2020 Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Sophia DeMaio

My name is Sophia DeMaio. I am a 2020 graduate from South River High School, currently attending Anne Arundel Community College, majoring in biomedical engineering. After college, I hope to be conducting genetics research to find important information about cancerous cells in the human body. In addition to fulfilling my lifelong goal to serve in the United States Military. During high school, I tutored middle school students in math and science. I found my love of science and engineering through the robotics club. I volunteer at the SPCA animal shelter in Anne Arundel County while a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor to young kids.

2020 Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Bella Ferreira

My name is Bella Ferreira, and I am a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, where I plan on studying fine arts painting. I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, making art with my dad from a young age. I always went into everything I did from a creative perspective, which I knew I would use to drive my career path. It is incredibly exciting to have the privilege of studying exactly what I have dreamed of doing all my life. With my degree from RISD, I am sure to be equipped with the tools to create what I want for myself professionally in the arts. I want to be a creative entrepreneur as an artist that will touch many people. My current goal is to be fully present in my creative education and create connections that will last me a lifetime. The feeling of painting the perfect brush stroke in a compilation of hundreds of others is an experience that I am so immensely happy to pursue as a career path. I am ambitiously pursuing every aspect of an artist’s role in society as a game-changer and creative thinker.

2020 Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Maria Chacona

Maria graduated from Annapolis High School Summa Cum Laude, earning an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. She is currently attending the University of Maryland as a Psychology major with a Neuroscience minor. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology. Her interest in the brain and neuroscience stemmed from observing her grandfather’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She is passionate about a research career and hopes to be part of a team that finds cures and solutions to neurological disorders. Maria loves literature, classical ballet, linguistics, her dog (Buddy), and her cat (Frieda).

2019 Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Makayla Bridges

Makayla graduated from South River High School. She will be attending St. Mary’s College of Maryland this fall as a Biochemistry/Pre-Med major. As she pursues her bachelor’s degree she is already planning on continuing her education at Georgetown with a PhD in orthopedics. Makalyla was born in Chicago, Illinois and relocated to Maryland this year due to her mother’s passing. She loves music, dancing, and art in all forms! She enjoys learning new things and she is beyond excited to further her education in the medical field. She loves giving back and helping in any way possible.

2019 Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Book Stipend Recipient

Kyle Mosco

Kyle Mosco graduated from Northeast High School. He will be attending Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, NC, to further his studies in baking, pastry arts, and foodservice management. He will continue to use his leadership skills and great academic ability to reach his future goals.

2019 Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Hailey Smith

Hailey Smith grew up in the small town of South County with her older brother, dad, and, mom. Shortly after moving to the house that would be a new beginning for her little family, a tragedy happened in her home. When she was three years old, her father died from a heart attack. For Hailey going to school and graduating from Southern High School was great because of the small populated area. As she grew older, she started to wonder and have thoughts about her father’s passing so she started researching his cause of death. She became interested in a program at the Center of Applied Technology South, a vocational and hands-on school, were she enrolled in the Academy of Health Professions. Hailey learned about the human body through physiology, anatomy, and pathology. She became more interested in not only helping people with her father’s same situation, but helping others as well. The joy of helping others pushed her drive and passion to become a nurse.

2018 Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Dayshawn Womack

Dayshawn graduated from Annapolis High School and currently attends Wesley University in Dover, Delaware. Dayshawn has continued his athleticism by playing for his college football team.

2018 Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Tyjah Brown

TyjahBrown –  Tyjah graduated from Annapolis High School and currently attends Maryland Eastern Shore University. Tyjah describes herself as a flower that is constantly growing. Tyjah has lived in public housing all of her life and faced many challenges but found outlets in being a scholar and giving back to her community by working at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County since 2015. She was also in Seeds 4 Success where she gained mentors. Tyjah will be the first in her family to graduate from college.

2017 Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Arthur Slade III

Meet Arthur! Arthur is our second year scholarship recipient since the establishment of the Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Congratulations Arthur!

2016 Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Harold Lloyd III

Harold Lloyd, III is our first scholarship recipient since the establishment of the Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Harold’s passion for higher education and his personal relationship with the great Shelley C. White, Jr. touched our judges. As an Annapolis native and a recent Broadneck High School Alumni, Harold is in his senior year at Frostburg State University majoring in Law and Society with a minor in Political Science. Harold wants to change the way his community is viewed by making a difference in his society. Harold is already on the path to change by volunteering with his local community youth basketball team and being a role model to his peers. Harold is the creator of Superior Future a non-profit organization located in Maryland that emphasizes on education, opportunity and scholarship with the youth. Congratulations Harold Lloyd, III!


The Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in 2015

To honor the legacy of Shelley C. White, Jr., a public servant who devoted his time and talent to uplift the community. This scholarship program will annually award one or more scholarships up to $1,000 to high school graduates from Anne Arundel County Maryland.

The recipient must be a graduating high school senior from Anne Arundel County, Maryland who cannot afford to attend college but academically capable of achieving their dream of attending college. Shelley’s belief that encouraging, supporting and investing in the youth in the county in their time of need, and work towards a greater good by helping them through education will give them the knowledge and skills necessary for improving their lives and their communities. This scholarship will help fund the recipient’s collegiate or trade school tuition to show appreciation and express gratitude for their previous accomplishments and future contributions to society.

The scholarship is to be used for post-secondary education at an accredited nonprofit or public educational institution or trade school in pursuit of a “life dream” and/or professional goal.


  • A graduating high school senior attending school in Anne Arundel County
  • Must be accepted/enrolled as a full time student in an accredited college, university, or trade school


The application is now open. Please return your application to The Shelley C. White, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship Committee, 1333 Generals Hwy, P O Box 523 Crownsville MD 21032. All applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 1, 2022. For any additional questions email us at scwjrscholarship@gmail.com

Download and complete an application or obtain a hard copy of the application from your high school Guidance Counselor. A digital copy can be requested from the Scholarship Chair, Rgreen@napschool.com 

​All scholarship applicants will receive a confirmation email once the scholarship is received. Candidates who are considered to move forward will be invited by the Scholarship Committee to interview. The 2022 recipient(s) will be announced the Summer 2022.