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Eight CCPS high school graduates receive scholarships through local organization

Eight Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) high school graduates were recently awarded scholarships through the Charles County Juneteenth Foundation, Inc. The Charles County Juneteenth Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide educational opportunities about Juneteenth and its history, bring awareness to the rich African-American heritage of Charles County, provide scholarship opportunities and support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) businesses.

Each scholarship recipient received a $750 scholarship fund after meeting necessary criteria to qualify for the award. Each awardee completed a short essay, a final high school transcript and a college acceptance letter to qualify for the award.

The 2023 Charles County Juneteenth Foundation, Inc. recipients are:

  • Toyosi Adedeji, Thomas Stone High School graduate and Towson University student.
  • Anisha Azille, Westlake High School graduate and College of Southern Maryland student.
  • Makiah Brown, graduate of Maurice J. McDonough High School and Tennessee State University student.
  • Kamari Copeland, Westlake graduate and Norfolk State University student.
  • Joelle Dorsey, St. Charles High School graduate and Stevenson University student.
  • Kanya Kondo, Westlake graduate and Bowie State University student.
  • Princesa Sibilia-Depaz, Westlake graduate and Savanah College of Art & Design student.
  • Kyah West, graduate of Westlake High School and Salisbury University student.

Since 2020 the Charles County Juneteenth Foundation, Inc. has impacted over 5,000 people in the community by bringing together families, businesses and cultural organizations to honor the history of African Americans and their future, according to information provided by the foundation. The foundation continues to receive donations and sponsorships to fund opportunities such as their scholarship fund and annual community celebration.

For more information about the foundation and how to get involved email the Charles County Juneteenth Foundation at

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,598 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).