Education Briefs

March 16, 2019

DART poster contest entries due March 26

DART To Your Destination, Using the DART Transit APP! is the theme for DART’s 19th Annual Poster Contest. Open to school-age children in sixth to 12th grades, the contest is designed to encourage students to learn about public transportation and its benefits, and give them the chance to see their artwork featured by DART in various advertisements, promotions 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 Tuesday, 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 can conduct the contest within their appropriate grade levels, and forward the entries to DART for judging. For more information, go to

Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship applications due March 31

Applications are due by Sunday, March 31, for the fourth annual Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship, named after the former Delaware attorney general who passed away in 2015. The scholarship was created by the I Could Do Great Things Foundation, a Delaware-based nonprofit. The $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to Delaware high school senios who plan to continue their education at a university of their choice, and who embody the virtues of Beau Biden, a selfless man who exhibited qualities of leadership, community, civility, respect, and a strong moral compass. Interviews will be held for finalists in April. The selection team will consist of members of the Biden family. For more information, go to

Engineering scholarship applications due March 31

The Delmarva Post of the Society of American Military Engineers is offering a college scholarship available to high school seniors or other incoming first-year college freshmen. Applications are due by Sunday, March 31.

To be eligible, students must be from the Delmarva Peninsula and must have been accepted into the engineering program of a four-year, ABET-accredited college. Military affiliation is not required. Award number and amount varies.

For more information and an application, contact Alan Marteney, Century Engineering, at or 302-734-9188, Ext. 2109.

Optimists to host oratorical contest awards dinner April 1

The Optimist Club of Sussex County will host a dinner and awards ceremony celebrating the winners of its oratorical contest at 6 p.m., Monday April 1, at JD Shucker’s Restaurant in Georgetown. Students will share their speeches, and receive medallions and monetary awards, with their families in attendance.

The club invited Sussex County students to speak their minds about the topic Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2018-19 year. The contest was open to students under the age of 19 as of Oct. 1, 2018. Winners at the zone Level can possibly advance to the district and regional levels for the opportunity to win college scholarships. Regional contest winners will compete in the world championship held at Saint Louis University. Students could possibly win up to $22,500 in scholarships.

With more than 80,000 adult and youth members in almost 3,000 clubs throughout the world, Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations. The Optimist Oratorical Contest is one of the organization’s most popular programs, with more than 2,000 clubs participating annually. Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than 6 million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, go to

QRCF scholarship applications due April 5

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its annual college scholarship program. An area senior will receive an $8,000, four-year scholarship commitment for college, and a local junior or graduating senior will receive a $1,000 arts scholarship. For more information or to apply by Friday, April 5, go to

UNICO National scholarship applications due April 15 

UNICO National announced four $6,000 scholarships are available for high school students. There are also scholarship opportunities for students who are initiating graduate studies, pursuing a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy degree, or attending a nursing program; for those currently in a college or graduate school; and for students attending California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology or the University of Arizona, Tucson. For more information and applications, email or go to

Milford Garden Club scholarship applications due April 26

The Milford Garden Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior residing in Kent or Sussex county. The scholarship will be awarded to a student planning on pursuing studies in horticulture, landscape design, forestry, environmental studies or a related field. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26. For more information or to request an application, contact Leona Langone, 302-422-8070 or

Lewes student earns master’s degree from Boston University 

Boston University announced that Margaret D. Wilson of Lewes received a master of public health degree in monitoring and evaluation.

Lewes student graduates from Bloomsburg University

Ryan Faust of Lewes was awarded a bachelor of science degree in medical imaging from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Dec. 14.

Lewes student named to University of Alabama dean's list

Sydney Lane Boright of Lewes was named to the University of Alabama dean's list for fall 2018. To be eligible, a student must have earned a 3.5 average or above.

Milton student named to University of Findlay dean’s list

Emma Spellman of Milton was named to the fall 2018 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.

Local students named to Alvernia University dean’s list

Alvernia University announced its dean's list for the fall 2018 semester. Local students honored include Tyzhir Morris of Millsboro, a freshman majoring in early childhood education; and Riley Shields of Lewes, a junior majoring in occupational therapy. To be eligible, students must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 credits.

Millsboro student earns faculty honors at Georgia Tech

Brittany Ritter of Millsboro earned faculty honors for fall 2018 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 4.0 academic average for the semester.

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

Jinal Patel of Lewes has been named to the fall 2018 dean'slist at University of the Sciences. To be eligible, a student must achieve at least a 3.4 grade point average for fall courses. Patel is a pharmacology and toxicology student.

Rehoboth Beach student named to dean’s list at Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University announced that Sean Davis of Rehoboth Beach has qualified for the fall 2018 dean's list. To be eligible, a student must have completed all courses with a GPA of 3.4 or above.

Milton students earn honors at Gettysburg College 

Gettysburg College students whose semester averages were 3.6 or above were recently placed on the dean's honor list. Local students include Alec Shalk of Milton and Dorothy Vosik of Milton.

Students with semester averages of 3.3 to 3.59 are placed on the deans' commendation list; Nicholas Barrish of Milton was so honored.

Lewes student inducted into honor society at St. Vincent College 

St. Vincent College inducted 122 new members into its chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, an international honor society for first-year students with outstanding academic achievement. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to be considered for membership. Newly inducted students include Antonia DeBastiani of Lewes, a freshman mathematics and engineering major.