Scholarships

The GCCW offers up to five, $500 scholarships each year.  In addition, we’re administering the new Maureen R. Sharps Scholarship in 2018.

Join us as we celebrate the 2018 Scholarship Recipients at the Garrett County Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast will be held Saturday, April 7, 9:30 to 12:30 at Dutch’s at Silver Tree.  Be sure to register before March 31 to get the discount!  Registration Information is here.

New in 2018! Maureen R. Sharps Scholarship

2018 Maureen R. Sharps Scholarship Application
(pdf fillable form)

Guidelines for Maureen R. Sharps Scholarship Applicants

Purpose of the scholarship

This scholarship was created in memory of Maureen R. Sharps, a Garrett County Educator, to help a female resident of Garrett County complete her educational requirements leading to a degree, preferably in education. The scholarship may be used to attend an academic program at Garrett Community College or a four-year institution.

Who is eligible for this scholarship?

To be eligible, the woman must be a resident of Garrett County for at least 5 years, at least 20 years of age and at least two years past her high school graduation or GED. She may be already enrolled in a college or be applying for entrance into such a program. She must be able to demonstrate financial need as well as demonstrate the ability and character to succeed. Previous applicants and recipients are welcome to apply.

How much is the scholarship?

The GCCW Maureen R. Sharps Scholarship will be offering one (1) $5000 scholarship at a rate of $2500 per semester for the 2018-19 Academic Year. The scholarship payment will be directly to the Bursar of the college after an invoice is submitted to the GCCW. The Scholarship will be awarded at the Hall of Fame Breakfast on April 7, 2018 at Dutch’s at Silver Tree.

How is the scholarship recipient chosen?

The Commission for Women will establish a Confidential Selection Committee which will rank the applicants according to the following:

  • An official transcript of her last semester from the program she is currently attending and/or a letter of acceptance from the program she wishes to attend;
  • A completed Commission for Women Scholarship Application Form;
  • A letter of reference from a faculty member who knows her work well; or a letter of reference from a community member well versed in the applicant’s plans and prospects.

Missing or incomplete data, particularly with regard to financial need, will count against the applicant.

What are the responsibilities of the scholarship recipient?

She must attend the program for 2 semesters for which she has made her scholarship request in the 2018-19 Academic Year. Complete her work in that program with a GPA of a B or better. She must also be willing to be photographed and have her story used locally for publicity purposes. At the end of the academic year, she will send the Garrett County Commission for Women a report on her work.

What is the deadline and to whom is the application sent?

The scholarship form is available in paper format at the Garrett County Public Libraries or the Garrett College Financial Aid office, and on line at the Commission for Women at the link above. Completed application packets are due to GCCW by March 1, 2018 by sending the application to gccwinfo@gmail.com or mailed/dropped off to:

Board of County Commissioners
Attn: GCCW Scholarship
203 South Fourth Street, Room 207
Oakland, MD 21550

Questions about the application process may be addressed to gccwinfo@gmail.com

………. 2018 Garrett County Commission for Women Scholarship

2018 GCCW Scholarship Application
(pdf fillable form)

Guidelines for Scholarship Applicants

Purpose of the scholarship

The Commission for Women established this scholarship to help a woman resident of Garrett County complete her educational requirements leading to a degree or certificate beyond the high school level. The scholarship may be used to attend academic or career oriented programs at a community college, a four-year institution, or for graduate school, or for technical training leading to a certificate. It is open to all majors.

Who is eligible for this scholarship?

To be eligible, the woman must:
Be a resident of Garrett County for at least 5 years
Be at least 20 years of age
Be at least two years past her high school graduation or GED
She may be already enrolled in a college or technical program or be applying for entrance into such a program
She must be able to demonstrate financial need
Previous applicants and recipients are welcome to apply, but the scholarship will not be awarded to the same person two years in a row.

How much is the scholarship?

The GCCW will be offering five (5) $500 scholarships. The scholarship for the Summer/Fall semester of 2018 is for $500. The Scholarships will be awarded at the Hall of Fame Breakfast on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Dutch’s at Silvertree.

How is the scholarship recipient chosen?

The Commission for Women will establish a Selection Committee which will rank the applicants in the following categories:

  • An official transcript of her last semester from the program she is currently attending and/or a letter of acceptance from the program she wishes to attend;
  • A completed Commission for Women Scholarship Application Form;
  • A letter of reference from a faculty member who knows her work well; or a letter of reference from a community member well versed in the applicant’s plans and prospects.

Missing or incomplete data, particularly with regard to financial need, will count against the applicant.

What are the responsibilities of the scholarship recipient?

She must attend the program for which she has made her scholarship request in the Summer/Fall 2018 semester and complete her work in that program with a B or better average. She must also be willing to be photographed and have her story used locally for publicity purposes. At the end of the semester, she will send the Commission for Women a report on her work.

What is the deadline and to whom is the application sent?

The scholarship form is available in paper format at the Garrett County Public Libraries or the Garrett College Financial Aid office, and on line at the Commission for Women website here.

Completed application packets are due by March 1, 2018 to:

Board of County Commissioners
Attn: GCCW Scholarship
203 South Fourth Street, Room 207
Oakland, MD 21550

Questions? For more information, you may contact Lisa Thayer Welch at gccwinfo@gmail.com