LOS ANGELES, 2015-9-2 — /Travel PR News/ — Oakwood Worldwide®, the global leader in corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions, is pleased to award five dedicated and exemplary students scholarships and bursary awards through the Howard F. Ruby Scholarship Program. The program, named after the company founder, has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships over the past six years to children of Oakwood Worldwide Associates.
This year’s recipients earned scholarships for their exceptional academic achievements and community service:
• Connor May, from Arlington Heights Ill., was awarded a $6,000 scholarship;
• Cassandra May, from Arlington Heights Ill., received a $3,000 scholarship; and
• Madison Shaw, from Wilsonville Ore., was honored with a $1,500 scholarship.
Due to the number of impressive applications that were received, the committee also selected two applicants, Stephanie Arellano, from Laveen, Ariz., and Joshua Smith, from Arkansas Pass, Texas, who will each receive one-time bursary awards of $750 for the 2015 school year.
“Every year I am impressed by the dedication shown by the children of our Associates,” said Howard F. Ruby, chairman, founder and CEO, Oakwood Worldwide. “As an entrepreneur, I can appreciate the determination and ingenuity of these students – they are so very deserving of this award. I want to extend my thanks to every applicant and congratulate this year’s recipients.”
Connor May, a graduate of Buffalo Grove High School in Arlington Heights Ill., will be attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas, this fall. May plans on majoring in Mechanical Engineering with the hopes of landing in the automotive industry. During most of his high school career, he participated in numerous extra-curricular activities including auto club, supplementing his passion for engineering. In addition to working on his budding career, Connor volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and the Appalachian Service Project in which volunteers make homes warmer and safer in Central Appalachia.
Cassandra May, also a recent graduate of Buffalo Grove High School in Arlington Heights, Ill., plans to further her education this fall at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. May plans to double major in accounting and finance in order to take the CPA exam and work in the auditing sector of an accounting firm. Similar to her brother, May participated in multiple volunteering groups during her high school career, specifically the Appalachian Service Project also known as ASP. She intends to continue her service for ASP and volunteer work while attending Baylor, hoping to become involved in one of Baylor’s multitude of outdoor opportunities.
Madison Shaw aspires to become a first grade teacher, intending on studying Elementary Education. A recent graduate of Wilsonville High School in Wilsonville Ore., Shaw will be attending George Fox University in Oregon this fall. Shaw volunteers at her local church as a Middle School Leader encouraging the young minds of the organization. She also organized and will be attending a mission trip to San Francisco to help the homeless.
Recipients of the Howard F. Ruby scholarship awards are recognized for academic achievement and community involvement through volunteer work in the areas of health and human services, education, arts and culture, civic life, community service and environmental preservation. Based on annual reviews by the Howard F. Ruby Scholarship Program Committee, each scholarship, excluding the bursary awards, may be re-issued annually for a total of $42,000 awarded over four years of college education for these recipients.
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