Past Success Stories

Education is priceless, and our donors have supported the educational goals and dreams of thousands of students in Frederick County. Read these inspiring stories of success from previous years.

Alvin Bastian: Success in the World of Finance

Alvin says he is extremely grateful for the scholarships he received from the Community Foundation while attending Philadelphia University which helped him get a solid start with his post-secondary education. Originally an architecture major, Alvin decided upon a different career path midway through his studies and graduated in 2011 with two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is a Senior Operations Analyst with Harvest Fund Advisor where he interacts with clients, oversees and reconciles the execution of daily financial trades, and works with the chief financial officer to produce monthly and quarterly performance fund reports. Alvin is a graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High School and received The Christopher W. Ausherman Scholarship and The King Asbury Architectural Scholarship.


Jayme Zimmerman: Making a Difference in Frederick County's Agriculture

Jayme is a program technician with Frederick County Farm Service Agency (FSA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She administers programs included in the Farm Bill, which involves disaster programs, farm storage facility loans, commodity loans, and marginal protection for the dairy. Jayme says she loves working with the amazing farmers in Frederick County and assisting them with Farm Bill programs. A graduate of Walkersville High School, Jayme earned a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, and graduated with honors. She received numerous scholarships, including The Don and Rosa Rippeon Scholarship, The Glenn E. and Helen E. Biehl Scholarship, The Ralph and Annabelle Lenhart Scholarship, The Frederick County Agriculture Scholarship, The Audrey Pressler Bauman Scholarship, and The Edward Grove, Sr. Scholarship.


Lisa Stauffer: Dedicated to Teaching

Lisa is a special education teacher with Cumberland Valley School District in Pennsylvania, where she co-teaches English with self-contained resource classes to seventh-grade students. A Walkersville High School graduate, Lisa graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education, and taught her first year in Montgomery County. Lisa received The Mary E. M. and Ruth E. Smith Scholarship, The Kevin R. and Sara J. Wade Scholarship, The Frederick Community College Graduate Scholarship to Mount St. Mary’s University, and The Frederick County Retired School Personnel Association/Dr. Richard and Patricia Petre Scholarship.


Clayborne Zimmerman: A 21st Century Herdsman

Clayborne graduated from Virginia Tech in 2014 with highest honors, majoring in dairy science and minoring in crop and soil science. Currently, he is employed as an assistant herdsman by Auburn Farms in Walkersville, Maryland, a dairy farm with 260 cows, where he is involved with milking, breeding, and treating sick cows. Clayborne is a Walkersville High School alumni, and received The Clayton Lenhart Memorial Scholarship, The Frederick County Pomona Grange #11/Burall Brothers Memorial Scholarship, The Jacob W. Hubble Memorial Scholarship, The Maryland Master Farmers Scholarship, and The Ralph and Annabelle Lenhart Scholarship.


Amanda Stokes: Helping Those With Special Needs

Amanda is a graduate of The University of Tennessee, having earned her undergraduate degree in special education for the deaf/hard of hearing with a focus in special education and elementary education, and her Master of Science degree in Teacher Education for Deaf Education. Currently, she teaches third grade at Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, Georgia. A graduate of Frederick High School, Amanda received The Sgt. David J. Smith Scholarship several times throughout her college years, and also The Jeanne L. Kemp Fund for Students with Dyslexia scholarship.


Ryan Harshman: A Local CPA

After graduating from University of Maryland, College Park, Ryan passed the CPA exam and works at RLH CPAs and Business Advisors, LLC, in Frederick, Maryland. He received The Charlie Wood Golf Scholarship and is a graduate of Middletown High School. Ryan also serves on the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.

I will always be proud and extremely grateful for my local Frederick roots, and I'm honored to take what I've learned from the community to an international level. 

Kelly Mitchell

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