Smithsburg H.S. Presents Community Foundation Scholarships

The Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. presented the following scholarships at Smithsburg High School’s Senior Awards Ceremony:

  •  Mitchell Akers Leopard Spirit Scholarship of $1,200 to Payton Belella.
  • Jon Christopher Gauss, Jr. Wrestling Scholarship of $250 to Dylan Bryce.
  • Charas Heurich Memorial Scholarship of $250 to Paige Kutchey.
  • Quinn Alec Hoover Boy Scout Legacy Scholarship of $1,000 to Tim Horning.
  • Officer Christopher Nicholson Memorial Scholarship of $800 to Sara Hetherington.  
  • Young Scholars Award of $1,200 to Kayla Huntzberry.

Payton Belella participated in varsity volleyball, National Honor Society, Latin Club and
Washington County Juniors Volleyball Club. She will major in biology in college.

Dylan Bryce was the captain for both the varsity soccer and varsity wrestling teams. He also participated on the debate team at his school and as an Eagle Scout in Troop 108 in Leitersburg. Dylan will attend a four-year university and plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.

Paige Kutchey served as secretary for SGA, team captain for varsity girls’ soccer and on both the
homecoming and prom committees. She plans to attend Salisbury University and pursue a degree in elementary education.

Tim Horning’s extracurricular activities included Fellowship of Christian Athletes, senior captain of the varsity soccer team and Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout. He will go to Hagerstown Community College and major in engineering.

Sara Hetherington played volleyball in high school and plans on joining the police force or FBI after receiving a master’s degree in criminal justice at Stevenson University.

Kayla Huntzberry participated in Unified Bocce and varsity softball while serving as treasurer for SGA and secretary for National Honor Society. Her goal is to obtain a degree in business or marketing at a four-year college.

Foundation Scholarships at Boonsboro H. S.

The Community Foundation presented the following scholarships at Boonsboro High School:

  • Boonsboro High School Alumni Scholarship of $500 to Priscilla Bushko.
  • Joseph M. Ellis Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 to Matthew Scalese.
  • Jon Christopher Gauss, Jr. Wrestling Scholarship of $250 to Dakota Pfeiffer.
  • Michaela Jean Grove Scholarship of $1,000 each to Jaime D'Ambrosio and Nathanael Saunders.
  • Dwight Scott Scholarship of $750 each to Donald Drawbaugh and Elizabeth Hawkins.
  • South County Scholarship of $900 to Jaime D'Ambrosio.

Priscilla Bushko ranks first in her class and serves as the Boonsboro Literary and Arts Magazine Editor, secretary of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Spanish Honor Society and plays on the varsity tennis team. She plans to pursue a degree in physics at Princeton University.

Matthew Scalese participates in Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout, National Honor Society, indoor and outdoor track, Spanish Honor Society and marching band. He plans to major in secondary education with a focus on history/social studies at a four-year university.

Dakota Pfeiffer plays on the varsity football, wrestling and lacrosse teams as well as indoor track and field. He hopes to become a high school history teacher and coach.

Jaime D'Ambrosio is involved in varsity lacrosse, cross country, Class Cabinet, National Honor Society and Link Crew. She will attend Elon University and major in business.

Nathanael Saunders participates in varsity basketball, football and soccer as well as the National Honor Society. He earned an Associate of Science degree in Cybersecurity at Hagerstown Community College and plans to continue his education at a four-year university, majoring in computer science.

Donald Drawbaugh serves as captain of both the football and lacrosse teams, received the WCFOA 2014 Sportsmanship Award and is in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout. He will attend Penn State University and major in biomedical engineering.

Ranked in the top of her class, Elizabeth Hawkins serves as president of FCA, vice president of National Honor Society and senior captain of varsity cross country as well as indoor and outdoor track and field. She will major in neuroscience at a four-year university.    


  • People's Choice Award Nominations

    July 1, 2015

    Every November, the Community Foundation recognizes the unsung heroes in our community, people who give generously and unselfishly of their time, talents and abilities to improve the quality of life in Washington County, at the Annual People's Choice Awards. The Foundation establishes a $5,000 endowment fund on behalf of each winner to benefit the nonprofit organization of their choice. Click here to nominate a hero for the 2015 People's Choice Awards.

  • Adna B. Fulton Family Scholarship Awards Three Students

    June 30, 2015

    The Adna B. Fulton Family Scholarship recently awarded three scholarships to Taylor Leather, Garrett Renner and Lindsey Shank. Mr. Fulton established this scholarship at the Community Foundation to provide scholarships to students pursuing a post-secondary education, with preference given to AC&T employees and their children or grandchildren.


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