Scholarship Program

Rise Up & Soar!

Rise Up Hagerstown's signature service project is it's scholarship program. The Rise Up Hagerstown Scholarship Program is a second-chance education program offering scholarships to men and women who have overcome addiction or incarceration or overcome abuse, sexual or domestic. For persons in these categories far too often educational and employment opportunities are limited. We understand that overcoming obstacles such as these to improve one's life should be rewarded with opportunities as overcoming such obstacles requires commitment and determination.  But the everyday reality is these people are typically turned down for employment and educational opportunities keeping them stuck in a cyclic pattern of poverty. Our desire is to change that as much as the system allows.

Why Construction Trades?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction trades outlook projects a 22% job growth by 2022. This is great news for the economy, nationally and you personally! The construction trade faces a shortage of construction workers making it an ideal industry to elevate your earning potential and improve your quality of living. The construction trade is a well-paying career in the fourstate area and can use skilled people like you. Becoming a certified plumber, welder, electrician, carpenter, mason, or other skilled person requires training through organizations like Barr Construction Institute/ABC CVC, made accessible to you through the Rise Up Hagerstown Scholarship Program.


Not Just for Men, But Women Too!

While the skilled trades industry has historically been dominated by men, it is open to women also. ABC- CVC strives to train women and support their pursuit of a career in the field. Join the movement to bring more women into trades careers while elevating your earning potential. Attracting more women to the industry makes economic sense. Bringing women into this male-dominated industry is a GREAT way to increase the size of the skilled workforce, closing the skills gap. In an era of increasing concern over the wage gap, getting more women to enter trades careers is also a promising way to achieve equity.

Dates and Deadlines:

Application Open: January 1st, 2020

Application Deadline: July 20th, 2020 (email or postmark date)

Notification of Selection for Interview: Last Week of July

Scholarship Interviews: August 8th, 2020

Announcement of Award(s): August 9-12th 2020

Scholarship Orientation: August 15th (for those awarded scholarships)

Rise Up Hagerstown will award up to twelve (12) full-scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year at Barr Construction Institute. Scholarships are primarily for first-year students, second year attendance typically is paid for by an apprenticeship employer. In the case that an apprenticeship does not offer paid tuition as a benefit, student is welcome to apply and must provide documentation stating so from the apprenticeship employer. Applicants must also apply and be accepted to Barr Construction Institute in addition to applying for the Rise Up Hagerstown Scholarship. Barr Construction Institute is part of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Cumberland Valley Chapter in Hagerstown, Maryland.


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: legal difficulties/incarceration, substance abuse/addiction, and/or be an abuse survivor.

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

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 July 20th, 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 to Barr Construction Institute prior to release of scholarship funds.

3. Contact Barr Construction Institute at Associated Builders & Contractors Cumberland Valley Chapter and complete their application process, classes begin in September.

530 North Locust Street 
Hagerstown, MD 21740 

Fax: (301) 739-1026 

NOTE: The admission process with Barr Construction Institute is separate from the application process for the Rise Up Hagerstown Scholarship, and an additional step. For admission registration questions, contact ABC-CVC, Rise Up Hagerstown will not be able to answer questions pertaining to registration at Barr Construction Institute at ABC-CVC. For questions pertaining to your Rise Up Hagerstown Scholarship application, contact Rise Up Hagerstown by email or phone as listed above, Barr Construction Institute at ABC-CVC will not be able to answer questions pertaining to it.

The admission process at Barr Construction Institute at ABC-CVC includes:

  • Math pre-test

  • 3 letters of reference

  • High school transcripts

  • Completion of their Application

  • Registration Fees

  • Other information as needed

  • Interview with Barr Construction Institute

About Barr Construction Institute at ABC-CVC:

Barr Construction Institute at Associated Builders & Contractors of Cumberland Valley (ABC-CVC) provides both formal apprenticeship and craft training programs that are registered with the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR), the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), and Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council (MATC). These programs meet all federal and state requirements for formal apprenticeship and prevailing wage work including employer-sponsored classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Upon successful completion, apprentices are recognized at the journey-worker level in their trade and are awarded their Maryland DLLR certificate of completion.  An apprentice is a highly committed individual who works full time under the direction of a journey-worker or master while attending classes in the evening. ABC-CVC Apprentices are registered with Maryland Apprenticeship & Training Council (MATC), and National Center for Construction, Education & Research (NCCER). ABC-CVC also can register apprentices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia in addition to Maryland depending on where the student is working. Their programs are registered and approved by the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship (OA), and the Veterans Administration. Depending upon the trade, the program covers 2-4 years of classroom related instruction. Attaining Journeyperson status for most trades requires that a student accumulate eight thousand (8,000) on-the-job training hours and at least 576 hours of related instruction to achieve Journeyperson status. A full-time job totals 2,000 hours each year and the Apprenticeship Training Program provides at least 144 hours of related instruction per year. ABC-CVC offers over twenty curriculum trade courses including:  Bricklayer/Mason; Carpentry; Cement Mason/Concrete Finisher; Construction Craft Laborer; Electrical; Glazier; Heavy Equipment Operator; HVAC-R; Insulation Worker; Painter; Pipefitter; Plumbing; Reinforcing Ironworker; Roofer; Sheet Metal; Sprinkler Fitter; Steamfitter; Structural Ironworker; and Welder. Learn more about the training programs offered at  ABC-CVC: 

Learn more about Barr Construction Institute: or on Facebook @abccumberlandvalley


Learn more about the training programs at

© 2019 by Rise Up Hagerstown