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 will be available March 1, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2017. Check this page for additional updates.

Information sessions about the application process will be held on the following dates. Please note the various start times for different locations. For planning and space purposes, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Community Foundation office with your name, the number of people attending, and which date/location.

  • February 22, 2017, 7:00 p.m. - Urbana High School, Media Center
  • February 28, 2017, 10:30 a.m. during FLEX time* - Tuscarora High School
    *student sessions

Thomas F. Waters Dance Scholarship

Students ages 12 - 17 who are currently pursuing dance instruction with a dance company or school located in Frederick County, Maryland may apply for The Thomas F. Waters Dance Scholarship. Students must also be a resident of Frederick County, Maryland. Online applications will be accepted beginning February 15, 2017 through March 15, 2017. 

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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.

Click HERE to download the application.



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