Giving to the Foundation makes a lasting impression on the lives of students.
Stephanie Rivers, After the birth of her second son, Stephanie Rivers, 33 of Lexington Park decided to begin working toward a degree in nursing, initially taking one class at a time. After she completed the core courses, she was accepted into CSM's nursing program. "It is not easy doing clinical with a family," Rivers said of the mandatory full days working in area hospitals alongside registered nurses. Once a week she and her 7-year-old son went to the Lexington Park library together to study. "It is our quality time together," she said of their routine of quizzing each other with flash cards. In January 2011, Stephanie achieved her goal of receiving an Associates Degree in Nursing from CSM. "I am lucky to have a supportive husband and the financial support from the CSM Foundation." Stephanie's future plans are to obtain her Master's degree in nursing and to later teach nursing courses at a community college or university. (picture: Stephanie Rivers of Lexington Park who was chosen by her peers to be the student speaker at the Nurses Recognition Event on Jan. 13 prior to the 2011 Winter Commencement Ceremony.)
Daniel Underwood, It was more than faith in his abilities that drove Daniel Underwood, 52, of Leonardtown back to school for training: it was necessity. After working in construction for 28 years, Daniel learned he had developed health issues that would prevent him from continuing to work in the strenuous field he loved. He developed a plan that would allow him to work another 15 to 20 years in construction, this time as a manager. On his first day of class he sat behind a computer and didn't know how to turn it on. "This is my only shot," said Underwood. "If I go home because I get frustrated, I won't have any options for my future." Daniel persevered in his studies and stuck with his plan. He received a scholarship from Marrick Homes, the grand tournament sponsor of the 19th annual CSM Foundation Golf Classic, and is preparing to graduate with an Associates degree in Construction Management. Underwood plans to continue his studies and pursue a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland. (picture: Construction management student and recipient of St. Mary's County Government Scholarship Dan Underwood, left, meets with Biology and Physical Sciences Professor Tom Russ at his office on CSM's La Plata Campus.)