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McDaniel College recently received nearly $6.7 million from the estate of an 1891 alumnus to establish an endowment for scholarships. It is the largest bequest for scholarships in the college's 146-year history. Upon his 1945 death, Philip Henry Dorsey's will established a trust fund to provide scholarships for his descendants to attend Western Maryland College, now McDaniel, and five of his descendants earned degrees from the school from 1948 to 1962. The college has researched the trust and its ongoing provision to fund scholarships for Dorsey's descendants and worked with its trustees to manage the transfer of funds. Dorsey, of St. Clements Bay in St. Mary's County, was one of 18 students to earn a bachelor's degree from Western Maryland College in 1891.

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As the result of many efforts of the Carroll County Early Childhood Consortium, Carroll County has been named number one in the state for school readiness because 96 percent of its kindergartners were assessed as fully school-ready. The mission of the consortium is for children age 5 and younger to have access to quality early care and education, including health services, so they are ready for school. Its agencies serve thousands of children and their families each year. In 2007, Carroll County was named 19th in the state for school readiness. Because of several different efforts from the consortium, the county went from 62 percent of kindergartners being ready for school up to 96 percent deemed as school-ready.

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Shifts of volunteers gathered at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor to compile 4,000 safe motherhood kits in four hours Saturday. It was the second large-scale kit-making event for IMA World Health - a faith-based nonprofit aimed at advancing health overseas. The organization manages health programs overseas, in places with lackluster health care such as South Sudan, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and more. New Windsor-based IMA World Health has been collecting donations and making safe motherhood kits since 2007, when Pat Amass, a Westminster resident, brought them the idea.

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United Way of Central Maryland released $104,000 to three health and human service nonprofits to help fill gaps for impoverished residents. Access Carroll County received $30,000 to support the new family dental clinic in its building. Human Services Programs of Carroll County received $64,000 to support shelter services for women, children and families. The Carroll Child Care Center received $10,000, which will assist directly in funding a sliding fee scale for parents who cannot afford child care. The grants were given in part to health and human services programs due to the cuts social programs have seen with the federal sequester, officials said.


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