3:50 PM EST, December 15, 2011
Matthew Madera, of Columbia, has been awarded a scholarship by the Horizon Foundation to attend the Leadership Essentials program of Leadership Howard County.
The six-month leadership development program is designed for young professionals who are considered rising stars and have expressed a personal desire to be engaged in community service.
Madera is facility director of the North Laurel Community Center and Park, in Laurel, where he grew up.
A current resident of Kings Contrivance, Madera is a member of the Southeast Horizon Council, an advisory group to the Horizon Foundation. He is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association; and the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, which he previously served as an executive board member. He is a runner and participates in charity fun runs.
Madera was selected to receive financial support from Horizon to attend leadership training as part of the foundation's strategic concentration on enhancing the health and wellness of the Southeast area of the county. Quinton Askew, program coordinator at the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, is the previous Leadership Essentials scholarship recipient.
Angela Simmons, of Upper Marlboro, was among the 48 employees of Apollo Group, in Columbia, to receive the U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award.
Over the past year, Simmons has recorded 142 hours of service through organizations including Maryland Special Olympics and the United House of Prayer for All People. Simmons has also tutored local elementary students in math and reading; organizes food and clothing drives for local seniors and children; and participates in Joint Utility Discount Day, where she processes paperwork to help low-income Washington, D.C., residents get assistance with their utility bills.
The President's Volunteer Service Award program was created as a way to honor and thank Americans who, through commitment and example, inspire others to volunteer.
Apollo Group's recipients were recognized based on the volume of hours logged in Apollo Group's VolunteerMatch portal. Apollo Group has partnered with VolunteerMatch since 2007 to help employees find meaningful volunteer opportunities.
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