Founded by parents Hammet and Jaralyn Hough to meet the special or unique needs of children, with preference to those in foster care.
Growing up on her family’s farm in Boyds, Maryland, Elizabeth “Libby” Hough Van Winkle quickly learned that as the only girl among her three brothers, she had to stand up for the things she believed in. Throughout her life she became devoted to supporting the things that were most important to her. This devotion led to a strong commitment of helping children, especially those who had no one else they could depend on. Although she was busy taking care of her two children and running her own business, Libby decided to become a foster parent. Hammet and Jeri Hough, Libby’s parents, say that being a foster parent was one of the most gratifying experiences for Libby. She found it very rewarding to see the impact of a loving, caring home upon these young lives. When Libby died in January 2007, Mr. and Mrs. Hough wanted to honor their daughter’s dedication to foster children by creating The Libby Hough Van Winkle Foster Children’s Fund. The fund provides grants to supports special and unique needs of children in foster care not met through traditional outlets.
Founded by the Vaughn Family for Frederick County students studying chemistry, science education, or biochemistry at the post-secondary level.
In honor of a woman devoted to teaching the sciences and who positively influenced hundreds of students in Frederick County, the Vaughn Family established The V. Jeanne Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mrs. Vaughn’s career spanned more than 30 years with Frederick County Public Schools. “Jeanne was always passionate about helping students succeed,” said the Vaughn Family. ‘she was a shining example of how we must invest time and energy in our young people, and this scholarship is a way her legacy can continue to advance students in the education of science. She would be proud to know the students who apply and receive scholarships from this fund.”
Martha Murphy Virts, who was born in Ijamsville in 1896, graduated in 1918 from the Frederick City Hospital School of Nursing and was a member of the Frederick Memorial Hospital Nurses Alumni Association for over 50 years. After she married, she also worked on the family farm, tending chickens; growing strawberries, tomatoes, and potatoes; and milking cows to make and sell dairy products. She died in 1988 at the age of 91. Her son Edgar C. Virts, Jr. was inspired to create The Martha Murphy Virts Scholarship Fund in her memory to support scholarships for nursing students, with a preference given to those attending Frederick Community College with plans of working with the elderly, particularly in a Frederick County nursing home. Mr. Virts hopes this scholarship fund honors his mother’s legacy by contributing to an increase in the number of nurses and certified nurse aides who become skilled caregivers for the elderly, those living in long-term care facilities, and persons with disabilities and/or dementia.