Community Foundation Awards Over $50,000 in Education Grants


The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) honored Maryland Lower Shore schools and educators with $55,631 in grants through the Foundation’s 2014 Education Award Grants Program.

Education Awards are made annually in conjunction with National Education Week through a competitive process to public and private schools on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Grants are made to those schools that have developed innovative programs to be particularly beneficial to their students and communities.

“This awards program is the Community Foundation’s principle vehicle for recognizing and rewarding those schools that are engaged in making a particularly creative contribution to the education of our children,” said Dr. Doug Wilson, CFES President & CEO. “These awards highlight truly remarkable things our dedicated teachers and school administrators are accomplishing,” he added.

Calcott Award of Excellence Celebrates a Decade of Accomplishment

The Community Foundation honored a school from each of the three counties with the Tenth Annual Mary Gay Calcott Award of Excellence. The three schools recognized for their program creativity and curriculum ingenuity are: Wicomico County’s Parkside High School CTE, Somerset County Public Schools and Ocean City Elementary in Worcester County. In addition to the Calcott Award, each school received $1,000 from the Foundation’s Mary Gay Calcott Memorial Fund.

The award is named for the late Mary Gay Calcott, a professor of English at Salisbury University whose life embodied her teaching ideals of a liberal education; teaching students to think, to express themselves with clarity and to care about the world they live in.