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Riderwood Residents Support Student Employees’ Educational Goals

Updated: Aug 8, 2023


students on stage at the Student Scholar Awards at Riderwood
Student Scholar Awards at Riderwood

Silver Spring, MD - Spring has sprung—and so have the pathways to college for a number of Riderwood staff, thanks to the Student Scholar Awards at Riderwood, an Erickson Senior Living community in Silver Spring, MD.

Dedicated student workers are being recognized and set up for success through these scholarships, funded by generous donations from community residents.

This year, over $291,000 has been awarded to assist 60 scholars which includes high school seniors and employees already working toward their degrees. Each scholar receives at least $2,000 per semester.

“Our student workers really appreciate these impactful awards” says Philanthropy Manager Maria Aghguiguian, who attended the Student Scholar ceremony that recognized the recipients. “The relationships that our student workers foster with residents are rewarding. They learn life lessons that they wouldn’t discover in any other job!”

To qualify for a scholarship, a student must work 1,000 hours during a two-year period, maintain good academic and professional standing, and plan to attend a college, university, or trade school.

The Student Scholar Awards are just one of the many ways that Riderwood supports mission-driven staff members who are eager to further their education.

Aghguiguian adds, “The scholarship program is a wonderful program for students working at Riderwood. In addition, staffers who want to want to advance their knowledge in their line of work can apply for tuition reimbursement.”

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