The Charlie Riley Community Service Scholarship Foundation celebrated several milestones at its annual awards ceremony Nov. 13, surpassing the $160,000 and 160 scholarships marks during the past eight years.
At this year's banquet the foundation awarded $27,000 in scholarships at the event held at Level Volunteer Fire Company.
The scholarship program honors the memory of the late Charles W. Riley, a 52-year member and chief of Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company and a member of the Harford-Cecil Volunteer Fireman's Association and Maryland State Fireman's Association Halls of Fame. He was also a past president of the Maryland State Fireman's Association and served under four different governors as chairman of the state's training commission.
Organizers of this year's banquet and awards ceremony said it was a great night to award scholarships honoring young men and women in the local community who have volunteered their services.
A total of 23 scholarships were presented, 12 to seniors from Harford County high schools and 11 to Harford County fire and EMS volunteers. These honorees have served their neighbors through community service, extracurricular activities and leadership. They are all "Doers of the World" (the foundation's motto).
The high school honorees, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward higher education, were Matthew Barnes, Havre de Grace; Genevie Mayo Johnson, Joppatowne; Graeme Fenton, Patterson Mill; Sarah Fielder, North Harford; Hannah Palmer, C. Milton Wright; Thomas Burley, Harford Technical; Jourdan Richard, Fallston; Katherine Rizzieri, John Carroll; Sarah Hawkins, Bel Air; Shelby Richter, Edgewood; and Selena Snyder, Aberdeen. The grand prize award winner, receiving an additional $2,000 scholarship, was Patricia Good from Harford Christian School.
The fire and EMS honorees, each receiving $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward higher education, were Christopher Aycock, Fallston; Courtney Steininger, Level; Richard Miller Jr., Norrisville; Diana Tobin, Susquehanna Hose; Chelsie Seeley, Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps; Darnell Hill, Aberdeen; Ashley Northam, Darlington; Denessa Fruhling, Jarrettsville; Tyler Dinan, Abingdon; and Nicholas Bulavko, Joppa-Magnolia. The grand prize award winner, receiving an additional $2,000 scholarship, was Leigha Reader, from Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company.
The foundation's directors said they are very proud of all the scholarship winners, and the banquet was a huge success. Among those attending were Mr. Riley's widow, Phoebe V. "Sis" Riley, and his sons, Charles A. "Chip" Riley and Bruce Riley.
Two additional awards were presented at this year's banquet. The foundation's support award was given to Maggie and Steve Fulkrod and service award was given to Bonnie and Ed Haden.
The foundation also honored its honorary board of director members for 2013, Roger Powell, Larry Richardson, Del. Jim Malone, Paul Edmeades, Helen Ryan and Christian Giansante.
The foundation directors thanked the Level Volunteer Fire Company, Level Ladies Auxiliary, Tri-State Trophies, guest speaker Dr. Andy Pollack, Harford County Public Schools interim Superintendent Barbara Canavan, Harford Community College President Dr. Dennis Golladay, Harford County Fireman's Association President Rusty Eyre, Harford County Executive David Craig, Harford County Council President Billy Boniface, State Sen. Barry Glassman, State Del. Wayne Norman and Johnny Valentini.
They also thanked their table sponsors and supporters without whose generosity and support the banquet would not happen.
For more information about the Charlie Riley Community Service Scholarship Foundation and how to help honor deserving Harford County young people, visit the foundation's website, http://www.crcssf.com.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun