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The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program awarded $66,500 to help 38 students in 2017. Our goal is to award 20% more, in 2018. Your support in the following ways is crucial to helping us reach this goal:  

  • Donations:  See information to the left.
  • Feedback Form:  See below on the left.
  • Join the Board of Directors or Advisory Board to help us change lives.
  • Spread the word to potential applicants, donors and Board members.

Your donations will help us provide the necessary ingredient for students to assist our efforts to support these deserving individuals.  Donations are 100% tax deductible. The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program is a component fund of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (CFNCR) under its Montgomery County arm; CFNCR is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Check donations: Download the attached form (available as PDF or DOCX) and include it with your check.

Online credit card donations: Montgomery County Community Foundation

Stocks and securities donations: Contact Kevin Donnelly 301-495-3036 ext. 162 or or Bridget Hanagan 301-495-3036 ext. 169 or

Thank You

We are truly grateful for your assistance.  Our goal is to increase both the number of awardees and the scholarship amount that we can give them. 

Board member Marilyn Joy Leeseberg says, "I enjoy volunteering for The Bernie because I admire the students who are working so hard to gain an education.  I also feel that these students will go on to help others in ways that I can't even imagine.  I feel like I'm contributing to the greater community for years into the future by supporting scholars today."

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How You Can Help

​How You Can Support Us

The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program targets a subset of the population that is often overlooked. This population consists of people who are barely able to support themselves financially and unable to fund their own advancement, due to limited resources. Many of them have already overcome extreme adversity and face the risk of remaining stuck in a low-income status. The Bernie Scholarship provides non-traditional assistance--child care, uniforms, equipment, etc.--as well as tuition and books.  Our goal is to enable awardees to pursue educational, vocational and career advancement by helping them achieve  their personal goals.

How to Contact Us

The Bernie Scholarship Awards Program

P.O. Box 2514

Rockville, MD  20847


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