Grants and Scholarships


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.

NOTICE: Due to inclement weather on March 20 and 21, Community Foundation staff will be delayed in responding to phone calls and messages regarding scholarship application questions.  

2018-2019 Scholarship Applications

The 2018-2019 scholarship application will be open March 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018, with just over $1 million available for students pursuing post-secondary education or vocational training. By completing one online application, students may qualify for more than 225 scholarships. The completed application with required attachments must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 31. 

Students about to complete their senior year of high school, students already enrolled in a trade school, college, or university, and non-traditional students over the age of 21 are eligible to apply. Scholarship criteria is established by the scholarship funds' founding donors. Some scholarships do not consider financial need. All students are encouraged to apply. 

To learn who qualifies, what scholarship money can be used for, what documentation is needed to accompany the application, and personal essay tips, please read this Scholarship Application Information document.

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The scholarships are helping me earn my Associate of Science in Aviation Management degree, and after completing my BS in Aeronautical Science, I plan to be commissioned into the United States Air Force and become a pilot. Your investment in my education will not be wasted.

Adrian Bobb, recipient of The David G. Marshall Memorial Scholarship, 2015-2016, and The Workforce Development Board Youth Education Scholarship, 2016-2017

Other Scholarships:

Scholarships available outside of the general scholarship program are posted here. 

Bob and Pat Gehrke Scholarship Fund for College Prep - College Admission Testing Assistance

High school students who are Frederick County residents and in their junior or senior year can receive financial assistance to participate in classes that prepare them for college admission testing, such as the SAT or ACT. Participants will be selected based on financial need, as well as their leadership and community service record. A minimum 3.0 grade point average is required. Recipients will be notified within 45 days after submitting their application.

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Trade and Technical Scholarships

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 Peg and Orley Bourland Educational Assistance Fund for Glade Valley

Scholarships are available to students studying in trade or technical fields and may be used for tuition, fees, testing, trade tools, tutoring or supplies. Applicants must be a resident of the Walkersville, Maryland feeder school area. This application is NOT online; download the application and return it to the Community Foundation office by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018 (received, not post-marked). 

Bourland Trade and Technical Scholarship Application

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.

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The Donald and Lydia Falconer Scholarship Fund

Scholarships are available to students pursuing education at a trade or technical school located in Frederick County, Maryland. Applications are reviewed for financial need, aptitude for the chosen field, and good character. Scholarships are renewable for the student's tenure at the school providing the student attains a minimum grade point average.



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