Colin J. Haller Scholarship Recipients

2019: Madison Watson, Havre de Grace High School


Madison’s heartfelt essay on her passion for helping others and her career aspirations to be a nurse immediately grabbed the review committee’s attention. “My passion is giving back to others and making a thumbprint on their life,” she wrote. “Becoming a nurse is one of the few careers where I can do that and in a time when people really need you the most. I look forward to one day someone coming up to me and saying, ‘you made a very difficult time better, and you made my illness not such a bad thing after all.’ What else could I ask for? My rent on earth will not be wasted.” Madison served on the Harford County Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, was secretary of the Havre de Grace Youth Commission, made the Distinguished Principal’s Honor Roll every quarter all four years of high school, and volunteered at events to raise funds for Eagles Fly for Leukemia. Madison is attending Towson University in the fall to pursue her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. 

2018: Allison Frick, Havre de Grace High School

Allison was a clear standout in the amazing amount of applications we received for this year’s scholarship. She is a varsity swimmer that always challenges herself to improve in and out of the pool. At the top of her class, she maintains excellent grades and an academically challenging schedule. She is deeply caring of others and wants to help people in both big and small ways. We were delighted to hear at the Senior Awards Ceremony that she is also an Al Cesky Scholarship winner. Colin also received this scholarship, awarded for excelling in academics and athletics, of which he was particularly proud. She is pursuing a degree in respiratory therapy from Salisbury College and hopes that her work as a respiratory therapist will her to travel.

2017: Sara Decker, Aberdeen High School

Photo credit: Kerry Paradis Photography

Photo credit: Kerry Paradis Photography

Photo credit: Kerry Paradis Photography

Photo credit: Kerry Paradis Photography

Sara reminds us of Colin in so many ways. She excelled academically, earning a 4.0 unweighted GPA while taking 15 honors and AP classes. She ran cross country and track and field, serving as captain, setting two school records and qualifying for states. Her resume is extensive and also includes All-County/State Choir member, public relations officer for the National Honor Society, and several community service projects.

Sara begins the Applied Science Program at Wheaton College this fall. After earning her bachelor's degree from Wheaton, she aspires to attend the University of North Carolina to pursue master's degree in nutrition, working towards her ultimate goal of becoming a sports nutritionist. 

When she walked onto the stage at Aberdeen High School's Senior Awards Ceremony to accept the scholarship, the first thing she said to us was that she had read Colin's story online and was so happy we had chosen her. We think he would be proud.