Education Briefs

March 12, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Organization scholarship applications due March 30

Applications for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Organization Scholarship are now available. Forms may be picked up in high school guidance offices or downloaded from the organization’s website. Applicants must be graduating seniors residing in Sussex County. Deadline is Friday, March 30. For more information and applications, go to or call Janie Miller, 302-227-3118, or Waynne Paskins, 302-227-8738.

Indian River High School Hall of Fame nominations due March 30

The Indian River High School Hall of Fame was established to recognize IRHS graduates who have made outstanding achievements in the world. The nomination period is now open for the 2018 Hall of Fame induction. Nominees should be graduates who have shown great character, citizenship and leadership, and have made significant contributions in their field and community. They must also demonstrate these qualities in a manner that will inspire students in the pursuit of excellence.

Nominees must have graduated from Indian River High School at least 10 years prior to nomination. The candidates will be evaluated on achievements and recognition in their chosen fields. Previous inductees have included artists, educators, civic leaders, athletes and first responders. For nomination applications, go to Completed paperwork plus a second recommendation letter from another individual must be submitted by Friday, March 30. Late applications will not be accepted.

Nominations will be carefully considered by an impartial selection committee. The winner will be recognized at the IRHS Annual Awards Ceremony in May.

DART poster contest entries due March 26

The Adventures of Riding DART is the theme for DART’s 18th Annual Poster Contest. Open to children in sixth to 12th grade, the contest is designed to encourage students to learn more about public transportation and its benefits, as well as the chance to see their artwork featured by DART in various advertisements, promotions and/or displays.

With continuous improvement and growth of transit services statewide, DART uses this opportunity to inform and promote the advantages of using public transit. Posters must be submitted by Monday, March 26, to DART Poster Contest, Marketing Dept., 119 Lower Beech St., Wilmington, DE 19805. Prizes and certificates will be provided by DART and its business partners.

Interested schools are being asked to conduct the contest in the appropriate grade levels at the school, and forward the entries to DART for judging. Individuals who wish to enter apart from their school may do so as long as they are in sixth to 12th grade. For details and contest instructions, call 302-576-6016 or go to

AAUW seeks scholarship applications by March 26

The Coastal-Georgetown Branch of the American Association of University Women offers three $2,000 academic scholarships to graduating senior females from Sussex County high schools. Any 2018 graduating students from Cape Henlopen, Indian River, Milford, Sussex Academy, Sussex Central and Sussex Tech high schools are welcome to apply. Interested students may contact their local school guidance counselor for the online application and information. The deadline to submit the completed application to the high school counselor is Monday, March 26.

Scholarship winners will be notified in May and presented their scholarships during the high school's academic awards ceremonies at the end of the school year. Also, the recipients and a parent will be invited to the June AAUW luncheon.

AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches, and 800 college and university members. Since AAUW's founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental educational, social, economic and political issues of the day. The Coastal-Georgetown Branch has been a part of the local community since 1957. Providing scholarships to deserving young women is the heart of organization's mission. For more information, go to

Delmarva Poultry Industry scholarship applications due April 2

Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. is now accepting applications for undergraduate and graduate scholarships in the amount of $1,500 or more for the 2018 Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. College Scholarship Program. 

Undergraduate applicants must be Delmarva residents and students in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States, or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States. Individuals must have an academic major in a subject area relevant to Delmarva's chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry. An academic transcript must accompany each application. Graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency. In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that could positively benefit Delmarva's chicken industry.

Although an applicant is not required to have a family member or a family business that is a member of DPI, membership in DPI could be a deciding factor when applicants are otherwise evenly matched. Previous recipients, if still eligible, may reapply.

Applications must be completed and received on or before 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 2. Mail forms to DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947-4881. For more information and application forms, call 302-856-9037, go to or email

Scholarship applications due to Lord Baltimore Lions April 13

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club will award three $1,500 scholarships to Indian River High School seniors at the annual awards assembly in May. The scholarships are presented in memory of Ralph Helm, a club member who served as district governor and later as a member of the board of directors for Lions Club International. Scholarships are awarded based on excellence in community service, as well as academic achievement and financial need.

Students graduating in 2018 from Indian River High School and residing within the service area of the Lord Baltimore Lions Club; zip codes19930,19939, 19945,19967 or 19970; are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at the high school guidance office. To print an application, go to Completed aplications must be returned to the high school guidance office by Friday, April 13.

For more information or an application, go to or contact Lion Tom Roth, scholarship committee chair, at

For more information, find them on Facebook or call President Janet Bauer, 302-537-5175.

Local students earn scholarships to Alvernia University

Hard work in high school has paid off for several local college-bound seniors.

Laura Markofski of Lewes, a student at Cape Henlopen High School, has been granted the Presidential Scholarship to study occupational therapy at Alvernia University in the fall. Gabrielle Pardocchi of Millsboro, a student at Sussex Technical High School, has been granted the Presidential Scholarship to study English at Alvernia in the fall. Tyzhir Morris of Millsboro, a student at Sussex Technical High School, has been granted the Trustees' Scholarship to study early childhood and special education at Alvernia in the fall. 

Applicants for Alvernia University's $18,000 Presidential Scholarship must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and minimum SAT score of 1130 on the old test/1200 on the new one (or 25 ACT). The university's $17,000 Trustees’ Scholarship requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 and minimum SAT score of 1050 SAT old/1130 new (or 23 ACT).

Lewes resident earns degree from Western Governors University

Eric Finley of Lewes has received his master of business administration degree in management and strategy from Western Governors University.

Local students named to Hood College dean’s list

Hood College announced its dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. Hannah Lori Tolbert from Lewes and Jordan Shane Spicer from Seaford were both named to the list. 

Lewes students named to Clemson dean’s list

Clemson University announced its dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. Lewes residents honored are Dylan Patrick Brown whose major is computer science, and Laura Elizabeth Issel whose major is biological sciences. To be named to the dean's list, a student must have achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Millsboro student named to dean's list at University of Findlay

Thea Knapp of Millsboro was named to the fall 2017 dean's list at the University of Findlay. To earn this achievement, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Millsboro woman receives degree from Georgia Tech

Jessica Cahill of Millsboro has earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Local students named to president’s list at JMU

James Madison University announced that Nathan Carnevale of Lewes and Dana Butterfoss of Millsboro were named to the president's list for the fall 2017 semester. Students who earn president's list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.9 or above.

Rehoboth Beach woman named to dean's list at Delaware

Shannon O'Neill, a Cape Henlopen High School graduate from Rehoboth Beach, has been named to the University of Delaware's dean's list for the fall 2017 semester. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

Milton woman named to McDaniel College dean's list

Christina Grace Gooding of Milton has been named to the McDaniel College fall 2017 dean's list with high honors. High honors are for a grade point average of 3.70-3.89.

Lewes students named to dean's list at University of Alabama

The University of Alabama announced that Mallory McDonald and Grace Rovner, both of Lewes, were named to the fall dean's list with an academic record of 3.5 or above.

Lewes woman named to dean's list at Hofstra University

Hofstra University announced that Ella Marsh of Lewes excelled during the fall 2017 semester, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the dean's list.

Lewes student named to dean's list at University of the Sciences

Jinal Patel of Lewes has been named to the fall 2017 dean's list at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a C, and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in fall 2017. Patel is a pharmacology and toxicology student.

Lewes student earns dean’s list recognition at Wesley College

Wesley College announced that Stephanie Hertz was was placed on dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. In order to be recognized, students must achieve between a 3.33 and 3.99 GPA for the semester.

Rehoboth Beach woman named to dean’s list at Catholic University

The Catholic University announced that Caitlin Whitford of Rehoboth Beach was named to the dean’s list for fall 2017. 

Delmarva Christian High School hosts Shadow-For-A-Day 

Delmarva Christian High School offers a Shadow-For-A-Day program for ninth- to 12th-grade students who are considering enrolling in DCHS. Spending the day shadowing a DCHS student is a great way for a child to learn firsthand what it is like to attend Delmarva Christian. The Shadow-For-A-Day program is offered every Wednesday when school is in session. To begin the day, visitors are paired with DCHS student ambassadors who will take the prospective students to the weekly chapel service of praise and worship music along with an inspirational message. Throughout the day, visitors have the opportunity to follow a normal class schedule where they will visit core classes as well as electives including, art, performing arts, computer applications and digital media design. This program gives the students the chance to meet Delmarva Christian teachers and make new friends as they explore the school. Delmarva Christian High School is a nondenominational Christian school serving students from ninth to 12th grade. The school’s mission is to proclaim the gospel by preparing students spiritually, academically and physically to know and do God's will in their lives. To register for the Shadow-For-A-Day program or for more information, go to or call 302-856-4040.

Sussex Tech Adult Division to offer new auto tech and carpentry apprenticeship training classes

The Sussex Tech Adult Division is expanding to offer auto tech and carpentry apprenticeship training classes this fall. The Auto Tech Specialist - Tech C Program is designed to prepare students to take four automotive service excellence exams and advance to a Tech C level within a two-year time frame. The four-year carpentry program starts with level one this year. Registered apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job training with related instruction classes provided by Sussex Tech instructors two evenings per week. Employees who are sponsored by their employer as state-registered apprentices can enroll tuition-free. Apprenticeship training classes are also available to anyone who is not sponsored by an employer on a paid tuition basis. For more information, call 302-856-9035.