Toyota of Southern Maryland has donated $2,500.00 to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland to award grant money to deserving students from St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties
Toyota of Southern Maryland has donated $2,500.00 to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland to award grant money to deserving students from St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties, who study to preserve the waters and water shed lands of the Chesapeake Bay. Toyota of Southern Maryland is working with Toyota USA to secure a matching grant to bring the total scholarship fund to $5,000.00. Up to 5 scholarships of $1,000.00 each will be made available this spring semester, likely sometime between February and March of 2012.
This scholarship grant follows a tradition at Toyota of Southern Maryland of supporting education in our community. Over the years the dealership has supported St. Mary’s College, a Maryland public honors college, in St. Mary’s City. The initial contribution was inspired by an employee who was an athlete on St. Mary’s nationally competitive sailing team. In his honor the dealership sponsored a new boat house on campus. Another St. Mary’s student introduced the dealer principle to the River Concert Series, and the dealership became a corporate sponsor of the summer concerts.
With such prevalent farming and fishing traditions throughout beautiful Chesapeake Bay, Toyota of Southern Maryland is proud to be located in Southern Maryland and to be part of the community. Many local families’ survival depends on their ability to harvest from the bounty of the land and the water in the area. In this urbanized and technologically advanced world we all now live, even these occupations have become scientifically complex, increasing the necessity of a college degree.
Dealer Principle, Peter D’Arista explained,
“We are looking to the students of today to preserve the Chesapeake Bay and the surrounding land. We all use and enjoy the Bay for business and pleasure. We need bright young minds to use technology and science to assure that continues.”
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a long and storied history of supporting agriculture communities in Maryland. It was originally chartered as the Maryland Agriculture College and in 1859 it opened on 420 acres of the Riverdale Plantation purchased from Charles Calvert. From that beginning the College of Agriculture grew into the University of Maryland.
The College of Agriculture continues to be more relevant than ever in developing agriculture and aquaculture in Maryland. Balancing the urban environment with the earth’s natural resources is the mission of the college. For example, UMD scientists, at Chesapeake Bay Labs on Solomon’s Island and at the Sea Grant program, study methods to re-populate oyster beds in the Chesapeake Bay and to improve aquaculture. Additionally, College of Agriculture scientists are currently conducting a study of the relationship of land use, climate and eco-systems in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to determine how policies affect water sustainability.
To apply for a scholarship, students need only demonstrate that they reside (or have resided prior to attending college) in St. Mary’s or Calvert County, that they attend the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and are studying some aspect of agriculture or aquaculture as it can be applied to the Chesapeake Bay. Scholarships will be awarded based on merit and financial need.
To apply contact:
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
0104 Symons Hall
To make a difference in a student’s future and to help protect the future of Chesapeake Bay, you may also make a donation to the Toyota of Southern Maryland Scholarship Fund. Please make checks payable to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and send to:
Attn: Director of Development
College of Agriculture and Natural Resouces
1221 Symons Hall
College Park, MD 20742