By Tom Edgar, Chair, University Outreach and Scholarships Committee

In today’s unpredictable economic market, funding a college education can be a daunting task. As members of ACG National Capital, we recognize that the business community needs to play a vital role in supporting our future business leaders.

From its inception, one of the primary objectives of our Committee was to connect with the local business schools and have them help us identify outstanding students who were interested in a business career and worthy of financial support. Our issue has not been finding top notch candidates but, rather, to pick the winners of the scholarships from a much larger group of nominees. This year was no different. In fact, the competition was so keen, we could not find any substantive difference between two of the finalists. So, rather than leave one deserving student out, we elected to give out four scholarships, rather than the three we have granted in past years.  What is most impressive among all of the students is their “balance.” They are all outstanding academically, but they are also very active in other school activities. Even more impressive is the time and commitment they make to volunteer and community activities. It is obvious that many of these students have the potential to become leaders in some of our member companies. Some of these companies, The Columbia Group for example, have already recognized this and have reached out to our winners and employed them. We hope many other companies will do the same.

After a rigorous process, we selected our winners and the 2011 scholarship recipients are:

Kyle Hutton, Howard University, Class of 2012

Elizabeth Moran, University of Maryland, Class of 2013

Scott Shuffield, University of Maryland, Class of 2012

Ashley White, Howard University, Class of 2012

These four outstanding students received a total of $22,000 ($5,500/student) in scholarship funds.  It is a great honor for ACG to recognize these four outstanding young men and women and to provide them some financial assistance as they pursue their business careers. From government contractors to private firms, these students would be welcome additions to ACG member companies. Each of them has been assigned a Mentor who will be reaching out to their own network to make introductions and make them feel a part of the ACG family. To learn more about the winners, as well as all of the nominees, please go to the job source link on ACG Capital web site for potential employers.

Join us in congratulating our 2011 scholarship winners – an accomplished group destined for bigger achievements and leadership in our local business community. The ACG National Capital members look forward to their involvement as future chapter members.

Pictured from left to right: Kyle Hutton, Ashley White, Elizabeth Moran and Scott Shuffield

To view a video of the scholarship winners at the recent ACG Corporate Growth Awards Gala, click here.