Carroll County Times

Fire company, family offers four-year college scholarship

The Gamber and community fire company, in cooperation with the Oscar Brothers family, is offering a four-year college scholarship to a student who lives within the primary area serviced by the fire company.

The four-year scholarship will be awarded in the following manner: up to $5,000 the first year; up to $2,500 for the second through fourth year; with a total of $12,500 maximum payout per student over four years, to be used for tuition and books only.


To be eligible, students applying must have their primary residence within the "first due" geographical area serviced by the Gamber and community fire company. Financial need will be a primary consideration for recipients. Applicants must provide the most recent two years of total family income plus the number of children in the family.

Students from Westminster, Liberty, South Carroll, Century and Winters Mill high schools, as well as any student from any other private or home school, are eligible as long as their primary residence is within the "first-due" geographical area serviced by the Gamber and Community Fire Company.


A minimum course load of 12 credit hours is required, and students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in order to remain eligible for funding each semester for the entire four years. Students attending two-year programs are also eligible and must maintain a 2.5 GPA as well to remain eligible. Student must perform 40 hours of community service during each year of eligibility within the Gamber and community fire company service area.

Maintaining honors can earn recipients an extra $500 per semester when submitted with the appropriate documentation. Applications must be received no later than April 15, in order to be eligible to receive consideration for scholarship funding annually.

The Oscar Brothers family and the Gamber and community fire company assume responsibility for all costs and expenses of the scholarship and for the management and operation of the program. The family and the fire company reserve the right to accept or decline any or all applicants, and selection and decisions are final.

To obtain a form, email

, or mail a request to Scholarship Committee, Gamber & Community Fire Company, 3838 Niner Road, Finksburg, MD 21048; and include the student's name, address, telephone number and email address.