BALTIMORE — Beginning her freshman year at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Carla Rose made a conscious effort to excel academically and athletically. Fortunately for Rose, the dedication, commitment and diligence paid off.
Fast forward to four years later: Rose earned recognition for her hard work by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) for her excellence in the classroom and sports with an Allstate Foundation Minds in Motion scholarship.
Out of more than 100 applicants throughout the state of Maryland, only 14 student-athletes were awarded the $1,000 scholarship, in addition to being honored by the MPSSAA at a luncheon held in the Baltimore Ravens’ locker room at M&T Bank Stadium on May 30.
“The Allstate Foundation is proud to support these next-generation leaders and history-makers from Maryland,” said Shaundra Turner Jones, Allstate Senior Corporate Relations Manager. “These amazing young students have shown outstanding initiative both in and outside of the classroom. It is an honor to assist them in their future endeavors and watch them achieve their full potential.”
Rose, a competitor in basketball, track and field and golf throughout her high school career and was the only student from Prince George’s County to receive the award.
“I was really humbled by finding out that I was going to be receiving a scholarship, and then actually going to the event,” said Rose. “It was a really humbling experience to see that I was the only one from Prince George’s County. I was able to represent Prince George’s County and my school in this event.”
Also named the 2019 Metro Girls Golfer of the Year by the Pigskin Club of Washington, Rose will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will start classes in the fall on a full-tuition scholarship from the Posse Foundation after graduating with a 4.1 GPA. Rose said she plans to major in computer science and engineering in addition to possibly participating in club golf.
As a basketball player during her freshman year, Rose was a point guard. In track and field, Rose competed in the 4×100-meter, 4×200-meter and 4×400-meter relays, and advanced to state championship competition in the long jump. This past golf season, she qualified the regional golf championship with a score of 85 over par, she added.
Thanks to a well-grounded support system and appreciable time management skills, Rose was able to balance playing multiple sports while maintaining a high GPA.
“Over the course of my high school career, I’ve been really blessed with the support system of my family and friends around me. And so I was able to rely on time management skills,” she said. “I had to schedule and manage my time to do homework and go to practice and things like that. So just time management and having the support system really helped me throughout my high school career.”
Roosevelt Golf Coach Ted Smith had the opportunity of coaching and mentoring Rose for each of her four years with golf the program. Smith was particularly impressed with Rose’s work ethic and leadership skills as a captain on the golf team, expressing that her award took him by no surprise.
“I wasn’t surprised because Carla is a dedicated individual when it comes to her class(work) and I knew that she was an all-around athlete and scholar,” Smith said.
“She was a great player, willing to learn and compete at the highest level that she could in high school.”
This 12th annual program, sponsored by The Allstate Foundation since its inception in 2008, provided $134,000 in scholarship funds toward “empowering and supporting the education of tomorrow’s future leaders.” The Minds in Motion Scholarship winners were each awarded $1,000.
“We congratulate all of these outstanding student-athletes for the hard work and perseverance it took to earn this scholarship,” said Andy Warner, MPSSAA Executive Director. “I too, am a product of the Maryland public schools and played three sports. I learned and developed different skills that I can look back on today as very beneficial to me in my current job now. Without a doubt, these students are better prepared for the future and we wish them all the best.”
Smith’s expectations for athletes are revealed through his philosophy, “practice and dedication leads to success.” Rose, he said, set the example for the younger golfers in the program by demonstrating that “hard work and determination will open doors.”
The sixth-year head coach concluded by describing the impact that he suspects Rose will make in college and beyond.
“I expected her to have a successful career. I also expected her to make a name for herself. She was willing to learn and she was determined to get better,” Smith said. “I expect her to make a difference, be a leader. I expect her to be able to enjoy success.”