*Students receiving the 2021 HCSS Scholarship met the following requirements:
– GPA of a 3.0 or higher
– Be a Hanover County Resident
– Attend a Hanover County Public School (i.e. Atlee, Hanover, Lee-Davis or Patrick Henry High School)
– Have community service or work experience with people who have developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and/or substance use disorder
– Plans to pursue a degree in one of the following: Special Education, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Early Intervention, Adapted Physical Education, Speech-Language Pathology, Therapeutic Recreation, etc.
Marissa Marczak is a senior at Patrick Henry High School. She will be attending Randolph-Macon College in the fall to pursue a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience. At Patrick Henry, Marissa serves as the Vice President of La Sociedad Honoraria and is involved in Beta Honor Society, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Science National Honor Society, and Key Club. Outside of school, she is part of Friendship Circle of Virginia and is currently President of the Friendship Circle Teen Leadership Board. She serves individuals with disabilities at Birthday Circles, Friends@Home, and Trivia Time. In addition, Marissa volunteers for national Friendship Circle events.
Peyton Conti is a senior at Mechanicsville High School. She plans to attend Temple University in the fall to pursue a degree in Music Therapy with a concentration in voice. During Peyton’s high school career she was an active member of National Honors Society, BETA, SODA and Spanish Honors Society. Her senior year she also served as vice president in International Thespian Society as well as a show captain in the mixed show choir at Mechanicsville High School. Outside of school Peyton has volunteered for Night to Shine, Big Feet Meets and helped out with the special needs bible study at her church. Lastly, she has participated in Live Art, a show for children of all abilities, for multiple years and loved every minute of it. She is extremely grateful to have been chosen for this scholarship and cannot wait to continue to help the special needs friends in our community!