Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Winner

Gavin Jens, a 2020 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School, was one of eight local students awarded scholarships this year by the Randy D. Thrower Foundation.

CENTREVILLE — For the last three years, the Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation has been able to award almost $30,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors from both Queen Anne’s County and Kent Island high schools. The intent of this scholarship is to financially support students who wish to attend college or a trade school. This academic year the foundation awarded eight $1,000 scholarships to the class of 2020 seniors.

Winners for Kent Island High School: Parker Wynot, Izabella Armbruster, Liam McGinnes and Blair Goodrich.

Winners for Queen Anne’s County High School: Gavin Jens, Julia Smith, Alec Travers and Alyssa Sofinowski.

To be awarded a scholarship, recipients must be in good academic standing, submit a letter of reference, and write a short essay. The essay must include what their plans for the future are, as well as explain a time where they have either shown encouragement to others or demonstrate that they have the drive to never give up, whether it be on or off the field.

“We had a great turn out this year of students applying for scholarships. Next year we would love to be able to award a scholarship to every applicant,” Randy’s parents said in a news release. “The foundation would like to extend heartfelt thanks to our event sponsors, and the community for their support. Without them, we could not fulfill our mission to give back to our community in Randy’s honor.”

The Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation was set up to honor the late Randy Drake Thrower. Randy was a 2012 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School. He was a member of the 2009 state finalist and 2010 semi-finalist football teams, as well as a member of the 2012 state champion track team, winning the state 4x200. Randy’s passions in life were for his family, friends, sports, and health and fitness.

Through the Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation, his family wishes to carry on Randy’s passions by giving back to the community. In addition to awarding scholarships to high school students, the foundation has been able to grant $10,000 to support local families, charities such as Wreaths Across America, and purchase school equipment.

The Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation raises funds through community fundraising events. The event committee has already started planning for the third Family Over Everything 7K and Walk in 2021.

For additional information about the foundation, sponsorship opportunities or upcoming events, contact Melody Thrower, 410-490-6069, mlynnthrower@gmail.com.

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