Chartered in 1982 to "promote and encourage advancements in the fields of music, art, literature, science, and those individuals involved in said fields," the BWCC Foundation has every year since produced a variety of scholarships for deserving high school students, awarding up to 18 scholarships each year to students on their way to schools well-known locally and statewide--Capitol College, Prince George´s and Anne Arundel Community Colleges, the University of Maryland, and St. Mary´s College--as well as to such esteemed out-of-state institutions as Mercer University, Miami University of Ohio, and Yale University.
The Foundation´s core scholarship program consists of two $1,500 awards and two $1,000 rotated annually to eight Baltimore/Washington Corridor high schools (Hammond and Reservoir High Schools in Howard County; High Point, Laurel, and Pallotti High Schools in Prince George´s County; Meade Senior High in Anne Arundel County; and Paint Branch and Springbrook High Schools in Montgomery County). Each winter, the Foundation notifies the principal of the recipient school and asks that the school´s faculty select the student it feels is most worthy and deserving of the award. After the appropriate awards ceremony, the check is drawn to the institution selected by the student.
In addition to the core program, the BWCC Foundation from time to time accepts, invests, and distributes the interest from corporate and personal gifts. Five such programs are under way: The J. Donald Henyon College Assistance Fund, which honors the former President and Chairman of the Board (1988-1995) of Citizens National Bank; the Helen R. Leahy Fund (assigned to Pallotti High School and awarded annually to a graduating student pursuing a course of education in business), underwritten by Vincent J. Leahy, Esq., former Chairman of the Board of the Chamber, former Director of its Corridor Transportation Corporation and the BWCC Foundation, in honor of his mother, who maintained a lifelong interest in the study of business; the Frank P. Casula Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to students at both Laurel and Pallotti High Schools in memory of the late county councilman and mayor of Laurel; the $1,500 Bormel, Grice & Huyett, P.A. Business Scholarship Fund given to a graduating senior from Laurel, Pallotti, River Hill, Hammond or Atholton High School who has excelled in the business program; and a recent program established as a memorial to the late Esther Levan, mother of a prominent attorney, Robert Levan, Esq., who has served as president of the Corridor Transportation Corporation and Chairman of the BWCC, as well as serving as a Foundation Director. Another scholarship program administered by the BWCC Foundation is the Tourism and Hospitality Fund, an outgrowth of the Chamber´s former Information Center operations on Interstate 95. This fund supports students embarking on associated careers through curriculum offered at Howard and Prince George´s Community Colleges.
The BWCC Foundation also collaborated for thirteen years with the BWCC, the National Security Agency, Anne Arundel and Howard County Public Schools in an Annual Baltimore/Washington Corridor Math Symposium. The event brought as many as 160 middle and high school math teachers from both public and private schools for a full day of dialogue and instruction focused on the latest methods and technologies. According to Jack Pettit, former Director of NSA´s Mathematics Education Partnership Program (MEPP), teachers reported the program as being "one of the most rewarding of their training experiences." The nationally unique program was recognized as one of five nationwide finalists for the coveted Community Service Award, selected and presented by the U. S. Chamber of Commerce.
For the past 4 years the Foundation has partnered with the National Security Agency and many corporate contributors in strategic alliance with the Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) to support the Annual Conference of the MCTM, drawing as many as 1,000 math education professionals to a day-long program featuring nationally recognized speakers and nearly 100 math instruction seminars and work sessions. In this era of concentration on Science, Technology, Engineering & Math, or STEM subjects, the Foundation is exceedingly proud of its longstanding support of math education, and has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of students.
The BWCC Foundation´s ability to promote educational opportunities beneficial to students and through their success the community-at-large stems solely from the support of the business community it represents and the values held by its members. The Chamber and the Foundation welcome that generous participation and support in the effort to contribute to the critical mission that education serves in a complex and technologically sophisticated society.