CFSOMD Grant Materials
2017 CFSOMD Grant Opportunities:
2017 Alice W. Bowen Memorial Scholarship
The Alice W. Bowen Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship of up to $5,000 to a Calvert County Public School graduating senior who completed the Academy of Health Professions program at the Career and Technology Academy and intends to pursue post secondary education in the area of health professions.
For more information, view the scholarship criteria and guidelines.
The Opportunity Fund Grant ProgramThis grant provides resources to address health and wellness needs of Charles County residents. Monetary grants of up to $5,000 are available to 501 (c) (3) organizations, religious charities, and government agencies that provide drug rehabilitation, emotional rehabilitation, domestic violence, and youth wellness services to Charles County residents.
2017 Deb Sheftz Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is established in the memory of Deb Sheftz who first taught history at Southern Middle School and then at Patuxent High School. Deb died on December 6, 2014, way too early, from complications of a brain aneurysm. Although Deb came to teaching in a non-traditional way, after first fighting to be the first female machine mechanic in a factory in Pennsylvania, going to a public interest law school, and then practicing law and defending persons accused of crimes, she found her passion in teaching. At Patuxent High Deb taught government, criminal law, and AP world history. She loved teaching world history because she believed that if one knew and understood the past and the long term effects those earlier events have on today, one could view the current issues that plagued the world community through that lens. She believed that only if one saw the present through the historical lens of the past could one hope to arrive at a workable solution to current problems. Deb also loved to travel the world and she brought her love of world cultures and history back to her classroom. She urged her students to challenge assumptions, not stand by silently when injustices occurred, to be open-hearted and open-minded to all, and to be culturally aware and tolerant. Above all, Deb believed each person had an obligation to be part of positive changes.
Throughout her life Deb was committed to identifying and addressing issues of inequality and social injustice rather than ignoring them. This was a commitment she imparted to her students. She also recognized that the “playing field” was not equal and that everyone had a moral obligation to right the wrongs of the past; whether the past was many years ago, a few days ago, or a mere minute ago. Deb looked for the best in all, whether it was her students, friends, or strangers and urged and encouraged everyone she met to strive to be their best-selves. She often did this with humor and empathy. She understood that many people had obstacles that stood in their way to becoming their best-selves, whether caused by outside forces or self-doubt, and she sought to nurture and help in any way she could. Her heart grieved when she witnessed a student who had such potential and who wanted to further his/her education but because of circumstances could not go to college. Therefore, this scholarship was created to help a Patuxent High School student, who wants to an instrument of positive change and fight against injustice, to attend college and be a positive influence on the world.
The scholarship is for a single year per student and will be awarded annually in the amount of $2500. The scholarship will be awarded the end of May of each year and will be paid to the educational institution for first year college expenses.