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Long time Montgomery County resident Bernard Ascher has established the Elinor Ascher Interior Design Scholarship in memory of his wife.

Mrs. Elinor Ascher passed away on May 31, 2015. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Ascher was a resident of Leisure World for nine years and lived in Montgomery County for most of her life. For decades, she owned a small design firm and was an allied member of the American Society of Interior Design. She also attended art classes at Montgomery College and developed a fondness for the College.

“Our family is pleased to establish a fund that will provide scholarships to students studying interior design at Montgomery College. Elinor would be gratified to know that her family is honoring her memory for worthy students,” said Elinor’s husband, Bernard Ascher.

The scholarship covers tuition, fees, materials and  any costs related to the course work for credit and noncredit students. It will support at least one student with up to $500 per semester.

“Our interior design students will greatly benefit from the Ascher family’s generosity and we are so pleased to honor the work and legacy of Elinor Ascher,” said Chantal Vilmar, professor and chair of the interior design department.

Applications for the scholarship can be found here.



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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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