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Each year, the Community Foundation presents hundreds of post-secondary scholarships to deserving students who are working towards degrees or certifications and training that will provide the skills necessary to be productive, successful adults. Inside the office, the staff refers to this time of year as “scholarship season” as they manage the complex application process, work with donors, and nearly 100 volunteers who serve on the scholarship committee to review and make the award decisions.
We’ve just completed the scholarship season for the 2019-2020 academic year, and we’re pleased to announce that 314 students have received one or more scholarships to help them with tuition and related school expenses.
The Community Foundation is one of the largest providers of scholarships in the area. Over our 32-year history, millions of dollars have supported Frederick County students. It’s fun to watch these students progress through their college years. We’ve seen students become doctors, nurses, and enter many areas of health care. We’ve helped create engineers, veterinarians, scientists, elementary, middle, and high school teachers, social workers, agri-business and farming specialists, accountants, psychologists, professional musicians and artists, and more.
Our scholarship application software tracks areas of study, and we love seeing this information each year. For example, this year, 77 students are enrolled to study in various health related fields, followed by 64 students studying in STEM fields. Fifty will study education, 40 will be liberal arts majors, and 36 are pursuing business studies. Throughout recent years, we’ve seen a significant rise in the number of students going into STEM and health care fields. Other areas of study include agriculture and communications.
There’s another component each year of the scholarship season, and this is new scholarship funds that provide awards for the first time. When a donor creates a scholarship fund, whether it’s in memory or honor of a loved one or to support a specific profession, the first award is always special, and the meeting between the scholarship recipient and the donor is often very emotional for both. It’s an honor for us to be part of this.
This year’s first-time funds include: The Barry and Kathleen Lucey Scholarship Fund, for students studying agriculture; The Carolyn McGolerick Memorial Scholarship Fund, for students studying library science; The Beatrice R. Snyder Scholarship Fund, for those pursuing careers in education or music; and The Honorable Mary Ann Stepler Memorial Fund, supporting undergraduate study in law, music, or the arts.
All 314 students have much to be proud of and bright futures ahead. We wish them all the best. To the donors who make scholarship funds possible, thank you. It is your belief in the value of education that has expanded opportunities for thousands of students in Frederick County.
Are you a former Community Foundation scholarship recipient who has graduated and now working in your field? If so, we’d love to hear your success story. We might even include you in a newsletter or annual report. Email [email protected] and tell us how you are doing.
FREDERICK, MD – April 13, 2018: From May 1 through May 31, 2018, The Community Foundation of Frederick County is accepting online applications for music instruction scholarships at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com. All application requirements and details can be found at this address. No paper applications are accepted.
Students ages 5 through 18 who are currently pursuing instrumental or vocal music instruction may apply for a music scholarship supporting private or group instruction. Students must be enrolled in music instruction at the time of application, and must be a Frederick County, Maryland resident.
The scholarships are being provided through funds created by generous donors who support music study. Scholarships will be provided from The Dustin and Courtney Muse Memorial Fund, The Sperry L. Storm Memorial Scholarship Fund, and The Guss Family Scholarship Fund for the Arts.
Frederick, MD – February 13, 2019: The Community Foundation of Frederick County is pleased to announce its scholarship application is available for the 2019-2020 academic year beginning Friday, March 1, 2019. For the fourth consecutive year, just over $1 million is available to students pursuing post-secondary education or vocational training. By completing one general application, students may qualify for more than 250 scholarships. The completed application with required attachments must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
Details about the scholarship program and the application are accessible through the Community Foundation website at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com.
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.
FREDERICK, MD – April 30, 2019: From May 1 through May 31, 2019, The Community Foundation of Frederick County is accepting online applications for music instruction scholarships at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com. All application requirements and details can be found at this address. No paper applications are accepted.
FREDERICK, MD – April 30, 2018: Beginning May 1, 2018 through May 31, 2018, The Community Foundation of Frederick County is accepting online applications for dance instruction scholarships at www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com. All application requirements and details can be found at this address. No paper applications are accepted.
Students ages 12 through 17 and are Frederick County, Maryland residents, who are currently pursuing dance instruction with a dance school or company located in Frederick County may apply. Scholarships can be used for instruction beginning in the fall of 2018.
The scholarship will be provided from The Thomas F. Waters Memorial Fund, one of more than 690 component funds managed by the Community Foundation. The fund was established in memory of Tom Waters, a well-known Frederick County dance instructor who passed away in 2010, by his wife Karen Waters, and longtime friend, Joy Ellis. Throughout his 50-year career, Tom mentored, inspired and trained countless dancers, some of whom achieved professional careers on Broadway and cruise ships. He believed that everyone could dance, regardless of talent or ability, and his legacy lives on through this scholarship.
FREDERICK, MD – September 26, 2018: Described as “always prepared wherever she went,” Mary C. Willard is helping prepare students for careers and life success through The M. Kate, Robert Lee and Robert Leroy Scholarship Fund. The fund, established through Mrs. Willard’s estate, becomes one of more than 700 funds managed by The Community Foundation of Frederick County.
The fund will provide three scholarships annually to students who are residents of Frederick County. The first scholarship will assist with the study of music, in memory of Robert Lee Willard, Mrs. Willard’s husband. The second scholarship will support those studying economics, banking or finance, in honor of Mrs. Willard’s banking career, and the third scholarship will help students pursuing microbiology studies, in memory of Mrs. Willard’s son, Robert Leroy.
A charitable fund established through a bequest is one of the many ways to create a legacy and be remembered forever through grants and scholarships after one’s lifetime.
FREDERICK, MD – June 10, 2019: The Community Foundation of Frederick County recently presented ten music scholarships totaling $4,950.00 from two funds to talented young musicians, in support of vocal or instrumental music instruction and training.
The Frederick Arts Council Thelma Gross Music Scholarship, founded by daughter Anne-Lynn Gross in collaboration with the Frederick Arts Council, provides scholarships to students who have demonstrated talent and commitment to pursuing vocal or instrumental performance. The scholarship recipients are: Maddox Hartner, Audrey Mongan, Abigail Mongan, Zachary Mongan, Morgan Reif-Jones, Caia Lucas, Addison Fell, and Ella Fell.
The Frederick Arts Council Fund, founded by its board of directors in support of its programs, provided music scholarships to Brent Sare and Gerald Sare.
Photo caption: Pictured, front row, from left: Ella Fell, Caia Lucas, and Addison Fell. Back row, from left: Gabriella Smith, project consultant, and Louise Kennelly, executive director, Frederick Arts Council; Jim Summers, CPA, Community Foundation Trustee.
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