Adams County Community Foundation

News and Events

In July, during "The Big Give" the Adams County Community Foundation awarded grants through its annual competitive grants program to 33 organizations totaling $127,913.

The next deadline for the Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust grant applications will be January 15, 2018.

Please visit the new Adams County Dollars for Scholars website A user-friendly way to help students access more local and nationwide scholarships.

BEN FRANKLIN FUND

The great patriot and Revolutionary War statesman, Ben Franklin, left a testamentary trust which was to accumulate principal and interest for a period of 200 years, and then be distributed to two designated beneficiaries, namely, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To give to this fund or to find out more about the many different funds available, click here.

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Scholarships

For-up-to-date information, please visit the Adams County Dollars for Scholars website

The Dollars for Scholars Fund was established by the ACCF Board of Directors in 2009 to build scholarships for Adams County youth who want to go on to post-secondary schooling.  All youth attending schools in Adams County may participate in and benefit from this fund.  This fund will build the future of Adams County and its youth by making higher education a possibility and successful careers an attainable goal for any young person with a dream.

“To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.”

Thomas Jefferson

In addition to the scholarships offered through Adams County Dollars for Scholars, Adams County Community Foundation administers scholarships that are non-Dollars for Scholars scholarships. To access more information or to apply for a non-Dollars for Scholars scholarship please click here.

To access more information or to apply for a Dollars for Scholars scholarship please visit www.adamscountydfs.org

REASONS TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP FROM ACCF

Dollars for Scholars Advantages

As a Scholarship America affiliate, Adams County Community Foundation is able to offer:

  • Matching Gifts through participating Colleges and Universities
  • One standard Dollars for Scholars application for multiple scholarships
  • Potential future matching opportunities.

  • REASONS TO START A SCHOLARSHIP AT ACCF. . .

    Dollars for Scholars Advantages

    As a Scholarship America affiliate, Adams County Community Foundation is able to offer:

    • Matching Gifts through participating Colleges and Universities
    • Security from loss of other financial aid.
    • One standard Dollars for Scholars application
    • Potential future matching opportunities.

    Scholarships (both endowed and pass-through) in all Adams County High Schools

    • Bermudian Springs High School
    • Biglerville High School
    • Conewago Valley School District
    • Delone Catholic High School
    • Fairfield Area High School
    • Gettysburg Area High School
    • Littlestown Area High School

    County-wide Scholarships

    Expertise in

    • Organizing and setting up scholarships
    • Creating and managing fund and official documents
    • Promoting scholarships to students
    • Creating a clear and complete application process
    • Awarding scholarships
    • Following-up after scholarships are awarded

    Considerations for Starting a Scholarship

    Anyone can start a scholarship:

    • Individuals or Families
    • Businesses
    • Service Organizations

    Your charitable gift can become:

    • A named, endowed fund
    • A passed-through gift

    Recipients can be defined:

    • For a particular school district
    • For a particular area of study
    • For a particular post-secondary institution
    • For meritorious performance
    • For financial need

    If you or your organization would like more information on how you can help an Adams County student reach for their dream, contact Ralph Serpe at ACCF, 717-337-0060.