Since 1986, the Community Foundation has been the leading resource for scholarship funding in Frederick County - managing more than 250 scholarship funds. 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. These thoughtful donors are creating a better future for Frederick County by financially assisting students who are pursuing a post-secondary education.

2017-18 Scholarship Application Information:

The online application for post-secondary and vocational scholarships opens March 1, 2017 and remains open through 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2017.

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

  • If you plan to apply for scholarships that consider financial need, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at Once your information has been processed, download a copy of your Student Aid Report to upload to your scholarship application.
  • Request an electronic copy of your transcript from your high school or college. High school seniors will need their first semester transcript. All others will need the most recent academic transcript.
  • Write your personal essay using the 2016/17 Common Application Essay Prompts. Essay length is a maximum of 650 words.

You are encouraged to complete your application and submit it in advance of March 31. The online system will save your work automatically. All applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2017. You will receive an email verifying that your application was received.

ATTENTION PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS WITH RENEWABLE SCHOLARSHIPS: You must reapply to receive the scholarship for the upcoming academic year.

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

High school students who will be entering their junior or senior year this fall 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:

Available scholarships for Frederick County residents studying to enter trade and technical fields are listed below.

Scholarships may be used to pay for training at an accredited trade and technical school, certification exams, tools, and other supplies necessary for study and work in the trade. Students may apply at any time and will be notified of the status within 45 days of application. Scholarships will be paid directly to a school or vendor, and may not be used for reimbursement of tuition payemtns or purchases of exams, tools, or supplies to students. Each scholarship will remain open until funds are depleted.

Available scholarships:

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 Peg and Orley Bourland Educational Assistance Fund: scholarships are available to those residing in the Walkersville, Maryland feeder school area, with preference given to those pursuing vocational, technical, and skilled trade fields that are not four-year degrees.

NOTE: this scholarship is NOT an online application. Please download the PDF file of the application, complete, and return to the Community Foundation office by Friday, March 31st at 4 p.m. The application must be received by this date and time, not post-marked. Hard-copy of the application is also available at Walkersville High School Career Center, Career and Technology Center (CTC), Glade Valley Food Bank, Walkersville Public Library, Walkersville Town Hall, Woodsboro Town Hall, Frederick Community College Career Office, and the Community Foundation.

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