Since 1986, the Community Foundation has been the leading resource for scholarship funding in Frederick County. Generous donors make these scholarships possible for many different reasons. Some donors want to support students aspiring to careers similar to the ones that they had. Other donors create scholarships to "pay back" the community that has given generously to them. Still others start memorial funds to honor the legacies of their deceased loved ones. Regardless of the reason for starting their scholarship funds, these thoughtful donors have shown their commitment to creating a better future for Frederick County by financially assisting students who are pursuing a post-secondary education.

For the 2014-15 academic year, $552,000 was presented to 274 scholars, for a total of 362 scholarships.

2015-2016 Academic Scholarship Application:

The next academic scholarship application period will open on January 15, 2015 and close on February 15, 2015. Frederick County, Maryland residents who are graduating seniors (June 2015) and students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies are encouraged to apply.

Please read the FAQ document BEFORE starting your application. It contains important information you need to know. You will be referred to this document if you contact the Community Foundation office with questions. Click HERE to access the FAQ document.

Please note: The scholarship application does not require a completed FAFSA, or information from the FAFSA form.

A "how to" video is available with pointers about completing the scholarship application. Click HERE to view.

Meet some of last year's scholarship recipients and hear why they were excited to receive a scholarship. Click HERE to view.

Scholarship Application Information Sessions:

Three one-hour information sessions will be held in January 2015. Sessions will provide an overview of the Community Foundation's scholarship program, and the "do's and don'ts" of completing the online application. Information about receiving an outside scholarship and how it could affect a student's overall financial aid package wll also be discussed.

Students and their parents/guardians should plan to attend IF:

  • You plan to enroll at the college level for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • You are already enrolled at the college level.
  • DO NOT attend if you are not at least a senior in high school. This training is NOT applicable to high school juniors.

Sessions will be held:

  • January 27, 2015, at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, 7 p.m., in the media center. THIS SESSION IS CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER AND SCHOOL CLOSING. IT IS RESCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2015, SAME TIME AND LOCATION.

Please note: Participating in an information session is not required, but it is encouraged as the information shared is extremely helpful and will help you complete your application quickly and easily. It is only necessary to attend ONE of the sessions. Each session is the same and covers the same information.

It is not necessary to register to attend.


The Maryland Retired School Personnel Association Scholarship

The Maryland Retired School Personnel Association Scholarship is for applicants who are currently employed by a State of Maryland Public School Board and who are currently enrolled and pursuing their teacher certification. Do not use this application link if you do not meet this criteria. The application period will open on January 1, 2015 and close on February 28, 2015.

Click HERE to visit the MRSPA scholarship information page.


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