McCormick & Co. just announced Georgiana Benckini and Carter Herbert as the 89th and 90th recipients of the Charles Perry McCormick Scholarship, which is worth $40,000 over four years.
Established in 1940 by former McCormick Chairman Charles P. McCormick Sr., the Unsung Heroes program recognizes unselfish student-athletes, and reflects McCormick & Company's core belief in the Power of People. To date, the company has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to deserving student-athletes.
For 2023, the flavors, spices and seasonings company partnered with the Baltimore Banner and the Baltimore Ravens in a celebration of student-athletes in an event held at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. During the event, students got a behind-the-scenes look with locker room tours and visits from the Ravens cheerleaders, Poe, and the OLD BAY can mascot. Students also had a chance to take pictures with keynote speaker Sam Koch, former Punter for the Baltimore Ravens.
Benckini and Herbert were chosen from nearly 100 Baltimore-area student-athletes honored as Unsung Heroes this year. The full list of this year's McCormick Unsung Heroes nominees is here. McCormick is proud to recognize each of these student athletes.
Benckini, a member of the women's basketball team at Notre Dame Preparatory School, showcased her selflessness on the basketball court. She learned a new position during her senior year to benefit the team, often guarding players who were much taller and battling on key possessions to rebound the ball for her team's chance to score. After suffering a concussion mid-season, she returned at the end of the season to become the biggest supporter for the player who replaced her in the line-up. She is a true Unsung Hero who exemplifies unselfish play.
Herbert, a member of the men's football team at Perry Hall High School, made sacrifices on and off the field. Despite missing several football practices to work a part-time job and take care of his ailing grandmother, he was committed to being part of the team and worked hard to become one of the best offensive tackles. He often asked what he could do to continue to improve his skills.
In his own words, "my team provided support through some tough times I faced, and in exchange, I showed up every day ready to put in work so that I could support them and not disappoint them."
Four other students were recognized with additional scholarships at this year's Unsung Heroes event. Brianna Bridgemohan of Forest Park High School and Adam Ossakow of Hereford High School each received $7,500 scholarships. Imani Groce of Western School of Technology and Environmental Science and Emmanuel Awogbesan of Milford Mill Academy each got $5,000 scholarships.