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Frances Lancaster Grant for Teacher Education


sponsored by


Alpha Beta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma society International


Apply using the St. Mary's County Common Scholarship Application


The Frances Lancaster Grant for Teacher Education is awarded annually to assist pre-service teachers with undergraduate educational pursuits. This award was established in 1983 in memory of Frances Elizabeth Lancaster, a St. Mary’s County Public Schools educator and a founding member of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

Mrs. Lancaster arrived in St. Mary’s County in 1965 when her husband, Howard, was transferred to Patuxent River Naval Air Station. As a Navy wife, she taught at overseas bases including Morocco and Guantanamo Bay,as well as in elementary schools in four states before settling here. As a St. Mary’s County educator, she taught at Mechanicsville, Benjamin Banneker, Oakville, White Marsh and Greenview Knolls Elementary Schools.  Mrs. Lancaster was one of the first county reading specialists.  She served in this position for eight years, helping numerous teachers increase their reading instruction skills.

Mrs. Lancaster was active in the De La Brooke Fox Hounds W Hunt Club and she worshiped at Lexington Park United Methodist Church




William L. Smith Scholarship Award

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William L. Smith Jr. was born 04 January 1989 at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, MD to Jeanne M. Smith, USN and William L. Smith Sr life long resident of Scotland, MD.  So, of course Will and his brother Tim were raised in rural, Scotland, MD, otherwise known, as God’s Country! Will attended Ridge Elementary, Spring Ridge Middle School & of course Great Mills High School, where he graduated as a Scholar Athlete in June of 2007 FOREVER A HORNET after 19 years on this earth, Will’s life was cut short by a violent act and was laid to rest on 28 September 2008.  


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Love of St. Mary’s county was only matched by his love for his faith, family and of course Basketball, which goes back to when he was 2 yrs old and running after his dad on the gym floor, in Edzell, Scotland, UK. He had a basketball in his hands ever since and never put it down.   Will’s personality made him a lot of friends both out in the community and on the Football field, Baseball diamond and Basketball court, both in High School and College, but most important was the respect he showed to everyone he meet both classmates and teachers alike, he would help anyone anytime in the classroom and out.  He would look you in the eye, put his hand out and with that ever present “Will smile”  say Hi I’m Will what’s up son, to adults it was Hi my name is William. 

Where ever he was and whoever he was with that SMILE was ever present.  In that spirit his Dad, his brother, myself, and the whole Smith family started this Scholarship in his name, in hope that the recipient of this scholarship, steps of the Athletic Field, out of the Classroom and step into the Community with a Positive and How can I help you Attitude



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The Robert Fugera Memorial Scholarship

Awarded in 2013 and 2014

This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Robert (Bob) Fugera who was an educator in the St. Mary’s County Public School System from 1967 to 1997.

Bob was born in Everettsville, West Virginia on April 20, 1939.  After graduating from Morgantown High School in 1957 he attended Fairmont State College in West Virginia acquiring a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1962.  Bob & his wife, Becky, moved their family to rural St. Mary’s County, Maryland in 1967.  In the fall of 1967 Bob began teaching at Chopticon High School and spent his summers furthering his education at Rutgers University in New Jersey to achieve an additional degree in Mathematics.

Bob spent the majority of his career at Chopticon teaching mathematics and computer science.  He was instrumental in the creation of the chess club, participated with students in computer science bowls, coached football and wrestling and dedicated many after-school hours giving students the additional help they needed to achieve their goals. 

Bob’s hobbies included building televisions, repairing motorcycles and building & repairing computers for family & friends.  He fathered three daughters, all whom graduated from Chopticon High School and all went on to graduate with degrees in Computer Science, Accounting & Studio Art.






Elvear B. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

Apply using the St. Mary's County Common Scholarship Application

This scholarship is being offered in memory of Dr. Elvear B. Johnson who as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was instrumental member of the chartering team for the Tri-County Maryland Alumnae Chapter (TCMDAC), which was chartered on March 27, 2011.   Dr. Johnson passed away prior to completion of chapters chartering.   She had a passion and commitment to education and academic excellence.

Dr. Johnson graduated from Howard University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.  At Howard, she joined her beloved Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In 1975, she received a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado; a Master in Education in Guidance and Counseling in 1981 from the University of Maryland, and received her Doctorate of Philosophy from George Mason University in 2002. 

During her long career abroad and here in the United States, she served as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, staff developer, specialist to the superintendent, and principal.  She retired in 2006 from the Charles County Public Schools after 36 years as an educator and administrator. 












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