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.

Lainey Davy

Elaine “Lainey” Davy graduated from Frederick High School in 2007 and earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications with a certificate in marketing and a minor in vocal performance. Lainey began her college career majoring in music education but after completing her freshman year, decided that her career options would be broader with a mass communications degree. She currently works for a nonprofit consulting firm where she’s a marketing guru for a variety of nonprofits, and says she loves the data and psychology aspects of her job to determine how to create messaging. Lainey knew she wanted to keep music performance a big part of her life, and a scholarship from The John and Ginny Green Music Scholarship Fund supported that goal. Since 2014, Lainey has been belonged to Harbor City Music Company’s Sweet Adelines, and Neon Lights Quartet. Both groups have competed and won national and international awards.

Christian Lane

Christian Lane graduated from Walkersville High School in 1999. After earning his Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Eastman School of Music in 2004, he then earned his Master of Music in organ performance from Yale Institute of Sacred Music and School of Music. This award-winning musician founded the Boston Organ Studio, in Boston, Massachusetts, which has become the nation’s largest private organ studio. His love of organ instruction has also led him to teach at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Canada, and he somehow finds time to also serve as the director of music and organist at All Saints Episcopal Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts. Christian received scholarships for four years from The Mary E. M. and Ruth E. Smith Scholarship Fund and says these helped to fill the gap between his family’s contributions and financial aid and allowed him to focus on his development as a musician and artist. His teaching career allows him to work with a wide array of students and help guide their development, which he finds extremely rewarding. Christian also continues to perform across the country as well.

Brittany Lewis

After graduating from Frederick High School in 2005, Brittany earned a Certificate of the Arts from American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, an associate degree from Frederick Community College in 2015, a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work with a minor in psychology from Salisbury University in 2018, and in 2019, her Master’s degree in social work from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Currently, she is a member of the Advance Team for United States presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ campaign. Scholarships from The Alma Crebs Sharrer Scholarship Fund, The George and Karen Fetterly Scholarship Fund, and The Saint Peter Claver Scholarship Fund allowed Brittany to focus solely on her undergraduate and graduate education and pursue internships that helped her gain valuable experience. In the future, Brittany would like to become a legislative social worker, involved with Congress to affect policy for women, people of color, and oppressed populations. Eventually, she would like to hold an elected office in Maryland or a federal office representing Maryland.

Ashley Putman

Ashley Putman knew exactly what she wanted to do upon her graduation from Middletown High School in 2015: attend York College of Pennsylvania and study nursing. She received numerous scholarships in support of that goal and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2019. Ashley says the scholarships from The Bonnie Kitchen Hinkle Memorial Scholarship Fund, The Frank M. and Helen Elizabeth Erwin Scholarship Fund, The Hulda E. Holter Scholarship Fund, and The Jefferson Ruritan Club Scholarship Fund provided financial stability and allowed time for her to gain valuable leadership opportunities through on-campus employment, sorority involvement, and York College’s Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania chapter, for which she served as president. Ashley passed her board exam and currently works at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia as a registered nurse. She plans to become a nurse practitioner and eventually teach nursing.

Gayon Sampson

Gayon Sampson is happy to be home and working in Frederick County. After graduating from Tuscarora High School in 2011, he earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from Towson University and is completing his Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Maryland College Park, School of Public Policy in December 2019. Gayon is the executive assistant to the Mayor, City of Frederick, advising the Mayor on community and government affairs, including strategic initiatives. He received The Rev. Dr. Rodney B. Pulliam and Rodney II, Jordan, and Matthew Pulliam Memorial Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year, and says that in addition to it helping with the cost of tuition, it’s special to him because his position with the City of Frederick is similar to Rev. Dr. Pulliam’s position with the City when he was living. Gayon loves serving the community where he grew up and believes that he’ll always be serving the public in some capacity.

Emily Zimmerman

Emily Zimmerman graduated from Walkersville High School and then earned her Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education from Hood College in 2019. She received multiple scholarships over multiple years, including The Esther E. Grinage Scholarship, The Charles F. and Mary Frances Trunk Charitable Fund Scholarship, The W. Meredith S. Young and Helen B. Young Scholarship, The Brandon T. Chesnik Memorial Scholarship, The Kevin R. and Sara J. Wade Scholarship, The Disabled Citizens of Frederick County United Scholarship, and The Mary E.M. and Ruth E. Smith Scholarship. The scholarships helped with all aspects of college costs, for which she is grateful. Emily is excited to be working with Frederick County Public Schools as a kindergarten teacher at Yellow Springs Elementary School. After gaining a year of teaching experience, she plans to return to Hood College to pursue a Master’s degree in curriculum or reading specialization. Not only is Emily a scholarship recipient, but also the holds the distinction of being the Community Foundation’s first Wertheimer Fellow Youth-in-Action honoree in 2012 for her volunteer work with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and more.

Because of the financial boost provided by scholarships from the Community Foundation, my career possibilities are limitless.

Jared Harshman

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