The Leonardtown Rotary Club, Paddle for Heroes Committee, presented $1,000 to Dr. Tracy Harris, vice president and dean of the College of Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown Campus, to establish a scholarship at the college for First Responders and their families. From left are Rotarians Carol Coppenbarger, Harris, Robin Finnacom and Barbara Thompson. The proceeds were raised from the rotary club’s kayak and paddle for fun race held in June 2017.

The 2018 event, which will be held at Leonardtown Wharf on Saturday, June 9, 2018 (rain date Saturday, June 23, 2018), will not only raise funds for First Responders scholarships but will also be offering military personnel who are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with funds to attend the Warfighter Advance™ seven-day peer-to-peer counseling program. The funds were part of the CSM Foundation’s record-breaking #GivingTuesday event which raised funds for student scholarships and programs on Nov. 28 .

For information about the Leonardtown Rotary, visit For information about scholarships at CSM, visit To learn about establishing a scholarship at the college, contact CSM Development Director Chelsea Brown at 301-934-7649.