"We're just blessed to have a good quality life in Washington County, and I personally feel a desire to give back to the community," said Sandeen, 36, of Boonsboro.
She chairs United Way's agency relations and allocations committee, which channels donated funds to deserving member agency programs. She also has volunteered to help with the local Chamber of Commerce's women's golf tournament, a mud volleyball tournament to benefit the Community Free Clinic, and Hospice of Washington County.
Sandeen's biggest challenge over the past six months has been juggling her volunteer efforts with increased job responsibilities since her promotion last August, she said. The 16-year Citicorp veteran - a past recipient of the business' Quality of Excellence Award - now manages about 465 employees in Hagerstown and Jacksonville, Fla.
"I've had to scale back my volunteer work, but I believe in the agencies, and as soon as I'm on my feet in my new position I hope to resume 110 percent participation with them," Sandeen said.
"And I'd never give up my role with United Way because I really believe in what the (agency relations and allocations) committee does," she said.
The service award is named in honor of former United Way Executive Director Kagle, who died in 1987. His widow, Audrey Kagle, was on hand Thursday to present the 2003 Kagle Scholarship Award to Hagerstown Community College student Sylvia J. Barvir.
The Smithsburg High School graduate, 18, has been active with the Girl Scouts-Shawnee Council for 13 years and has received the Scouts' highest honor - the Gold Award - for running a day camp for underprivileged children in the HotSpots high-crime area.
The daughter of Ringgold residents Jane and John Barvir, Sylvia is studying to become an elementary school teacher. She will use the scholarship money to pay for books at HCC, she said.
Barvir received the Kagle scholarship last year and was chosen to win the award again because of her exceptional academic performance and continuing community service work, Audrey Kagle said.
"She deserves it. She's doing just beautifully," Kagle said.