I throw out an easy challenge.

It sounds so simple, but it’s kinda complex. 

It’s just, “Be good. Do good.”


— Principal Dr. Michael J. Doran. Wootton High School 2015 graduation


Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Dr. Doran Scholarship Essay Contest!

From left to right:  John Riker, Ritika Naiknavare, Kathy Lavinder-Doran, Rita Zhang and Hirundi Mendries. Not pictured: Darya Bidarmanesh.

From left to right: John Riker, Ritika Naiknavare, Kathy Lavinder-Doran, Rita Zhang and Hirundi Mendries. Not pictured: Darya Bidarmanesh.

John Riker is an accomplished writer who will pursue a degree in Journalism at Northwestern University.  He hopes to have a career in sports journalism.  John was the winner of the inaugural Michael J. Doran Writing Contest in 2016.

Ritika Naiknavare was a Wootton Patriot Ambassador.  She will study bio engineering at the University of Maryland.  With plans to get an MBA after college, Ritika hopes to start her own biotech company one day.

Rita Zhang was a competitive swimmer at Wootton and has been coaching younger swimmers on her community team.  Rita will study biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech.  She plans to use her skills in engineering, biology, and medicine to solve issues that impact people.

Hiruni Mendries will major in Biology at the University of Maryland with a pre-med track.  Her dream is to become a surgeon.  Hiruni picked up the Student Service Learning Award for the Class of 2019 after logging the most volunteer hours.

Darya Bidarmanesh has taken advantage of a dual enrollment program with Montgomery College and has already started her studies in Cybersecurity.   Active in the Wootton Computer Science Coalition and the Cybersecurity team, Darya will be the first in her family to attend college!


Our Mission

The Dr. Michael J. Doran Scholarship, Inc. was established by his family in April 2016 for the benefit of Thomas S. Wootton High School students attending college upon graduation.  

Scholarships provide financial assistance to graduates of Wootton in Rockville, Maryland whose parents were not able to go college, as well as students with particularly compelling circumstances.   

Since May 2016, with input from school administrators and the PTSA, the Doran family have awarded scholarships to select students from Wootton’s graduating class who embody the ideals of Dr. Doran. Click here to learn more.


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