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The Rockville Rotary Club Foundation Establishes Two Scholarships  for Montgomery College Students

Funds will support credit and noncredit students pursuing education pathways leading to jobs

The Rockville Rotary Club Foundation has made a multi-year commitment of $50,000 to the Montgomery College Foundation to support student scholarships. Students in the College’s credit and noncredit programs will be eligible for the awards to help them complete their associate’s degree or credential leading to employment. The Rockville Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Rockville, a service organization with approximately 40 members from the local community.

The scholarship for noncredit students is named the Rockville Rotary Foundation Harry and Marguerite Skoll Scholarship, and the fund was made possible by a generous gift from the late Harry Skoll to the Rockville Rotary Foundation. A longtime Rotarian, Mr. Skoll specialized in helping struggling companies become profitable and eventually bought his own company, PGC Scientifics, which made and repaired glass laboratory equipment.

Eligible students for the Rockville Rotary Foundation Harry and Marguerite Skoll Scholarship must be pursuing a credential in one of the following areas: health sciences, early childhood education, building trades, auto technology, commercial driver license, cosmetology or veterinary assistant. Students can apply through the College’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education Career Path Scholarship process, which has two application cycles. The Rockville Rotary Foundation has pledged $25,000 ($5,000 per year) until 2018. Several Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) students have already benefitted from the scholarship.

The Rockville Rotary Foundation also established a second scholarship fund for credit students on the associate’s degree track, with a five-year commitment of $25,000 ($5,000 per year) until 2019. Funds will support five students per year with financial need.

“The Montgomery College community is grateful for the generous support of the Rockville Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Rockville members,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, Montgomery College president. “We applaud Harry Skoll’s vision in supporting noncredit students enrolled in short-term training programs that lead to family-sustaining jobs. He and the Rockville Rotary members are changing lives by establishing these two scholarships for Montgomery College students.”

Montgomery College has had a long relationship with the Rotary Club of Rockville. J. Stephen McAuliffe, III, is the president of the Rockville Rotary Foundation and a longtime member of the Montgomery College Foundation board of directors. Dr. Darrin Campen, Instructional Dean of Education and Social Sciences at Montgomery College, is a past president of the club.

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