Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Five St. Charles residents have been named the winners of the 2012 St. Charles Community Scholarship awards, funded by the St. Charles Companies and conducted in cooperation with the Charles County Scholarship Fund.

Samantha Thana, Shayla Anderson, Jemm Dela Cruz, Cayley Dymond, and Deveraux Smith have each been awarded $500 scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year.

Ms. Thana, who will graduate from McDonough High School, is already attending classes at DeVry University, seeking a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Administration.  In addition to being on the High Honor and Principal's Honor student list at McDonough, Ms. Thana is a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Government Association, and the Future Business Leaders of America. She is also fluent in Thai and Spanish.

Ms. Anderson, also a McDonough student, plans to study Marine Biology at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. During her high school career, Ms. Anderson earned Principal’s honor roll designations, is a Maryland Athletic Association Scholar Athlete, and was an officer in SADD, SGA, Future Educators Association, and the Charles County Association of Student Councils.

Ms. Dela Cruz, who will graduate from Thomas Stone, plans to major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In high school, Ms. Dela Cruz earned Principal's Honors, was president of the Student Government Association, and was awarded outstanding achievement in AP Environmental Science and AP U.S. and Comparative Government

Ms. Dymond, who will graduate from North Point, will be attending Purdue University to study Aerospace Engineering.  Ranked at the top of her class, Ms. Dymond is a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, a three-time finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, an AP Scholar of Distinction, and a NASA WISH Aerospace Scholar.

Mr. Smith, also a North Point student, will be pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. He is an honor roll student, earned the Top Male Athlete award, is a participant in the Cadet Officer Leadership Program, and completed three years of Air Force JROTC.

"We are proud to honor these outstanding St. Charles residents for their accomplishments,” said Alan Shearer, CEO of The St. Charles Companies. “These young people, and the many, many applicants we reviewed, represent the best and brightest of our community, and we hope these scholarships will help foster their continued academic and personal development.”

Each year St. Charles awards $500 scholarships to St. Charles students, through applications submitted via the Charles County Scholarship Foundation, Inc. The St. Charles Companies is a proud supporter of many non-profit educational initiatives, as well as the Charles County Public Schools and the College of Southern Maryland.

The St. Charles Companies ( includes American Community Properties Trust, The Apartments of St. Charles, American Land Development and St. Charles Community, LLC. The St. Charles Companies’ lines of business include residential and commercial development of St. Charles, a 9,100 acres planned community in Charles County, Maryland and the ownership of an apartment portfolio of approximately 3,000 units, primarily in St. Charles. St. Charles is the largest population center in Charles County and is known for its diverse and abundant neighborhoods, lively retail centers, recreational opportunities and excellent schools. St. Charles is home to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Atlantic league baseball team at Regency Furniture Stadium and has several additional new construction projects underway within its boundaries, including the new St. Charles High School and a new public library. St. Charles appeals to all ages and lifestyles and was recently named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top bargains for places to retire.

Federal Capital Partners ( acquired The St. Charles Companies in December 2009 through its FCP Fund I, L.P. FCP is a real estate investment company headquartered in Georgetown in Washington, DC. Since its inception, FCP has acquired more than $2.0 billion of real estate assets and debt across all property types. Through its discretionary commingled private equity funds, FCP invests directly in core plus, value-add, opportunistic and development properties. In addition, FCP provides both equity and debt capital to real estate operating partners and is aggressively seeking office, residential (for sale and for rent), industrial and retail investments in the Mid-Atlantic markets.