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Community Foundation awards scholarships to Washington County students

July 28, 2008

The following scholarships were awarded from a fund held by the Community Foundation of Washington County MD Inc.

The first Joseph M. Ellis Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Kayla Marie Barnes, daughter of Susan and Darrell Barnes. Kayla will attend Frostburg State University, where she will major in physical therapy. The scholarship is awarded in memory of community service advocate Joey Ellis, who died early this year. Ellis was a 2004 graduate of Boonsboro High School and a senior at Frostburg State University. This scholarship was created to honor his commitment to and passion for community service by providing financial assistance to a college-bound BHS graduate.

The Boonsboro Class of 1970 Scholarship, awarded by the class for the seventh year, went to Andrew Griffith, son of Oley and Sheri Griffith of Boonsboro. Andrew will attend Frostburg State University and plans to study environmental science. This award is given to personify school and community pride, and to recognize someone who give back through community service. While the committee also considers class rank, SAT scores and financial need, the goal is to award the scholarship to a student who is well-rounded, proud to be from Boonsboro and is likely to improve the community in the future.

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The Officer Christopher Nicholson Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Kelley. The scholarship was created with the financial support of the family of Nicholson, who was killed in the line of duty, and the community at large, to offer financial support to Williamsport High School graduates planning careers in law enforcement. Matthew said he hopes one day to be a Maryland State Police trooper like his father. He is the son of Nancy and Harold Kelley of Williamsport.

The Ralph Stottlemyer Sr. Scholarship was awarded to Tim Leather. This award was created through a People's Choice Award endowment to provide scholarships to South Hagerstown High School student athletes. "Coach" Ralph Stottlemyer named the award in honor of his father.

The Bill Maletzky Scholarship was awarded to Kim Adams. Preference for this scholarship is given to students who are studying in the post-secondary educational setting of their choice, who show a commitment to pursuing higher education, and who were members of at least one varsity sports team at South Hagerstown High School.

Washington County 4-H has three scholarship funds with the Community Foundation. Awards from these funds were made as follows:

4-H Dairy Scholarships awarded to:

Morgan Smith of Smithsburg, daughter of Debbie and Donnie Smith. Morgan will attend Alderson Broaddus College in West Virginia. She plans to become a physician's assistant.

Spencer Leggett of Clear Spring, son of Craig and Brenda Leggett of Boonsboro. Spencer will attend HCC and major in business.

4-H Market Livestock Scholarships awarded to:

Karlie Hose of Clear Spring, daughter of Charles and Kimberly Hose. She will start her college career at Hagerstown Community College with plans for a career in animal science.

John Timothy Martin of Smithsburg, son of Steve and Karen Martin, hopes to major in mechanical engineering. He plans to attend Hagers-town Community College.

Mildred Schmid Memorial 4-H Scholarships were awarded to:

Katie Frey of Smithsburg, daughter of Charlie and Jane Frey. She will attend Delaware Valley College and major in large-animal science.

John Timothy Martin of Smithsburg, son of Steve and Karen Martin. He hopes to major in mechanical engineering. He plans to attend HCC.

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