Diana Flores, a senior at Winters Mill High School, has earned a Dorsey Scholarship from McDaniel College. The scholarship provides full tuition, room, and board for all four years at McDaniel and is valued at more than $200,000. The announcement was made during a surprise visit to the school on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
The Dorsey Scholars Program is the highest academic honor at McDaniel College. The purpose of the scholarship is to honor and celebrate outstanding and high-achieving students who will become future academic leaders and role models on campus at McDaniel. Dorsey Scholars have distinctive opportunities, including serving as ambassadors of the college. Students do not apply for the award but are chosen from the Honors applicant pool. Flores is one of three incoming freshmen for the Class of 2025 awarded a Dorsey Scholarship.
Diana Flores is described as a committed, caring, hardworking, and compassionate student who is dedicated to both her academics and extracurriculars. She is an executive board member for Falcons of Strength, the Sources of Strength chapter at Winters Mill High School. Sources of Strength is an international program to prevent youth suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse.
Flores was recognized as the 2020 Student Champion of the Year by the Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign for her work using social media to connect with her peers to reach out and help them cope with issues like loneliness and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her passion to shine a light on mental health issues led Flores to be featured on NBC's “TODAY” show. She is also involved with the Cultural Differences Unite Club at her high Winters Mill.
The Dorsey Scholars Program is supported by a $6.7 million estate gift from 1891 alumnus Philip Henry Dorsey, the largest bequest for scholarships in McDaniel’s history. For more information about McDaniel College’s Dorsey Scholars Program, visit www.mcdaniel.edu/dorsey-scholars.
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