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Shelley Hann scholarship awarded

Debutantes: Madeline Rosenberger earns $2,500 Debutante scholarship

Posted: May 29, 2010 10:09 p.m.
Updated: May 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Valencia High senior Maddie Rosenberger, center, was awarded the Shelley L. Hann Debutante Scholarship. Shelley Hann, left, and Rosenberger’s mother, Leila Rosenberger, congratulate the scholarship winner.

 

It was an exciting end to a rewarding social season for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild Silver Rose debutante Madeline Rosenberger, who won the $2,500 Shelley L. Hann Debutante Scholarship during the program's final event, a farewell brunch.

The Valencia High senior was awarded the scholarship after an extensive application process that included several essays, 50 hours of community service and an interview session with the Guild's five-person panel. Nine of the 12 debutantes in the 2009-2010 program applied for the scholarship.

"All the girls are so talented and great, I was really surprised that I was the one who received it," Rosenberger said. "It meant a lot that the panel saw me as a good member of the community and of the debutante program. It was very humbling."
Rosenberger's nonprofit background was a key factor for her win, according to Hann, who created the scholarship in 2008 to provide an additional incentive for Santa Clarita Valley high school seniors to join the Silver Rose Debutante program, which raises funds for Newhall Memorial's Intensive Care Unit.

"Maddie started her own organization, The Soft Spot Foundation, when she was 14, and since the debutante program works on teaching the girls to be philanthropic and community service oriented, we just felt that she was an amazing representative of those principles," Hann said. "But it was challenging because all of the debutantes who applied for the scholarship are incredible young women and have very bright futures ahead of them."

The Silver Rose Debutante program, now in its 25th year, is open to local high school seniors with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. During the six-month social season, which starts in September and culminates with a Grand Ball in March, debutantes are required to participate in hospital fundraisers and events and learn vital social, civic, and professional skills.

During the 2009-10 season, Rosenberger was asked to prepare a presentation on the debutante program to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial's board of directors, which she did with aplomb, said Guild vice president Catherine Montoya.

"Maddie is an outstanding young lady. She is very composed and presented the program in such a mature and articulate fashion," Montoya said. "She is very proud to be a debutante and that was definitely a plus for the scholarship panel."

While she's still considering colleges, Rosenberger is leaning strongly towards Boston University, where she plans to study journalism.

"The debutante experience has been great and winning the scholarship is a great ending to the whole program," she said.
For more information on the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild Silver Rose Debutante program, visit www.henrymayo.com or call (661) 253-8051.

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