Kara Merritt of Indian Head received the Chiaramonte Hope Scholarship, the GRPA Foundation scholarship and the Thomas Goldsmith Scholarship at the 2015 CSM Foundation Scholarship Reception.
Merritt, a nursing student, told donors that she always wanted to help others and that even as a child, she would care for her brothers and neighborhood kids when they had scraped knees. She served in the Navy and then decided to go to nursing school. "I moved to Southern Maryland, started taking classes at CSM and I made the soccer team. I was 27 years old, which was about nine years older than most of my teammates. I was taking seven classes and working part time." She knew that she couldn't keep up the pace of working to support herself, pay for college tuition and attend CSM full-time in the nursing program. She applied for several scholarships and was overjoyed, she said, when she received the funds to continue her studies as CSM. "I have learned if you try your hardest you will accomplish what you have set your mind to... it just takes time. You cannot plant a seed today, and expect flowers tomorrow," she said.