CENTREVILLE — Grace Riggs of Chester is this year’s winner of the Faye Lister Teen of Character Scholarship in the amount of $500. Sponsored by the Centreville Rotary Club since 2005, the scholarship is given to a graduating senior residing in Queen Anne’s County.
Applicants are nominated by anyone or can be self-nominated. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize a student who has demonstrated exceptional character in their school and community utilizing the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship, Respect and Responsibility. All nominations are received by the Queen Anne’s County Character Counts coordinator, and a panel of judges score each applicant. Seventeen applications were received this year.
Grace, a graduating student at Kent Island High School, nominated herself for this scholarship. Writing her letter, she stated, “A responsible member of the community has character, moral values, and serves others in need.”
Mentioning many school activities during her four years, Grace also spoke about her work with her church at the summer Bible camp and participating in the Night To Shine, an event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, which is committed to celebrating individuals with special needs. She plans to attend Winthrop University in the fall.
Grace said, “I firmly believe we all have a calling. We also must help others in need. I will continue to use my resources and time to give back to the community after I graduate college.”
Grace received her certificate and a check for $500 in a brief ceremony June 9 in the courtyard, next to the statue of Queen Anne, since county buildings were closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Character Counts Advisory Council Co-Chairs Wayne Humphries and Susan Coppage, Character Counts coordinator Kelly Huber, and Katherine Hager, incoming president for Centreville Rotary, all attended.
Grace’s father Todd Riggs shared some special words with the group, thanking them for taking time to meet and present the award when so much of students’ senior year had been pre-empted by the pandemic.
The Character Counts Advisory board members and the Centreville Rotary Club congratulated Grace, thanking her for her service to those in need, and wished her well in her studies.