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A Scholarship Calling Salisbury’s Youth To Action

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SALISBURY, Md. -  It's a unique scholarship, built to address the high cost of education, but simultaneously to get the youth of Salisbury engaged in downtown revitalization.

"So the whole basis of the scholarship is a design project for an empty lot that's downtown in Salisbury, and we're going to pick what is the best design and award that student the scholarship," says Brandon Brittingham of Long & Foster.

Brittingham and Salisbury City Council President Jake Day were brainstorming last year when they arrived at the idea: Invite high schoolers to submit designs for the vacant Lot 30, then award a 15-hundred dollar scholarship to the creator of the best.

"We're just more looking for the creative side of it and we left it very open so that the students had the ability to kind of go wild with it. Out of that creativity, we really think there's a chance or a possibility that that idea could be turned into a reality at some point. Frankly what our biggest concern is we think we're going to get so many good submissions that it's going to be hard to pick one," Brandon says.

With that in mind they're keeping the pool relatively small this year, accepting designs only from seniors at Parkside High. The winner will be chosen by a panel consisting of Brandon, Mayor Jim Ireton, and City Council.

This is the first year the scholarship has been made available, but Brandon hopes to continue the idea into the future.

"What's happening in Downtown Salisbury, it's starting to change the landscape but that landscape may not change for five to ten years, and the students that are at this age group, that's when it will really affect them, five or ten years from now," Brandon says.

The deadline for submissions is March 22nd. Brandon welcomes any and all submissions and says the designs don't have to be anything overly professional-looking. The winner will be presented at Parkside's Senior Night.

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