WSSC Awards Nine Student Scholarships

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Laurel – July 11, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is pleased to announce that nine children of Commission employees have been awarded scholarships through the Robert G. Berger Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is supported by contributions from the Berger family, employees and retirees of WSSC.

The honorees were recognized at WSSC’s monthly Commission meeting in June at its headquarters in Laurel, MD.

Approximately $9,000 in scholarships was awarded to students who attend various colleges and universities. They are:

  • Carolina Garcia – University of Maryland College Park
  • Sanchita Gupta – University of Virginia
  • Jackson Hawes – University of South Carolina
  • Christine Long – Towson University
  • De’anee Love – Lincoln University
  • Solita Parker – University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Theresa Russell – University of Maryland College Park
  • Natelie Tobery– Shepherd University
  • Christina Venanzi – Stevenson University

The honorees this year have a variety of aspirations and goals for their future.


“I worked really hard in school to earn this scholarship,” says Christina Venanzi, a senior at Stevenson University majoring in medical technology. “I want to work in a lab at a hospital and eventually do cancer research.”


Natelie Tobery, a freshman at Shepherd University majoring in psychology, says, “I also plan on getting my master’s degree in psychology, which is two extra years, so the scholarship really helps with the financial aspect of college.” She aspires to become an addiction counselor.


“This scholarship represents four years of work I’ve put into high school and a reminder to keep working hard through college,” says Carolina Garcia, an incoming freshman at College Park who will be majoring in studio art and graphic design. Some day she hopes to have a graphic design career in advertising.


Since its inception in 1996, the fund has awarded over $125,000 in scholarships to more than 120 students. All recipients are children of current WSSC employees or retirees who help to support the fund.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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