Scholar Success Stories

Scholars becoming leaders creates impact forever. Hundreds of students have received scholarships from the Community Foundation, and have gone on to have successful careers.

Read about several of our successful scholar’s below, and click HERE to enjoy more stories.

Are you one of our successful scholars? We’d love to know how your scholarship helped gain you success. Let us know where you are and what you are doing currently by completing the Scholarship Alumni Form.

Blakemore.webNo matter what choices a person makes in life, a key factor in their success is having the motivation to succeed in spite of obstacles, personal difficulties, and any other diversions life throws in their way. According to Deirdre Blakemore-Inman, a non-traditional student who graduated in 2004 from Hood College with honors (magna cum laude), "even though I was motivated to succeed, none of my accomplishments would have been possible without the scholarship assistance I received."

Markey.webAnnabelle Peake Markey's journey to her current position as Associate Pastor at Community Lutheran Church in Sterling, Virginia, has, and continues to be one where her numerous and varied interests come together in an unique way.

ForHoffmaster.web Eric Hoffmaster, every day is full of monkey business. A 2013 Frostburg University graduate, Eric's Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, and minors in business administration and animal behavior is leading him towards a career that will benefit animal conservation and welfare.

Shelton.webMany things are associated with death, such as the color black, a hearse, a skull, and large flower arrangements in cardboard vases. But cupcakes, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and professionally decorated cakes added to that list? It doesn't sound like a match made in heaven, but when you taste any of these delectable concoctions, you will understand that a bakery named "Cakes to Die For" makes perfect sense.

Jacquelyn Roderick Grossnickle first became interested in law while earning her diploma at Walkersville Grossnickel.webHigh. She found history classes intriguing, especially those that discussed the Supreme Court. As Jacquelyn progressed through her college undergraduate years, her interest became solid as she studied history and political science. After graduating from Hood College with a bachelor of arts in political science and a minor in business, she set her sights on studying law at University of Baltimore.

Bowers.webIt takes a person with a special heart and mind to want to help people who experience high-stress situations, assist families who need counseling, such as individuals and families who have lost everything due to natural disaster, and children with emotional problems. Perhaps growing up as the daughter of a fire fighter instilled some of the courage and passion it takes to be successful, and Natalie Bowers has done just that.

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