Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship winners announced

May 2, 2022

The I Could Do Great Things Foundation, founded in 2009 by Stuart M. Grant and Suzanne B. Grant, announced the 2022 recipients of the seventh annual Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship are Delaware high school seniors Marina Santini of Georgetown and Marissa Washburn of Greenville.

Both will receive a scholarship award of $10,000; they are slated to attend their prospective colleges in the fall.

After graduating from Cape Henlopen High School this June, Santini will attend the University of Delaware. 

A disciplined, hardworking JROTC battalion commander, Santini displays the qualities of respect, civility and leadership that make her a logical Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship recipient. The child of career military parents, she has always seen the importance of hard work, respect and good leadership. An active participant in Cape Henlopen High School’s JROTC program since her freshman year, Santini has supported her community through a variety of service events including the National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk, the Harry K Foundation’s gala to raise funds to end childhood hunger, and local initiatives such as the Give and Gather for Gavin group.

“I work hard to serve my community with the sole purpose of giving back and helping those in need,” said Santini.

Washburn, a senior at Tower High School, will be attending American University.

An inspiring young woman and former foster child, Washburn is passionate about aiding vulnerable children in the foster welfare system. She created the Children’s Enrichment initiative, a fund designed to afford children in foster care the ability to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, music and camps. To date, the initiative has raised over $22,000 and has helped local children in foster care attend a STEM summer camp and purchase instruments, and has provided computers for children to have virtual access to therapists and tutors during COVID.

Two finalists who are each receiving $2,000 awards are Madison Laster, a 2022 senior at Appoquinimink High School, and Brynn McCabe, an Indian River High School senior.

The scholarship was established by the I Could Do Great Things Foundation, an independent, Delaware-based philanthropy organization, and is named in honor of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who passed away in 2015 at age 46.

It honors college-bound high school seniors who embody the virtues of Beau Biden including qualities of leadership, community, civility and respect, and who demonstrate a strong moral compass.

The scholarship selection team reviewed applications from numerous high school seniors before naming this year’s winners.

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