There are so many opportunities for residents to effortlessly give and receive right in the comfort of their own neighborhoods. Each thoughtful gesture is yet another example of the highly respected—and sought after—Rodrock difference.
For more information on Rodrock communities and its unique Mom’s Council, visit Rodrock.com, and for details on the Rodrock Vision Scholarship, see Rodrock.com/scholarship-program.