Scholarship Program

Rise Up & Soar!

Do you find yourself struggling to better your life, but being held back due to your past?

Do you desire to add skills training and financial security to your life?

Have you overcome addiction or incarceration or abuse (physical or sexual)?

Do you have 1-year of time, space, and healing since that experience?

Have you been actively working to better yourself instead of letting it define you?


Rise Up Hagerstown’s second-chance scholarships are for you!



Rise Up Hagerstown’s primary purpose is to help overcomers like you to achieve their desired financial sustainability. We understand that it took lots of hard work to conquer your past experiences and that having a little support can go a long way in reaching your goals. We all have hurts, habits, and hang-ups that define who we are today because they are part of our experiences, but they should not define our worth. Conquering one’s hurts, habits, and hang-ups shows character and determination. You overcame, but what’s next? Do you find yourself unable to obtain needed job training to reach financial sustainability in order to provide for you and your family? Are you tired of hearing we’d love to hire you but with your history…? Societal stigmas along with cyclic and systemic barriers can be overwhelming, feeling as if there is no use to try to improve oneself. Rise Up Hagerstown is here to assist you in this next step.


If you have worked to overcome your past experiences, to be a better person, that is something to be applauded because it is hard work. It should not exclude you from being eligible to advance your education and ultimately your career and financial sustainability. But far too often, our past is used as reason to deny us that opportunity. The Rise Up Hagerstown Board of Directors is pleased to announce that our second-chance education opportunities have expanded, creating more opportunity for you to rise up and soar. Our scholarship programming still includes Barr Construction Institutes trade programs but has expanded to include select programs in While keeping your other avenues of support intact such as your recovery group and support networks, begin training for a new career to gain charge of your financial future. Finances affect one’s emotional health in a major way. This combined with the emotional and mental health advances you already made in your recovery can help advance you to the next level of success and happiness. It will be a challenging journey but one worth it!

Dates and Deadlines:

Application Open: January 1st, 2020

Application Deadline: August 10th, 2020 (email or postmark date)

Notification of Selection for Interview: August 11th-13th

Scholarship Interviews: August 15th, 2020

Announcement of Award(s): 1-3 Days after Interviews

Scholarship Orientation: August 22nd (for those awarded scholarships)

Rise Up Hagerstown will award up to six (6) scholarships in the amount of up to $1500.00 each for the 2020-2021 academic year to approved schools listed above. Approved scholars must also apply and be accepted to the school of choice in addition to the scholarship application process.


To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be 18 or older prior to the application due date;

  • Applicant must have overcome a life obstacle in one or more of the following areas: incarceration, substance abuse/addiction, and/or be an abuse survivor. Applicant must have 1-year since that life event and show how they have overcome that instance using it to make them a better person.

  • Applicant must live in the Washington County, MD, tri-state area/region. 

How to Apply: 

Applicants will be evaluated on each component of their submission. All applicants are to submit the following:

1. Complete scholarship application form which includes the following:

  • Short answer response as to how you would benefit from this scholarship and what sets you apart from other applicants. Space for response is included in the application, if more space is need you can attach additional pages. (Minimum 2 sentences, no maximum limit)


  • Short answer response detailing some hardships you have overcame in your life regarding poverty, legal difficulties/incarceration, substance abuse/addiction, or history of trauma and how you overcame these struggles to become the person you are today. Space for response is included in the application, if more space is need you can attach additional pages. (Minimum 4 sentences, no maximum limit)


  • Three (3) character references (not related to you) that are aware of your journey and success in overcoming. References could include but aren’t limited to case managers, professional/educational contacts, self-help groups, recovery groups, social service case managers and more. References should be listed in the application, additionally letters may be included or emailed but not required.

2. Submit completed scholarship application by August 10th, 2020 via mail or email:      

Postmark must be on or before deadline.

Rise Up Hagerstown
Attn: Scholarship Fund
PO Box 3527
Hagerstown, MD 21742-3527

NOTE: If selected for a scholarship award, you will be required to provide proof of enrollment at selected school.

3. Contact your school of choice (Barr Construction Institute, James Rumsey Technical Institute, Hagerstown Community College or University System of Maryland at Hagerstown) and complete their application process. Scholarship applicants must provide verification of acceptance before funds will be released to the school. 

School Links:

    Barr Construction Institute:  Website: | Facebook: @abccumberlandvalley | Programs @ Barr


    Hagerstown Community College:  Website:  | Facebook: @hagerstowncc | Programs @ HCC

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    James Rumsey Technical Institute:  Website: | Facebook: @abccumberlandvalley 


    USMH:  Website:  | Facebook: @usmhagerstown | Programs @ USMH


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