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.

2019-2020 Scholarship Applications

The 2019-2020 scholarship application opened March 1, 2019 and remains open through March 31, 2019. The blue button to access the application is located on this page. 

By completing one general application, students may qualify for more than 250 scholarships. 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. 

You can prepare for completing the online application by following these steps:

  • If you plan to apply for scholarships that consider financial need, a Student Aid Report from the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required to be uploaded. Complete the FAFSA form at 
  • Request a transcript from your high school or college. High school seniors and college students will need their most recent academic transcript to be uploaded with their online application.
  • Review a sample of the General Scholarship Application. Do not use this document to apply; all applications must be through the online portal beginning March 1.
  • Prepare for the required personal essay of 650 words (maximum). Review the Essay Prompts document for assistance and ideas.


Scholarship Committee Volunteers Needed!

Are you interested in giving back to your community through volunteer service? The Scholarship Committee makes recommendations regarding scholarships from funds for which the Community Foundation has the responsibility of choosing awardees. It also ensures all scholarships are awarded according to the scholarship funds' criteria and in accordance with all policies and regulations. 

If you:
  • Can dedicate between 10 and 20 hours in April 2019;
  • Have access to a computer (PC, Mac, or iPad) to access the electronic applications;
  • Can collaborate and work with other committee members to ensure the best applicants receive the scholarships;
  • Attend one orientation meeting in March.

Then we need you! Please review all the details and requirements in the Scholarship Committee Overview document and then contact Alysa Munday, Community Impact Associate, by email or call 301.695.7660. 

I am a biology major with a pre-med track at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. I plan to pursue a career in medicine upon graduation and become a pediatrician. Thanks to your generous scholarship, I hope that one day I will not only help patients but also help struggling students by assisting them as you have assisted me. Thank you for investing in my future. 

Nadia Bah, recipient of The Saint Peter Claver Scholarship, 2017-2018.

Trade,Technical and Other Scholarships

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

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 29, 2019 (received, not postmarked). 

Click here to download the Bourland application

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 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.

Apply for MADDEN Scholarship



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