Since 1986, the Community Foundation has been the leading source for post-secondary scholarship funding in Frederick County. Our program supports nearly every area of study imaginable, with scholarships funded by generous donors who believe in the value of education. Some donors want to support students aspiring to careers similar to theirs; other donors want to give back to the community that has generously given to them. Others wish to honor the legacies of their loved ones, both living and deceased.

"This scholarship is a jumpstart to my future. Allowing me to be the first in my family to go into college so they follow in my footsteps. It will help bring my family up and succeed with me."

Ana Hernandez Cruz, recipient of The Frederick Medical Foundation Scholarship, 2021-2022

Career Education Scholarships

Scholarships available outside of the general scholarship program are posted here and opened on Sept. 2, 2022.

Frederick County residents studying to enter trade and technical fields may apply to receive scholarships that help pay for training at an accredited trade or technical school, certification exams, tools, and other necessary supplies for study and work in the trade. Students may apply at any time and will be notified of the status within 45 days of the application. Scholarships will be paid directly to a school or vendor, and may not be used for reimbursement of tuition payments or purchases of exams, tools, or supplies. Each scholarship will remain open until funds are depleted.

The Basford Family Fund

Scholarships are available to Frederick County residents, with preference given to those pursuing careers in technical or trades areas and students attending Frederick Community College. Scholarships are based upon financial need, with no consideration given to participation in athletics or academic achievement.

The Roy and Gloria Clabaugh Scholarship Fund

Scholarships are available to graduates of Catoctin High School attending trade or technical school in Maryland. Scholarships may include traditional financial aid as well as purchases to work attire and tools, certification exam fees, and underwriting apprenticeships.

The Donald and Lydia Falconer Scholarship Fund

Scholarships are available to students who are pursuing an education at a trade or technical school.  Scholarships shall be based upon financial need, aptitude for their chosen field, and good character.  Scholarships shall be renewable for the students' tenure at the trade and technical school pending that the students attain a minimum grade point average, established by the foundation.

The George Wesley Gilbert Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarships to help cover tuition, fees, and supplies are available to students enrolled in trade or technical study in any area.

The John Franklin Harrison Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarships are available to students enrolled in trade or technical study, with preference to those with learning disabilities or Linganore High School graduates.

The U. Merhl and Margaret T. Hooper Scholarship Fund

Scholarships are available to students enrolled in trade or technical studies for secretarial skills, apprenticeship training programs, building and craft trades, beauty and barber schools, mechanics, auto repair, and other areas that are not traditional four-year degree programs.

The Thomas J. and Kathleen A. Madden Scholarship Fund

Scholarships are available to students entering the plumbing field. Preference will be given to dependents of current employees of All Around Plumbing, Inc. Frederick County residency is not required for this application.



2023-2024 Scholarship Application Information

The online scholarship application for academic year 2023-2024 will open in March, 2023.  Please check back in early 2023 for further details.

2022-2023 Scholarship Recipients

2022-2023 scholarship award recipients have been notified. The full listing of recipients can be seen using the sidebar tabs on this page. Congratulations to all scholars!

2021 Scholarship Donor Recognition Video

The 2021-2022 Scholarship Season was made possible by our generous donors. Thank you for your commitment and belief in the importance of education.  These special scholarships are providing opportunities, opening doors, and making dreams come true.  You are changing lives and making a difference today, tomorrow, and for many years to come.

Please enjoy this video of gratitude highlighting several of the 2021-2022 scholars and message from President and CEO, Betsy Day.



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