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FREDERICK, MD – January 16, 2018: To lower barriers to post-secondary education, a coalition of local organizations known as the Frederick County FAFSA Coalition announces five workshops to assist in completing the FAFSA form. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step in accessing a variety of scholarships and federal funding. Financial aid experts will be present to answer questions. The workshops are free; registration is strongly recommended by visiting www.FrederickCountyGives.org/FAFSAFinish. Each event is being held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:
January 30, 2018, Frederick High School; February 6, 2018, Governor Thomas Johnson High School; February 7, 2018, Catoctin High School; February 8, 2018, Brunswick High School, and February 12, 2018 – Walkersville High School.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County’s online scholarship application will open on March 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018, with just over $1 million available. By completing one general application, students may qualify for more than 250 scholarships. Students about to complete their senior year of high school, students already enrolled in a trade school, college or university, and non-traditional students over the age of 21 are eligible to apply. Scholarship criteria are established by the scholarship funds’ founding donors. Some scholarships do not consider financial need. All students are encouraged to apply.
Free scholarship information sessions to learn about the variety of available scholarships, how to access the application, tips for completing the application successfully, and more are scheduled at most area high schools between the dates of January 30, 2018 and February 28, 2018. The schedule can be accessed at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County is a recognized leader in providing scholarships to area students, made possible by generous donors. For the 2017-2018 academic year alone, the Community Foundation provided more than $1 million in scholarships to area students.
FREDERICK, MD – December 20, 2017: From January 1, 2018 through February 15, 2018, students in grades 6 through 12 may apply for financial aid scholarships to attend spring and summer 2018 athletic and sports activities or athletic camps. The scholarships are funded by The Dustin and Courtney Muse Memorial Fund, one of more than 690 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The application and details of all requirements may be accessed through the Community Foundation’s website at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com. Scholarships will support participation fees only, and payment will be made directly to the youth athletic organization and/or as a reimbursement to the parent/guardian with proof of payment. Applicants must be a Frederick County resident and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The application must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s online scholarship system no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2018.
Charitable memorial funds are one of the many ways The Community Foundation of Frederick County helps individuals, families, and organizations honor the memory of deceased loved ones by continuing to positively impact lives through grants and scholarships.
FREDERICK, MD – January 17, 2018: The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County will begin accepting grant applications for the 2018 grant cycle on February 15, 2018, and up to $190,000 will be provided from The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County Fund. The fund is one of more than 690 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The Women’s Giving Circle grants are presented to area nonprofits that offer programs and/or services that promote self-sufficiency for women and their dependents who reside in Frederick County. The Women’s Giving Circle’s 2018 funding priorities will focus on emergency services or growth. Emergency services are defined as projects that provide food, shelter, medical care, and/or safety. Growth is defined as projects that provide education, transportation, childcare, personal improvement, recovery, and self-sufficiency.
The online application can be accessed at www.womensgivingcircleoffred.org/grants. No paper applications will be accepted. The application closes on March 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time. Organizations may submit applications for up to four projects, with each proposal not to exceed $10,000. The maximum total that will be granted to any one organization is $20,000.
All organizations are encouraged to read the documents available on the Women’s Giving Circle’s grants program overview page before starting the application, which can be accessed at the same web address listed above. Applicants will receive email notification regarding the status of their application by June 1, 2018. Grant monies must be used by June 1, 2019.
The Women’s Giving Circle was formed in 2006, and brings women together who share similar philanthropic goals to benefit women’s needs. In 2017, grants totaling $173,000 were presented to 20 area nonprofits, and since 2006, grants presented total just over $1.1 million.
FREDERICK, MD – December 26, 2017: Employees of all Maryland Public School Systems are eligible to apply for one of three $2,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. The scholarships are from The Maryland Retired School Personnel Association Fund, a component fund of The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The scholarship application is open only to those currently employed with a State of Maryland Public School Board. Applicants must already be enrolled in an accredited program leading to their teaching certification or to meet the requirements to become a school counselor, speech and language pathologist, a physical or occupational therapist, a school social worker, a media specialist, or a school psychologist, hold a high school diploma or GED certificate, and plan to work in Maryland. This includes teachers who are currently uncertified, teacher assistants, teacher aides, substitute teachers and other public school system employees. All applicants are required to provide employment verification in the application.
Beginning January 1, 2018, applicants can access the online form at www.FrederickCountyGives.org/mrspa. The application closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2018. Details about the scholarship can found at the same web address, and applicants are encouraged to review this information before starting the scholarship application process.
The Maryland Retired School Personnel Association Fund was established by the board of Maryland Retired School Personnel Association with a gift from Irl and Ella Beall. The scholarships support those engaged in education in the Maryland Public School System, and encourages those currently employed by a school system to become certified teachers and specialists.
As a leader in grant and scholarship funding, The Community Foundation of Frederick County has given back more than $53 million to the community since 1986.
Alejandro Cañadas, Ph.D., of Emmitsburg, Maryland, holds the position of Associate Professor of Economics and Finance at Mount St. Mary’s University, and has been teaching there since 2008 after earning his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Dr. Cañadas’ other volunteer activities include serving on the finance committee, and teaching confirmation classes at St. Joseph Church in Emmitsburg, and volunteering at Mother Seton School.
Taitia L. Elliott, of Frederick, Maryland, is Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, for Frederick County Bank (FCB), overseeing business development and ancillary commercial banking services. Her banking career spans 31 years, with 11 years at FCB. Ms. Elliott’s other volunteer activities include the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, where she is a Leadership Frederick County graduate. She has also served on the board for the Izaak Walton League of America.
Nicole Chafitz Orr, of Thurmont, Maryland is Chairperson for Distinguished Young Women of Frederick County, a program that provides mentoring to outstanding young women who are in their junior year of high school, teaching life skills such as interviewing, social media etiquette, phone skills, and more. Ms. Orr’s other volunteer activities include Hospice of Frederick County as a direct patient service volunteer, fundraising for Lewistown Elementary School PTA, a member of Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, and Maryland Scholar Speaker Bureau volunteer for the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County, a public charity, was founded in 1986 by a group of community citizens as a conduit for donors to fulfill their charitable dreams by establishing permanent funds that provide grants and scholarships to nonprofits and deserving students. To date, the Community Foundation has more than 690 funds that support health care, the arts, human service agencies, animal welfare groups, environmental organizations, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, scholarship programs, and other civic causes. Since its inception, more than $53 million has been given back to the Frederick County community.
FREDERICK, MD – December 14, 2017: Twelve youth received athletic scholarships totaling $3,000 from The Dustin and Courtney Muse Memorial Fund, one of more than 690 component funds of The Community Foundation of Frederick County. Scholarships from the fund helped students in grades 6 through 12 participate in fall and winter basketball, ice hockey, football, volleyball, tennis, synchronized skating, soccer, and dance. Pictured, from left: Pam Flickinger, fund representative and husband Larry Flickinger; Raina Morley, William Turney, Shane Better, and Taitia Elliott, Community Foundation Trustee. Athletic scholars not pictured are Ryan Allen, Loretta Donoghue, Ethan Guettler, Ian Guettler, Rajena Guettler, Thalia Guettler, Chloe Lenker, Joshua Onspaugh, and Megan Wilson.
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