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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.
We encourage all students to apply. To fill out an application and learn more about our program, visit www.ScholarshipsFrederickCounty.com.
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.
Harold and Elizabeth Kehne were longtime educators in Frederick County. They positively influenced countless students and believed in the power of education to help shape young people’s lives. A fund in their memory at The Community Foundation of Frederick County honors their legacy by providing support to students pursuing a career path similar to theirs.
Mr. Kehne graduated from Frederick High School and served in the United States Army as a medic during World War II. He was a gifted mechanic who owned Kehne’s Citgo at 13th and East Streets in Frederick where he specialized in foreign car repair. He later sold his business and attended University of Maryland, College Park where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. He then taught at Middletown High School, West Frederick Middle School, and New Market Middle School before retiring in 1986. Mr. Kehne was always involved in his community and during retirement he continued with his love of farming and was an active member of Golden Tones, Frederick County Recreation Council’s Senior Chorus, Frederick County Retired Teachers Association, and American Legion Francis Scott Key Post 11.
Mrs. Kehne was a graduate of Frederick High School and State Teachers College at Towson (now Towson University). She later earned a master’s degree from University of Maryland, College Park. She was a tireless advocate for special needs students and taught for more than three decades at several Frederick County schools. She spent most of her career as a teacher at Rock Creek School, where she retired from in 1986. Like her husband, she was also active in the community and was involved in Frederick City Recreation Council and served as a volunteer tutor with Literacy Council of Frederick County.
In 2015, to honor the memory of his parents, David Kehne and his husband Robert Funk established The Harold D. and Elizabeth S. Kehne Scholarship Fund with the Community Foundation. The fund’s purpose is to provide scholarships to graduates of Frederick High School or Governor Thomas Johnson High School pursuing a career in education. Preference is given but not limited to students attending Towson University, University of Maryland, College Park, or one of these educational institutions’ extension campuses. Since the fund was created, it has helped students pursue careers in education just as the Kehnes did.
The Kehnes had strong work ethics, believed in service to others, and knew the value of education in helping develop young people into self-sufficient citizens. The fund in their memory at the Community Foundation honors their work as educators and the work of their colleagues in Frederick County. It will help support students pursuing careers in education for generations to come.
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.
Betty Markey Hooper was a lifelong Frederick County resident who cared deeply about education and her local community. Her legacy is reflected in a scholarship fund in her name at The Community Foundation of Frederick County that helps Walkersville students pursue their post-secondary educational goals.
Mrs. Hooper was a Frederick High School and Hood College graduate, and later earned an accreditation as a dietitian from the University of Maryland. After working as a hospital dietitian for several years, she moved to Walkersville in 1941, a community that she loved and lived in for the rest of her life. It is where she founded the Walkersville Play Center, a preschool for local students that she operated for 19 years.
Beyond her commitment to education, Mrs. Hooper was also involved in many volunteer activities in the community. She served on the boards of Frederick Memorial (now Frederick Health) Hospital Auxiliary, the Children’s Aid Society, and the Record Street Home. She was also a member of the Historical Society of Frederick County (now Heritage Frederick), the Garden Club of Frederick, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and the Hood College Alumni Association.
Recognizing that their mother knew the importance of education and in keeping with charitable intentions outlined in her estate planning, Robert Hooper and Elizabeth Stauffer, Mrs. Hooper’s children, turned to the Community Foundation in 2004 to create The Betty Markey Hooper Scholarship Fund. The fund’s purpose is to provide scholarships to Walkersville High School graduating seniors who exhibit financial need and show a commitment to community service.
To date, the scholarship fund has created broad impact in the Walkersville community with nearly $47,000 in total scholarships distributed. Students receiving scholarships have studied at institutions such as Hood College, University of Maryland, Bridgewater College, and Old Dominion University.
The scholarship fund in Mrs. Hooper’s name is supporting students from the community she lived in her entire adult life and that held a special place in her heart. Thanks to her commitment to education, desire to help students, and the Hooper family’s generosity and vision for the future, deserving Walkersville students will have support in pursuing their educational aspirations for generations to come.
Nicholas Jarvis was everyone’s friend and always saw the good in people. He was a boy who had many interests, and he was a kind, caring child who was always willing to help others. A fund in his memory at The Community Foundation of Frederick County honors his legacy by helping students pursue dreams similar to his.
Nick attended Carroll Manor Elementary School and played baseball, football, and basketball. He was a member of the Carroll Manor Mud Cats baseball team. He loved the outdoors, animals, insects, hunting and fishing. In school, Nick was fascinated by social studies and also took an interest in science. He had goals to become a marine biologist or to pursue a career in forestry or wildlife. Above all, Nick never judged anyone and always made people smile. He received several awards in school recognizing his exemplary character.
In 2003, Nick suddenly passed away at the age of 9. Later that year, his parents, Darren and Mary Jarvis, turned to the Community Foundation to establish The Nicholas B. Jarvis Memorial Scholarship Fund in Nick’s memory. The fund’s purpose is to provide scholarships to graduating seniors from Frederick, Urbana, and/or Tuscarora High Schools. Preference is given but not limited to students intending to pursue a career in forestry, agriculture, land management, veterinary medicine, marine biology, early childhood education, sports medicine, history and/or science. Scholarships are awarded based on applicants’ academic performance and character.
The fund in Nick’s memory has provided broad impact in the community since it was created in 2003. To date, more than $27,000 in scholarships have been distributed from the fund to help students pursue their post-secondary educational goals. Students who have received scholarships have studied at a wide range of schools such as Hood College, Frederick Community College, Gettysburg College, and College of Charleston.
The Community Foundation is honored to hold The Nicholas B. Jarvis Memorial Scholarship Fund and to help honor his legacy for generations to come.
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