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2017 Minds In Motion Winners Learn The Importance Of Being Comfortable With Uncomfortable!!

June 1, 2017 03:00 PM
Photo of all of the 2017 Minds In Motion Scholarship winners holding their oversized checks.

     The fourteen recipients of the 2017 Minds In Motion Scholar-Athlete Scholarships, along with their parents, school representatives, and district level athletic administrators took part in a luncheon held in their honor today (6/1) in the Ravens Locker Room at M&T Bank Stadium.  These scholarships are made possible by the Allstate Foundation who also had several representatives in attendance.  Thank you Allstate Foundation!  

     This year's guest speaker was Dr. Karen A. Stout, President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc. and President Emerita of Montgomery County (PA) Community College.  Dr. Stout is also a graduate of Bel Air HS and has the distinction of being the first ever "Female Athlete of The Year" by the then Baltimore Evening Sunpaper.  She spoke to the audience about focusing on four P's which all lead to possibilities in life's future - people, passion, practice, and presence.  Dr. Stout drew comparisons from her own life in sports and from her career path to show how sports participation positively influenced her life.

     This the tenth year for this highly competitive scholarship program which awards $1,000 toward post-secondary education to each of the female and male senior student-athletes chosen who attend an MPSSAA school and participate in MPSSAA recognized sports. This year's winners are:

Veronica Chen, G.W. Carver Center     Morgan Rush, Northern-Garrett
Brett Culhane, Henry E. Lackey            Omolola Sanusi, Seneca Valley
Conner Houtman, Parkside                  Paul Seibert, Clear Spring
Vicente Iglesias, Towson                       Nehemiah Stewart, Huntingtown
Peter Kannam, City College                  Jamie Sullivan, Bowie
Courtney Klapka, North Harford         Haley Tiller, Reservoir
Lauren Murphy, Mount Hebron          Katie Zehner, Bethesda-CC
     "The Allstate Foundation is proud to reward outstanding students in Maryland for their stellar performance in the classroom along with their extracurricular activities," said Kyla O'Brien, The Allstate Foundation spokesperson.  "Strong young leaders are the future and it is an honor to support them in their endeavors for higher education."

     Students with an immediate family member (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, ward, daughter or son and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) employed by The Allstate Foundation ("Sponsor"), Allstate Insurance Company, any Allstate Insurance agency and persons living in their same households, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win this scholarship.  An eligible minor must have his/her parent's or legal guardian's permission to enter.  Void where prohibited by law.  Program is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.


About The Allstate Foundation - Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth, and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people's lives.  For more information, visit

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