Local Special Education Students Awarded Cardin Scholarships

Three Baltimore County special education students have received scholarships of up to $1,500 from the Michael Cardin Scholarship Committee of the Maryland Association of Nonpublic Special Education Facilities (MANSEF).   They were honored for making tremendous strides despite their disabilities.

Kayla Buttner of Baltimore, Chiara D’Alessio of White Marsh and Ross Hall of Windsor all won Cardin scholarships. 

Buttner attended the Forbush School at Glyndon and plans to put her scholarship money toward tuition at the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex. 

D’Alessio is a student at the St. Elizabeth School in Baltimore and will use her scholarship to attend the Island Dolphin Care’s 5-Day Dolphin Time-Out Program in Key Largo, Fla. this summer. 

Hall attended The Strawbridge School in Baltimore and will put his award money toward tuition at the Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville. 

The Cardin committee gave 50 scholarships statewide to help fund additional educational pursuits for special education students including post-secondary education, trade school and summer learning opportunities.  All 50 award recipients have overcome challenging physical, emotional and learning disabilities and demonstrate that every student can achieve when given the tools and support to do so. 

MANSEF is a nonprofit organization of special education schools, created to promote quality services for children and youth with disabilities.  There are 93 nonpublic special education facilities that operate year-round and serve more than 3,500 students, ages 3- 21, in the state of Maryland.  


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