Scholarship Success Stories

Education is priceless, and our donors have supported the educational goals and dreams of thousands of students in Frederick County. Read these inspiring stories of success.

Austin Braswell: Creativity Reigns

Austin is a graphic designer for the Customer Experience Team (CX) at Stanley Black & Decker in Towson, Maryland. He creates marketing materials for the company’s different brands, including Black + Decker and DEWALT, as well as in-store merchandising displays. He also creates materials for new product campaigns and assists with the packaging of new products. Austin graduated with a degree in Fine Art and Design from Towson University in 2015 and is a 2010 recipient of The Barry D. Richardson Memorial Scholarship for the Visual Arts.

John Curran: Headed for Medical School

John is a 2017 graduate of Hood College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts. He received The Kevin R. and Sara J. Wade Scholarship in 2013, and while in school, completed an internship program at United Way of Frederick County. At United Way, John was a digital content intern, and then a community impact intern. In the fall of 2017, he plans to start a post-Baccalaureate pre-med program, and continue on to medical school. 

Michael Hassett: Coaching and Helping Others

Michael graduated from Salisbury University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and is working at Walkersville High School as an athletic trainer and physician extender, and at Pivot Physical Therapy. He received the The Kevin R. and Sara J. Wade Scholarship in 2015, after graduating from Walkersville High School in 2011. He plans to attend graduate school and become a physician assistant. 


Kelly Mitchell: A "Heart of Gold"

Kelly received The Englebrecht-DeGrange Scholarship in 2015 and completed her Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution in 2015 from American University’s School of International Service. Her Bachelor’s degree from Towson University in Anthropology, International Studies, and Spanish combined with her Master’s degree set the stage for her move to Ecuador, where she is the program coordinator at the Hearts of Gold Foundation. She works with local nonprofits and leaders through capacity building workshops and mentoring. 

Kevin Pridham: Cancer Researcher

Kevin is a 2008 graduate of Middletown High School, and a 2012 graduate of Loyola University Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He received a scholarship in 2008 from The Charles Thomas and Mary Ellen Main Scholarship Fund that helped him finance his first year of college. Kevin is in his fourth year of graduate school at Virginia Tech working towards a PhD in translational biology, medicine, and health as he studies glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer. He plans to teach in higher education and continue his laboratory research work. 


Jamima Staples: Business Professional

Jamina, after graduating from Frederick High School in 2014 and Randolph-Macon College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, has made Frederick Home and started her professional career as a loan closer with NVR Mortgage. Her educational goals were supported with scholarships from The Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund in 2015 through 2017, and a scholarship in 2015 from The Joseph B. and Dorothy Long Fund. 


I will always be proud and extremely grateful for my local Frederick roots, and I'm honored to take what I've learned from the community to an international level. 

Kelly Mitchell

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