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Nicholas Paskowsky was an honors student, a standout football and track and field athlete, and had a deep appreciation for international travel and studying abroad to further his education. These interests are reflected in a fund in his memory with The Community Foundation of Frederick County. His legacy will help countless students enhance their education through study abroad programs.
Mr. Paskowsky was a Frederick High School graduate where he lettered in football and track. He then attended Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, where he was a Dean’s List student, majored in history, and had plans to attend law school.
In August 2004, four months shy of his 21st birthday, Mr. Paskowsky passed away. He was scheduled to spend a semester abroad in Costa Rica to learn more about Central America and to improve his Spanish language skills. In 2005, Nicholas’s parents, Jane Talarico and Michael Paskowsky, established The Nicholas Talarico Paskowsky Memorial Fund with the Community Foundation to honor their son’s memory. The fund’s purpose is to provide tuition assistance and grants that enable St. Mary’s College of Maryland students to study abroad, with special consideration given to students traveling to Spanish-speaking countries.
Numerous students have benefited from the fund since it was created. It has distributed almost $45,000 to help students pursue their educational goals abroad. Students who received grants from the fund have studied in countries such as Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Thailand, and China. Students typically live with native-speaking host families, attend classes, experience cultural activities, and complete an academic project. In addition to intensive language study, students have engaged in a variety of intellectual pursuits, such as a student majoring in biology who worked on a sea turtle rescue project in Mexico.
Nicholas’s parents have closely followed how students have benefitted from the fund, including trips of their own to Spain, Argentina, and Costa Rica to see firsthand the invaluable educational experience that students receive.
Nicholas Paskowsky was preparing for an enriching and transformative experience, and now, thanks to his legacy and the generosity of his parents, students can benefit from learning new perspectives and fostering an appreciation for many world views through study abroad opportunities.
Henry Droneburg, III was a young man who lived life with a quiet kindness that he extended to everyone he met. He was an exceptional artist who was a role model to many and inspired others. His legacy is honored with a fund in his name at The Community Foundation of Frederick County that helps students pursue their educational goals.
As an honor roll student and 2006 graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Henry pursued his passion of art. He attended Frederick Community College to further his education. His beautiful artwork filled his parents’ home, and he had a love of skateboarding and shared his enthusiasm for the sport with his younger brother, Joseph, to whom Henry was a role model. He pursued other hobbies such as snowboarding and karate, where he held a brown belt. During summers, Henry worked for Masters Plumbing with his father and grandfather.
Henry had an ability to make everyone around him smile, and he was loved by many. He was on the verge of accomplishing great things when his life was tragically cut short in a car accident in March 2007, leaving a void in the Frederick County community.
To honor Henry’s memory, his family turned to the Community Foundation in June 2007 to establish The Henry E. Droneburg, III Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund’s purpose is to support students studying at the secondary or post-secondary level, with preference given to scholarships for graduates of Governor Thomas Johnson High School majoring in art, supplies for Governor Thomas Johnson High School art classes, and scholarships or stipends to purchase tools or equipment to benefit plumbing students at Frederick County Public Schools Career and Technology Center.
To date, the fund has provided broad impact through grants to support art department supplies at Governor Thomas Johnson High School and scholarships for students pursuing their education at institutions such as Shepherd University, Frederick Community College, Ohio University, and Ringling College of Art and Design.
Henry’s legacy has helped many students achieve their educational goals and follow similar passions and interests as his. His life of kindness, creativity, and endless potential is reflected in the fund in his name at the Community Foundation.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County’s online scholarship application is open through March 31. Scholarships are available to students pursuing post-secondary education or vocational training during the 2021-2022 academic year. Students about to complete their senior year of high school, students already enrolled in a trade school, college or university, and nontraditional students over the age of 21 are eligible to apply. Scholarship criteria are established by the scholarship funds’ founding donors, and some scholarships do not consider financial need.
We encourage all students to apply. To fill out an application and learn more about our program, visit www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com.
Dawn Renee Smith was a student who excelled at marketing. She was active in community service projects, and her kindness and goodwill toward others was experienced by everyone she met. A scholarship fund in her memory at The Community Foundation of Frederick County helps students who exhibit qualities and interests similar to hers pursue their post-secondary educational goals and career aspirations.
As a graduate of the Frederick County Career and Technology Center’s marketing program, Dawn had success in the classroom and applied her skills, leadership, and character to pursuits outside of the classroom. She served as president of the Frederick County chapter of DECA, a national organization for marketing students that promotes leadership development and civic responsibility. Dawn received statewide recognition for her role in increasing the organization’s local membership, and she was involved in numerous other community service projects.
Dawn’s life was tragically cut short when she passed away after injuries sustained in a car accident shortly after her high school graduation. In 2004, her grandparents, Charles and Jane Smith, turned to the Community Foundation to establish The Dawn Renee Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund in Dawn’s memory provides scholarships to Frederick County Public Schools graduates, with preference given to Brunswick High School graduates who are majoring in marketing or a related field at the post-secondary level.
Since the fund’s inception, scholarships have provided broad impact and have supported students studying at institutions such as Frederick Community College, University of Maryland, Stevenson University, and American University.
Dawn’s legacy lives permanently with the Community Foundation with the scholarship fund in her memory. Thanks to her grandparents’ generosity and vision for the future, students pursuing education in marketing will receive vital support for generations to come.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County’s scholarship application deadline has been extended to Monday, April 6, 2020. This is to allow students additional time to complete the application following the closure of schools in Maryland to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
With just one week remaining until the application closes, we encourage all students who are eligible to apply. For the fifth consecutive year, just over $1 million in scholarships is available to students pursuing postsecondary education or vocational training during the 2020-2021 academic year. Our scholarship program supports nearly every area of study imaginable, with scholarships funded by generous donors who believe in the value of education.
One of our scholarships that has provided broad impact for students is The Joseph Donald Brewer Scholarship Fund. Founded by parents Abigail Richon and William Brewer, the fund honors the memory of their son Joseph, who passed away in 2002. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to Frederick County graduating seniors who have dyslexia and are pursuing postsecondary education.
Joseph was a motivated student and worked hard to graduate early from Urbana High School in 2001. He did not allow his dyslexia to slow his dreams, and following his graduation, he started attending Lincoln Technical Institute, where he excelled in automotive technology and electronics. Joseph’s classmates remember him as having a kind heart and caring personality.
The scholarship that honors Joseph’s memory has helped many Frederick County students who have dyslexia achieve their educational goals. To date, 15 students have received more than $15,000 in scholarships to study at institutions such as McDaniel College, Marshall University, Lafayette College, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Anna Thornton, who is a previous Joseph Donald Brewer Scholarship recipient, appreciated the support she received from the scholarship.
“Being a student with dyslexia, it has been harder for me to be successful in school,” she said. “I would like to thank you for sponsoring a scholarship that does not only focus on a student’s grade point average but also their individual qualities.”
The Joseph Donald Brewer Scholarship has and will continue to help countless students and is one of our many scholarship success stories. Students interested in applying for our scholarships should visit www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com. The deadline to submit the application is 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020.
Betty Seligmann was dedicated to community service, including countless volunteer hours served with the Literacy Council of Frederick County. Through her many years with the Literacy Council and a number of other organizations, she positively influenced many people in the community. Her legacy lives permanently with a fund in her name at The Community Foundation of Frederick County that honors her commitment to helping others through access to literacy resources.
Mrs. Seligmann served in a variety of roles with the Literacy Council. She worked as a tutor, trainer, and basic program coordinator, and served as board president. She was deeply knowledgeable about the local community and used that knowledge to find places that could benefit from increased access to Literacy Council resources. She attracted tutors through her tireless efforts and students through outreach to churches, community organizations, and businesses. In addition to her work with the Literacy Council, Mrs. Seligmann actively participated with several organizations such as Frederick County Humane Society and Montevue Home Auxiliary.
In 2002, the Literacy Council’s Board of Directors established The Betty Seligmann Literacy Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation to honor Mrs. Seligmann’s legacy. The fund’s purpose is to support the activities of the Literacy Council.
Ten years later, in 2012, Caroline Gaver, a longtime volunteer with the Literacy Council, became a Community Foundation Wertheimer Fellow for Excellence in Volunteerism. The award recognizes outstanding volunteers in the community. Like Mrs. Seligmann, Mrs. Gaver has served in a variety of volunteer positions with the Literacy Council, including terms as board president and vice president. She has been an integral part of helping English and non-English speaking adults learn to read, write, and speak the English language. With her award, Mrs. Gaver decided to support the Literacy Council by adding to The Betty Seligmann Literacy Endowment Fund.
To date, grants from The Betty Seligmann Literacy Endowment Fund have helped support many Literacy Council programs, including its outreach efforts to recruit and train more volunteers and expand access to serve more adults with families. Grants have also supported individualized learning plans for students and tutors to help with English language learning, reading, and other life skills.
Mrs. Seligmann dedicated countless hours to promoting literacy in Frederick County. Her legacy is honored with the fund in her name at the Community Foundation, and many more generations of Frederick County citizens will benefit from Literacy Council programs.
Lisa A. Orndorff Lajewski was a lifelong Frederick County resident and was born and raised in Brunswick. Through the scholarship fund with The Community Foundation of Frederick County that bears her name, she continues to positively impact the lives of others.
Mrs. Lajewski was a graduate of Brunswick High School. She worked for the FBI for 18 years as a program analyst in the Records Management Division, and she was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church. In 2002, Mrs. Lajewski passed away after battling brain cancer.
To honor his wife, Daniel Lajewski established The Lisa A. Orndorff Lajewski Memorial Scholarship Fund with the Community Foundation in 2002. The purpose of the donor-advised scholarship fund is to provide scholarships to deserving post-secondary students with preference given but not limited to Brunswick High School graduates or members of All Saints Episcopal Church.
The fund has distributed $92,000 in scholarships to help students pursue their educational goals. One of those students is Bradley Stone, who graduated from Brunswick High School in 2016 and then earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Towson University in 2020. The Lisa A. Orndorff Lajewski Memorial Scholarship Fund helped with the costs of books, lab fees, and tuition. Bradley is currently training for his EMT-B certification and is volunteering with the United Steam Fire Engine Company, earning patient care experience hours toward his goal of returning to Towson to become a physician’s assistant. Bradley is just one example of the many students the scholarship fund has helped over the years.
Mr. Lajewski has continued to honor his wife’s legacy and has been an active participant in the Community Foundation’s scholarship selection process, volunteering countless hours to review applications. He has described the experience as inspiring and in reviewing student applications each year, Mr. Lajewski reflects and tries to remember how his wife would select an applicant.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County’s online scholarship application opens today and remains open through March 31. Scholarships are available to students pursuing post-secondary education or vocational training during the 2021-2022 academic year. Students about to complete their senior year of high school, students already enrolled in a trade school, college or university, and nontraditional students over the age of 21 are eligible to apply. Scholarship criteria are established by the scholarship funds’ founding donors, and some scholarships do not consider financial need.
FREDERICK, MD – July 30, 2019: The Community Foundation of Frederick County announces The St. Nicholas Children’s Scholarship Fund. The fund becomes one of more than 700 funds under management.
Established by Dr. John George, the fund will provide post-secondary scholarships for graduates of Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS), with preference to minority students and secondary preference to students with financial need. Dr. George, a career educator, was a teacher, administrator, and curriculum specialist with FCPS from 1968 to 2002. He was also an adjunct professor at Hood College for 17 years, and then full-time professor, including six years as department chair of education at Hood College from 2002 to 2016. Dr. George’s commitment to education and devotion to students will continue as part of his legacy through this fund.
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