Media Advisory: Evening of Excellence Ceremony on May 15 to Recognize 225 Recipients of More Than $2 Million in Scholarships

May 10, 2024

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Educational Foundation will award 18 scholarships and awards, totaling over $2.3M, to more than 225 MCPS seniors representing every high school in MCPS at the Evening of Excellence ceremony on Wednesday, May 15. 

207 recipients of the Ruth and Norman Rales-Patricia Baier O’Neill Scholarship Recognizing Academic Excellence, the largest program, will receive $10,000 each. The scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from the Norman R. Rales and Ruth Rales Foundation. 

2024 is the inaugural awarding of the Gilles Driesman Scholarship; the Cesar Pie Cyber Defender Scholarship; and the Lamphier-Castelli New American Dream for the Future Scholarship.

WHAT: Evening of Excellence Ceremony recognizing the over 225 students receiving scholarships.  

WHERE: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.


  • Joshua Rales, President and Trustee of the Norman R. and Ruth Rales Foundation

  • James R. O’Neill, Husband of Patricia Baier O’Neill and Counsel, Blankrome

  • Keynote Speaker, Tameka Montgomery, Founder and CEO, Core Strategy Partners

  • Dewanga Mayarata, Rockville High School

  • Andrew Friedson, President, Montgomery County Council 

  • Debbie Driesman, Daughter of Gilles Driesman

Speakers and a few of the scholarship recipients will be available for interviews following the program. Members of the media are asked to contact Aisha Mbowe to RSVP for the event or to do a pre/post story on this effort.


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