Monica L. Bowers Memorial Fund

Through the encouragement of Principal James Aleshire of Clear Spring High School and Principal Nicole Paylor of Conococheague Elementary School, Dave Bowers and his three daughters created the Monica L. Bowers Memorial Fund at The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. to memorialize his wife, Monica Bowers. Monica passed away on January 31 at the age of 48. She was born in Winchester, Virginia, and graduated from Berkeley Springs High School in 1983. Monica received both her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and her Master’s of Art in Teaching from Frostburg State University. Throughout her career, she taught at Winter Street, Clear Spring, Hancock and Lincolnshire Elementary Schools before becoming the principal at Hickory Elementary School.

According to Dave, “It wasn’t a job. She just loved children.” Monica’s daughter, Jenn, remembers her mother buying sandwiches for needy children at school who had not eaten breakfast that day. Monica was a teacher, principal, friend and mentor to many during her brief life, leaving a legacy of positivity and encouragement. She had a passion for her church, helping kids and animals.    

Family and friends of Monica Bowers established the Monica L. Bowers Memorial Fund to provide financial support to students graduating from Clear Spring High School. While preference may be given to students planning a career in social work or education, all Clear Spring students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship that will present its first award in 2015.

Donations to the fund may be made in Monica’s memory to the Community Foundation at 33 W. Franklin St., Suite 203, Hagerstown, MD 21740, or on our website by clicking on "Donate" on the left-hand side.

The Maxwell “Max” Niessner Suicide Prevention Fund

Jim and Pam Niessner recently established the Maxwell “Max” Niessner Suicide Prevention Fund at The Community Foundation of Washington County to memorialize their son Max who passed away on June 2 at the age of 17. Max was born in Columbia, Maryland, and was currently a junior at North Hagerstown High School. He volunteered at St. Ann Catholic Church as an altar server and religious education aide. Max enjoyed Cub Scouts, baseball, football and American history.

Max’s parents created the Maxwell “Max” Niessner Suicide Prevention Fund to provide education and awareness for the prevention of suicide to help other families not endure such a loss. Donations may be made in Max’s memory to the Community Foundation by mail, or by clicking on "Donate" on the left-hand side of this website.


  • Free Wills & Estate Planning Seminar: August 12

    July 30, 2014

    The Community Foundation will hold a free wills and estate planning seminar at its office on Tuesday, August 12 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Attorney Jeanne F. Singer, P.A. will discuss such topics as the basic components of a will and what it means to have a living trust. In addition, each attendee will receive “Planning your Legacy,” a guide to planning your will and trust.

    For more information on this seminar or to reserve your spot, please call the Foundation at 301-745-5210.  

  • Hilton Receives Christine Ecker Memorial Scholarship

    July 29, 2014

    Charles and Karen Ecker recently presented Kayley Hilton with the Christine Ecker Memorial Scholarship at North Hagerstown High School’s awards ceremony. Miss Hilton’s extracurricular activities include cheerleading, an internship at the Meritus Health childcare facility and various community service projects. She will attend a four-year university and pursue a degree in sports medicine or physical therapy.

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