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Sept. 13: Dean White to receive Distinguished Citizen Award

FREDERICK, Maryland—Olivia White, Ph.D., vice president for student life and dean of students at Hood College, earned the 2017 George B. Delaplaine Distinguished Citizen Award in recognition of the positive and lasting impact she has made in the community.

White is the first female to be selected for this award in Frederick County, and she will be honored at an event Sept. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center on Hood’s campus. Since 1996, the Francis Scott Key District of the Boy Scouts of America has annually awarded this honor to an outstanding member of the Frederick community who has lived life according to the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law.

“I am truly honored to receive this Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award in the name of George Delaplaine, a servant-leader who has devoted his life to service, character development and responsible citizenship,” said White. “These qualities are also among those I value. Without a doubt, there are many others who embrace similar qualities in the Frederick community that are deserving of such recognition.”

The selection of White for this year’s honor was a unanimous choice by a community involving scouting leaders in Frederick County and Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.

White is an active volunteer in the Frederick community. She has held leadership positions with the Frederick County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Heartly House, Advocates for Homeless Families, the Honors Class, the Weinberg Center for the Arts, Saint John's Catholic Prep (formerly St. John’s Literary Institution at Prospect Hall), and the UNESCO Center for Peace. White is a member of the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County and a graduate of Leadership Frederick.

She received high praise for her leadership role in bringing to Frederick a four-day international conference that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education in March 2004. She was also on the 2014 planning committee for “Realizing the Dream,” a yearlong series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, featuring guest lectures, performances, documentaries, the historic Sept. 26 March on Frederick, and a conference on contemporary Civil Rights issues.

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