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Pride of the Peake Week

Honoring John DeLuca, Bob Rauch & the Chesapeake College Multicultural Advisory Committee

Monday, April 26, 2021–Thursday, April 29, 2021

This spring, the Chesapeake College Foundation’s Pride of the Peake: Honoring Service Through Scholarships event kicked off virtually as Pride of the Peake Week. Our honorees and the scholarships designated in recognition of their service are highlighted here.

Watch the Finale event by clicking the video below→

We are so grateful to all of our sponsors and donors for their support. We are pleased to announce that since the airing of the video below, we have met our goal to raise $10,000 for each of the three scholarships detailed below. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success. Your donations will directly impact so many students!

2021 Pride of the Peake Honorees

John DeLuca

Community Advocate

T.R.E.E.S. Scholarship

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Bob Rauch

President, RAUCH inc.

Robert Rauch Scholarship

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Chesapeake College’s

Multicultural Advisory Committee

JC Gibson Memorial Book Scholarship

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John Deluca

Community Advocate

Following a career in sales, John DeLuca, with the support of his wife Irene, took a risk and started Delco Packaging Products in Dorchester County. Having successfully grown the business, Mr. DeLuca retired and, again, decided to start something—the T.R.E.E.S. Endowed Scholarship for Certified Nursing Assistants at Chesapeake College—in response to the challenges he saw as he spent time in assisted living facilities with Irene. In recent years, Mr. DeLuca’s involvement with Chesapeake has expanded to support the enhancement of other workforce training programs, like welding.

Learn more about Mr. DeLuca’s impact and inspiration in the following video. →

John DeLuca has had a profound impact on Chesapeake College, our CNA program, and our students. As baby boomers continue to age, the need for qualified CNAs and GNAs will only increase. This scholarship allows students to complete the training, become certified, and be employed in the workforce where they are critically needed.

Lisa WidmaierDirector of Non-Credit Healthcare Programs

The T.R.E.E.S. Endowed Scholarship in honor of John DeLuca

The T.R.E.E.S. Endowed Scholarship (Training, Recruiting, Educating, Employing, and Supporting) provides full tuition and fees, as well as scrubs and shoes, for students who enroll in the Certified Nursing Assistant program. Your contribution, as either a Sponsor or Donor, will directly benefit CNA students in our community, and honor Mr. DeLuca’s service.

Bob Rauch

President, RAUCH inc.

As the President of the Easton-based design consulting firm, RAUCH inc., and a member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, Bob Rauch has always valued the importance of educating and training the workforce of the Eastern Shore and the pathway from community colleges to four-year institutions. Under Mr. Rauch’s leadership, the RAUCH inc. team has partnered with Chesapeake College’s skilled trades programs to develop and teach relevant programs and coursework for paths in the skilled trades that will benefit community business partners in the region, and RAUCH inc. has actively recruited Chesapeake College graduates from those programs.

Learn more about Mr. Rauch’s impact and inspiration in the following video. →

Bob Rauch and his team at RAUCH inc. have been critical partners for our Drafting and Design program. They have provided advice on curriculum and project ideas, allowed us to bring students to their office for on-site tours, helped secure adjunct instructors for our classes, and hired Chesapeake graduates. I am sincerely grateful for Bob’s commitment to the program and look forward to continued collaboration and success.

Tom EllisSkilled Trades Coordinator and Assistant Professor

The Robert Rauch Endowed Scholarship

The Robert Rauch Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to any student who is a resident of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, or Talbot counties, and is pursuing coursework related to CAD Drafting, Land Surveying, or Design. Your contribution, as either a Sponsor or Donor, will directly benefit these students in our community, and honor Mr. Rauch’s service.

Multicultural Advisory Committee

Chesapeake College

With representation from the education, religious, and business communities in the five-county region, the Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) serves an essential role as both an informational resource and community liaison which fosters communication among our culturally diverse student body and communities on the Mid-Shore.

2020-2021 MAC members include Mark Berry, Dana Bowser, Kamari Collins, Dr. Clifford Coppersmith, Dina Daly, Gloria Gibson, Lonnelle Green, J. Kirk Howie, Rev. Alice Hutchins, Dr. Andrea Kane, Shay Lewis, Harriette Lowery, Sindy Reyes, Melvin Shorter, Dr. Lorelly Solano, Michele Wayman, and Vickie Wilson.

Learn more about the Multicultural Advisory Committee’s impact and aspirations in the following video. →

The Multicultural Advisory Committee is a tremendous asset to Chesapeake College. This committed group of community residents and staff is dedicated to achieving a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus while engaging in culturally relevant programming, to provide students with the necessary resources to succeed.

Kamari Collins - VP Student Success and Enrollment Management

The J.C. Gibson Memorial Book Scholarship

Established in honor of J.C. Gibson, a Chesapeake College employee who would regularly give students money to help them pay for books or lunch, and a fundraising effort of the MAC, the J.C. Gibson Memorial Book Scholarship provides book scholarships to economically disadvantaged students from the five-county region who enroll in a degree or certificate program. Your contribution, as either a Sponsor or Donor, will directly benefit Chesapeake students, and continue Mr. Gibson’s legacy.


Peake Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Reza and Dale Jafari

Green Sponsors

Philip and Irmy Webster
Cliff and Kathy Coppersmith
Bruce and Blenda Armistead

Blue Sponsors

Candle Light Cove
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cecil
Chaney Enterprises
Edward H. Boyd Fund
Shore United Bank
PKS & Company, P.A.
Willow Construction
Blenda Armistead
Tom and Cathy Hill
Mark, Donna, Dominic, Mia, and Luke Farella