Community Foundation Awards nearly $60,000 in Education Grants


The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore (CFES) honored Maryland Lower Shore schools and educators with $59,968 in grants through the Foundation’s 2015 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 Erica Joseph, CFES President. “These awards highlight truly remarkable things our dedicated teachers and school administrators are accomplishing,” she added.

Calcott Award of Excellence Celebrated

The Community Foundation honored one school with the Mary Gay Calcott Award of Excellence. The winning school was James M. Bennett High School. In addition to the Calcott Award, this 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 ideals of teaching students to think, to express themselves with clarity and to care about the world they live in.

The following programs received Education Award Grants for 2015 during ceremonies held at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Nonprofit Support Center in Salisbury: