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 2013-14 academic year, more than $504,000 was awarded to over 247 scholars. This represents scholarships from 267 funds.
The scholarship application period for the 2014-2015 academic year opens on January 15, 2014 and closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2014.
The actual online application will not be available until January 15, 2014. Please check back in January 2014 for the application and downloadable FAQ sheets and supplemental application instructions. The application offers more than 250 scholarships to deserving students.
All students studying at the undergraduate or graduate levels in the fall of 2014 are eligible to apply, including students enrolled in two and four year colleges or universities, and trade and technical schools. The majority of our scholarships are for Frederick County, Maryland residents.
If you plan to apply, begin gathering the following information now to make completing your application easier and more efficient:
- All applicants are required to obtain one letter of reference from a person who can address their academic abilities. The letter should be addressed to the Scholarship Committee and should be no longer than one typed page. The letter should address:
- reasons the applicant would be an excellent scholarship candidate
- the reference’s relationship with the applicant
- the reference’s awareness of any extenuating circumstances impacting the applicant’s ability to pay for college
- the basis of the reference’s opinion that the applicant would be a good investment for the Community Foundation.
- Applicants will be responsible for obtaining the letter of reference, scanning the letter into a PDF format, and uploading the PDF file into the online application after January 15, 2014. Please note: The Community Foundation cannot accept hard-copy letters of reference that are mailed or hand delivered to us nor will we forward or upload any letters of reference mailed to our office.
- To be considered for scholarships based on financial need (about 50 percent of our scholarships consider financial need), please supply your or your parents adjusted gross income (AGI) from your 2013 federal tax return if you were named as an dependent on their tax return. If you are independent and receive no assistance from your parents/guardians while enrolled in college, please submit your AGI from your own return, only. No other financial information will be required this year. Applicants will also submit an essay about why they need financial assistance.
- All applicants are required to attach either an unofficial copy or official copy of their most recent transcript. Graduating FCPS seniors should only attach their final junior year transcript.
Completing a Community Foundation scholarship application is the responsibility of each student applying for awards. Parents/guardians may assist, but the applicant will be disqualified if it becomes apparent that someone other than the student completed the application. Additionally, in order to respect the confidential content of the applicant’s scholarship application, the Community Foundation will address inquiries from the student completing the application only, and is not able to accept questions, emails, or telephone calls from parents/guardians.
The scholarship application should be completed in less than one hour if the applicant has all the items mentioned above at-hand.
To address questions that parents/guardians or applicants have about the application process, several free public information sessions will be held in January 2014.
Session I: Middletown High School Auditorium, Thursday, January 9, 2014: 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. snow date: Monday, January 13, 2014
Session II: Oakdale High School Auditorium, Thursday, January 16, 2014: 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. snow date: Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014
No RSVP required, sessions will review the 2014-2015 application process, provide tips to applicants, discuss changes in this year’s application and answer questions from audience. Both sessions contain same content attendees only need attend one session.
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