(June 4, 2019) Ravens Roost golf tournaments held in Ocean Pines during the last two decades have raised more than $187,000 in scholarships for local students.
This year, Ravens Roost #44, based in Ocean City, gave out a total of $14,200 in scholarships to graduating seniors at Stephen Decatur High School and Worcester Preparatory School, and at Indian River High School in Dagsboro, Delaware.
Scholarship applications are annually distributed through local schools, and applicants must submit an essay on “The Importance of Athletics in Today’s American Society.”
“The golf tournament is our major fundraiser for college scholarships to our local high school seniors,” Don McMullen, co-chair of the event, said. “The Scholarship Committee reviews applications for the Scholar Athlete Scholarships and selects recipients based on their SAT scores, GPAs, community service, reference letters from teachers and coaches, and sports team participation.
“We really had some stellar scholar-athletes this year,” he continued. “They exceled not only on the sports fields, but also in the classrooms.”
Six scholarships for $2,200 each were distributed to Colin Miller and Chloe Ruddo at Worcester Prep, Brett Derquist and Grace Byers at Stephen Decatur, and Robert Argo and Abigail O’Shields at Indian River. Additionally, Stephen Decatur High School senior Alexis Black was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
The 22nd annual tournament, held last Friday at the Ocean Pines Golf Course, included nearly 70 players and raised more than $12,000 for scholarships, to be distributed next year.
A luncheon after the tournament was held at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club.
“[Ocean Pines Golf Director] John Malinowski and his staff had the course in great shape for our annual tournament,” McMullen said. “The customer service was outstanding at our course, and the Yacht Club luncheon was very good, as well as the customer service there.”
McMullen said the event regularly attracts Ravens Roost members from throughout the state, as well as golfers local to Ocean Pines. The tournament is held at the same time each year, in conjunction with the start of the annual Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts convention in Ocean City.
Major sponsors for the event this year included Atlantic General Hospital, the Original Green Turtle, and the Matt Ortt Companies. McMullen said Atlantic General CEO Michael Franklin also participated in the tournament.
Many local businesses in Ocean Pines, Ocean City and Delaware sponsor tee signs to support scholarship efforts, while others donate items for a silent auction.
“You name the business in this area and they normally contribute, so it’s really a true community support for our tournament,” McMullen said. “We also had volunteer members of Ravens Roost #44 that contributed to the success of this year’s tournament, as they do every year.”
For more information on the Ravens Roost #44, visit www.ocravensroost44.com.