"Our mission is to invest in the lives, dreams and futures of Fort Hill High School students by
providing funds to complete their education and to further their career goals."
About The Fund
In 2008 the Fort Hill Scholarship Fund (FHSF) was established to provide scholarships to graduating seniors. The FHSF is part of the Allegany County Public Schools (ACPS) Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization. Scholarships are awarded to students attending two or four- year institutions or technical schools. While the fund endowment is increasing through a variety of fundraising efforts, the FHSF will also search existing scholarships and match them to the interests of Fort Hill graduating seniors. The ultimate goal o the FHSF is to assist all graduating seniors in achieving their college or career goals. Your donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. Please take a moment to sign up for our opt-in mailing list and join our Facebook group.
In 2012, the FHSF awarded (19) $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors. Since the fund's inception $39,000 has been awarded. Over $100,000 has also been earmarked for the endowment. A Scholar Assistance Fund was also established to help assist students with unique circumstances. Scholarships were awarded to students attending technical schools, two-year colleges and four-year universities. In addition, the FHSF assisted over 50 students with college admission forms and scholarship applications.
The FHSF holds workshops for parents with representatives from the military, trade unions, two-year and four-year colleges. Workshops offer advice related to choosing a career and assistance in completing financial aid forms and scholarship applications.
FHSF works with the faculties of Fort Hill and Washington Middle Schools to help students:
Share your time and talent to help build a strong fund. We can always use the help.
Contribute to the endowment fund or create a scholarship:
Value Of Education
The average lifetime earnings of a:
High School Graduate is $1.2 million
Associates Degree is $1.6 million
Bachelor's Degree is $2.1 million
The need for scholarships is great!
Rising Cost Of A
Since the mid 1980's, the cost of higher education in the United States has steadily shifted from state funding to individual families. In the past five years (2007-2012) costs have increased 40% - - - the largest increase in any five-year period. College costs are increasing at about twice the rate of inflation. Recent increases have averaged 5% to 8%.
Annual cost of Tuition, Fees, Room & Board for in-state students.
Private College $29,000 $45,000
Four-Year (FSU) $12,800 $18,000
WVU (out of state) $30,400
The cost of tuition and fees (without room and board) at a two-year college was $2,300 in 2006, and today it is:
Many students attending a two-year college plan on transferring to a four-year university to complete their education. Most students cannot afford the expense without substantial financial assistance.
Help support FHSF by donating now. We cannot function without you!