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FREDERICK, MD – March 16, 2021: To support students who are members of the National Honor Society, The Donald G. and Helen W. Schley Scholarship Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County and becomes one of its more than 740 component funds.
Founded by Helen Schley, the fund’s purpose is to provide post-secondary scholarships to graduates of Frederick County Public Schools who are members of the National Honor Society. Preference will be given to graduates of Middletown High School and Brunswick High School.
Mrs. Schley is a retired Frederick County physical education teacher and coach and has had a lifetime commitment to sports and recreation. She has officiated, was president of the Frederick Women’s Officials board, and helped to found the Frederick County Senior Recreation Council.
Thanks to Mrs. Schley’s generosity and commitment to education, Frederick County students can pursue their educational goals 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.
While March brings spring showers and flowers, it also means it’s scholarship time at the Community Foundation. Each year, thousands of students across Frederick County complete the online scholarship application with hopes of getting financial support for their education.
Since the Community Foundation was founded in 1986, hundreds of generous donors have created scholarship funds to support local students who want to continue their education. Thanks to these donors, our program offers scholarship in nearly every area of study imaginable.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, 392 students received scholarships to study in a range of disciplines including education, STEM, nursing, agriculture and health. About half of those students were graduating high school seniors, and the other half were students already enrolled in college.
Caylee Winpigler received scholarships from The Engelbrecht-DeGrange Scholarship Fund, The W. Meredith S. Young and Helen B. Young Scholarship Fund, and The Kevin R. and Sara J. Wade Scholarship Fund to help support her educational goals. A 2017 Walkersville High School graduate, she went on to graduate from Hood College’s Honors Program with a bachelor’s degree in history and global studies. Upon graduating from Hood, Caylee landed a job as an administrative assistant at Ausherman Family Foundation. She is now pursuing her master’s degree in international relations from American University.
A 2013 Governor Thomas Johnson High School graduate, Christian Ntienou began his post-secondary education at Frederick Community College with a focus on accounting and business. As he progressed, he became interested engineering and has since combined his inclination towards numbers and business by earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Maryland. He works at Lockheed Martin and is studying for his professional engineer certification. Christian’s educational goals were supported with a scholarship from The M. Rebecca Linton Scholarship Fund.
Our online scholarship application remains open through March 31. 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.
All students are encouraged to apply. To learn more and apply, visit www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com.
Caylee and Christian are just two of hundreds of scholarship success stories. The Community Foundation is proud to be a leading source for post-secondary scholarship funding in Frederick County since 1986.
FREDERICK, MD – October 1, 2019: The Community Foundation recently recognized its FY2020 Strategic Funding Partners. These donors financially support the Community Foundation’s strategic grantmaking areas of supporting families with children, responding to substance use disorder, preparing for an aging population, access to health care, services for the homeless and precariously housed, and school-readiness for children.
Strategic Funding Partner gifts to The Supporting Families with Children Strategic Initiatives Fund are: Steven and Pamala Barger, The Steve and PJ Barger Family Fund; Jeff Robertson, The Julie Ann Robertson Cashour Memorial Fund; Robert G. DeLauter, The Robert G. DeLauter Fund; The FoodPRO CORP Fund; Robert G. Hooper, The Robert G. Hooper Family Fund; Drs. Robert and Jane Ladner, The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund; Sally R. Lyons, The Lyons Family Fund; David and Kay Stauffer, The David and Kay Stauffer Family Fund; The Kiwanis Fund of Suburban Frederick Fund; Daniel and Jacqueline Ward, The Dan and Jackie Ward Family Fund; Elizabeth J. Brady; Marion D. Carmack, Jr.; Nancy N. Franck; Larry and Deborah Grove; Elizabeth K. Hale; Addie B. Null; Shirley R. Richardson; and Michael and Marlene Young.
Strategic Funding Partner gifts to The Preparing for an Aging Population Strategic Initiatives Fund were received from: Dr. Arthur Anderson and Julane Anderson; Steven and Pamala Barger, The Steve and PJ Barger Family Fund; The FoodPRO CORP Fund; Drs. Robert and Jane Ladner, The Robert C. and Jane E. Ladner Charitable Fund; Sally R. Lyons, The Lyons Family Fund; David and Kay Stauffer, The David and Kay Stauffer Family Fund; Daniel and Jacqueline Ward, The Dan and Jackie Ward Family Fund; Elizabeth J. Brady; Marion D. Carmack, Jr.; Dorothy L. Etzler; Nancy N. Franck; Elizabeth K. Hale; Donald and Rebecca Linton; Addie B. Null; and Shirley R. Richardson.
Strategic Funding Partner gifts to The Responding to Substance Use Disorder Strategic Initiatives Fund were received from: Steven and Pamala Barger, The Steve and PJ Barger Family Fund; James and Amy Clapp, The James H. and Amy N. Clapp Family Fund; The FoodPRO CORP Fund; Peggy Waxter, The Garrett R. Petronchak Memorial Fund; David and Kay Stauffer, The David and Kay Stauffer Family Fund; Daniel and Jacqueline Ward, The Dan and Jackie Ward Family Fund; Elizabeth J. Brady; Addie B. Null; and Shirley R. Richardson.
A gift to The Children and Youth Strategic Initiatives Fund was received from The PNC Fund and a gift to The Health Care Strategic Initiatives Fund was received from David G. and Karen L. Thomassen.
Gifts to The Strategic Initiatives Pass Through Fund were received from these Strategic Funding Partners: James and Caroline Atkins, The Caroline and Jimmy Atkins Fund; Joan Barrick, The Samuel W. and Joan J. Barrick Fund; Mark and Susan Butt, The Mark and Susan Butt Saturday Mornings Fund; The Frederick Mutual Insurance Company Donor-Advised Fund; Charles and Peggy Hoff, The Charles W. Hoff, III and Margaret O. Hoff Family Fund; Sally R. Lyons, The Lyons Family Fund; Robert K. Moler, The Robert and Ardeth Moler Family Fund; Philip and Erika Rauh, The Philip Rauh Family Endowment Fund; Virginia K. Brace and Jana M. Moberly; William H. Browning, Jr.; Bernard J. and Krista A. Davisson; Andrew P. and Anna P. Grossnickle; James and Wanda Hartley; Gabrielle Keller; Karlys Kline and Thomas Lynch; Jeanne R. Lee; Addie B. Null; Shirley R. Richardson; Tod and Barry Salisbury; Alfred and Patricia Shockley; Betty M. Waltz; De Walt Willard, Jr.; and Donald and Beverlie Wissner.
Part of the Community Foundation’s mission is to “connect people who care with causes that matter.” In 2013, two anonymous donors created The Saint Peter Claver Scholarship Fund to honor this saint while awarding scholarships to students who fit the essence of his life work. These donors, through the fund, are also caring for people as Saint Peter Claver did centuries ago.
Saint Peter Claver shares similarities with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose life and work in eradicating segregation and racism in our country is honored through today’s national holiday. He spent his life fighting for justice and equality for Black people. St. Peter Claver lived in a very different time and had to fight different battles, but he too was committed to improving the lives of Black people who were treated unjustly and inhumanely.
Both King and Claver were ordained ministers – King an American Baptist minister who pastored in the late 1950s at a church in Montgomery, Alabama; and Claver, a Spanish Jesuit priest and missionary, who was ordained in 1615. Claver traveled to the New World, settling in Cartagena (now in Colombia) where the slave trade was well established. He devoted himself to caring for enslaved people – providing medicine, food, comfort, and spiritual guidance.
Both men advocated for a population of people who were mistreated and misunderstood because of the color of their skin. Claver spent decades among enslaved people in an effort to provide support and to advocate for better living conditions. He would eventually become the patron saint of slaves and persons of African American heritage. King led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. He promoted non-violent solutions and led several high-profile, peaceful protests and made inspirational speeches that helped push a country forward.
Saint Peter Claver and Dr. King cared deeply for people and shared a passion for their causes, just as the donors who founded the fund are passionate about helping others. The Saint Peter Claver Scholarship Fund’s purpose is to help under-served and under-represented students attend a two- or four-year college, and by doing this, honor the Saint, just as we honor Martin Luther King Jr. annually for his work. The criterion for the scholarship includes an essay that describes the impact Saint Peter Claver has had on the applicant’s life. Since 2016, the fund has disbursed nearly $11,000 to eight students.
Last year, the Community Foundation distributed more than $1.8 million in scholarships to 334 students with the help of generous donors who care and who believe that education is a vital tool in a person’s success. Students interested in applying for scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year, including The Saint Peter Claver Scholarship or any of the Community Foundation’s other 270 plus scholarships should visit www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com. The application period is open for the month of March.
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.
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 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.
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